Action on just six issues can deliver 90% of emissions reductions needed to limit global heating to 1.5C. The Energy Transitions Commission has published a new landmark report, outlining how policymakers can deliver the deep emissions cuts needed this decade to put the world on track to deliver the Paris Agreement. The new Energy Transitions Commission’s report on ‘Keeping 1.5C Alive’, the Commission’s deputy director Ita Kettleborough told edie, should “support a process that will enable NDCs to increase in the coming years – especially by the 2023 stocktake”. Specifically, she said, there is a need to simplify, for policymakers, the focus areas where it is feasible to deliver deep emissions cuts this decade, and to show the Government that businesses are willing to deliver change on the ground. With this in mind, the report is backed by the leaders of more than 40 businesses, research organisations and NGOs – and it outlines how actions in just six fields could deliver more than 90% of the emissions reductions needed to deliver the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C pathway. The six fields are reducing methane emissions; halting deforestation and scaling reforestation; phasing out coal; increasing the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs); improving energy productivity and decarbonising industry.
Edie 30th Sept 2021 read more »
The UK government is “culpable” for the world’s failure to get on track to meet its climate goals ahead of Cop26, the major UN summit taking place in Glasgow, Ed Miliband has said. In little more than a month, world leaders are due to meet for the UK-hosted conference to discuss how to get on course for limiting global heating to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels – the aspiration set by countries under the Paris Agreement in 2015. The latest analysis shows that countries are still far from meeting that goal. A recent UN review found that countries’ current climate commitments would see global greenhouse gas emissions increase by 16 per cent by 2030 when compared with 2010 levels. Emissions would need to fall by 45 per cent by 2030 to meet the 1.5C target. “We’re miles off where we need to be,” the shadow business secretary told The Independent. “I’m afraid the government does bear culpability. There’s obviously massive geopolitical forces shaping this, but they haven’t helped. “Whether it’s cutting overseas aid or telling people to power past coal and not doing it themselves, all of those things undermine their standing.”
Independent 29th Sept 2021 read more »
An Olympic rower, a sustainable fashion designer, and litter-picking triplets have been appointed by the government to drum up public enthusiasm for the Cop26 UN climate summit taking place in Glasgow this November. The ‘One Step Greener’ ambassadors, selected by the British public, are “extraordinary, everyday people” taking action to stop climate change in their everyday life, the government said. As ambassadors for the COP26 climate summit, they will be charged with inspiring others to also take actions to live greener.
iNews 29th Sept 2021 read more »