The recent Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report’s findings are both dire and clear: unless there are immediate, rapid and large-scale reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, limiting warming to close to 1.5°C or even 2°C will be beyond reach. Climate change is already devastating too many lives and livelihoods. We need a change, we need an energy transformation. Yet there is hope. Friends of the Earth Africa’s ‘Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan for Africa’ shows that it is not only urgent, but entirely possible, to reduce emissions, transform the energy system and support a just recovery on the continent. Friends of the Earth Africa believes that the triple crises of climate change, energy poverty in Africa and COVID-19 recovery must be addressed together. This ‘Just Recovery Renewable Energy Plan’ outlines how the continent can dismantle existing dirty energy systems to leapfrog Africa to 100% renewable energy for all by 2050. Such a plan would require over 300 gigawatts (GW) of new renewable energy by 2030, as agreed by the African Union, and over 2000 GW by 2050.
FoE International 31st Aug 2021 read more »
The Big Con: How Big Polluters are advancing a “net zero” climate agenda to delay, deceive, and deny. Our report with Corporate Accountability and Global Forest Coalition uncovers the dubious arithmetic, vague targets and often unachievable technological aspirations of big polluters’ “net zero” plans. It analyses plans from key polluting industries including energy, aviation, technology, retail, finance, and agriculture. It also looks at some of the strategies these industries have deployed to ensure their “net zero” agenda becomes the primary dogma of the global response to the climate crisis.
FoE International 9th June 2021 read more »