G20 Climate progress: When do the G20 say CO2 will start to reduce?
Saving Our Planet welcomes the G19 Leaders commitment to fight climate change: “We reaffirm our strong commitment to the Paris Agreement, moving swiftly towards its full implementation…..”
What you need to look out for are the G20 plans to reduce and remove CO2. Because this is what is needed to limit global warming to 2°C.
The G20 also agreed the G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth. But is this really an Action Plan?
As we all know, the Paris Agreement is about limiting the increase in the global average temperature to well below 2°C and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase to 1.5°C. And as we also know, implementing the Paris Agreement is all about reducing and removing CO2 in order to achieve the critical milestone of Net Zero CO2 – the point where all the CO2 we produce can be removed naturally by trees, plants, oceans and the soil. The G20 Climate Action Plan is 13 pages. So how is it possible to write a 13 page Climate Action Plan when ALL of these key words are all missing: CO2, zero, reduce and remove? Any why are no mention of 2030 and 2050 as key implementation dates? So is this really an Action Plan?
And what did they have to say about when CO2 will start to reduce? Because it looks like this got missed out.
Also, why is the G20 not able to commit to phasing out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies in the short term? Instead we have on page 12 that the G20: “reaffirm our commitment to rationalise and phase out, over the medium-term, inefficient fossil fuel subsidies that encourage wasteful consumption, recognising the need to support the poor and we will endeavour to make further progress in moving forward this commitment.”
Don’t stand down the Climate Change movement. All of us – and more – are still needed on the frontline of the fight against climate change.
See G20 Leaders’ Declaration 7-8 July 2017: https://www.g20.org/gipfeldokumente/G20-leaders-declaration.pdf
See G20 Hamburg Climate and Energy Action Plan for Growth