Trudeau says climate progress has been made at the G20, although Canada wanted a more ambitious plan – Vernon Morning Star
Canada wanted a stronger and more ambitious climate change deal to emerge from the G20 summit, but leaders still managed to make progress by pledging to address some key issues, Prime Minister Justin said on Sunday. Trudeau.
His remarks came as he wrapped up two days in Rome at the G20 leaders ‘summit, where the leaders’ final communiqué saw them agree for the first time in writing that limiting global warming to 1.5 ° C would be better. for everyone.
But the document also watered down many parts of a previous draft, including replacing specific deadlines to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050 and phase out coal-fired power by the end of the 2030s. , with net zero by “mid-century” and phase out coal-fired power “as soon as possible.”
The language promising to reduce methane emissions has been changed only to recognize that reducing methane is a cost-effective and relatively easy way to reduce emissions.
“There is no doubt that Canada and a number of other countries would have liked stronger language and stronger commitments than others in the fight against climate change,” Trudeau said at his press conference Closing.
“But we have made significant progress in recognizing that 1.5 degrees is the ambition we must share.”
A quarter of G20 leaders ignored the weekend’s events, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin, and Trudeau suggested it affected language on coal and net zero emissions.
“These are the kinds of things Canada will continue to stand up for, alongside all of our colleagues,” he said. “Not everyone around the table was here today and we are a group that works as much as possible by consensus. But we will continue to fight for a better future for all.
China, which is in absolute terms the world’s largest emitter, is still heavily dependent on coal for electricity, as is India. Both expressed an inability to reduce coal power at this point. China has also set a goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2060, rather than 2050.
Trudeau’s assessment was similar to that issued by G20 host and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, who said difficult things were easier to propose than to execute.
Draghi said he believes the G20 is working more cooperatively than it has in recent years.
But United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was leaving Rome “with my hopes unfulfilled”. He said he now looks to the UN COP26 climate talks in Glasgow for that hope.
His disappointment was echoed by conservationists.
“If the G20 was a dress rehearsal for COP26, then world leaders inflated their lines,” Greenpeace International Executive Director Jennifer Morgan said in a statement.
“Their release was weak, lacked both ambition and vision, and simply failed to hit the mark.”
Eddy Perez, head of international climate diplomacy for Climate Action Network Canada, applauded G20 leaders for finally realizing the importance of aiming to keep global warming at 1.5C.
“But the credibility of the world’s largest economic bloc rests more (than) on a simple agreement of principles. Without an ambitious and comprehensive plan to close the climate finance gap and accelerate the phase-out of fossil fuels, we will not be able to build a more equitable and just future that ends all expansion of coal, oil and gas.
Most G20 leaders, including Trudeau, will travel to Glasgow directly from Rome for two days of negotiations to finish drawing up rules on how the Paris climate agreement will measure progress and manage markets carbon emissions trading.
The hope had been strong language from the G20 as motivation for COP26, when all parties to the Paris agreement will be represented in one way or another.
Trudeau said the COP will continue to press governments to do more to slow global warming, even though the same leaders absent in Rome should also ignore Glasgow.
“It is a difficult process to change the trajectory of the world from fossil fuels to more renewable energies and to reduce our carbon emissions,” he said. “But it’s hard work that is being done by people here today, by people in Scotland, by people around the world, to which we are committed as the G20 and as a world.
Trudeau also said just having the G20 talks was progress.
“Whenever the world’s leaders are able to come together, especially after this year of the pandemic, in person again, and get together and talk about this existential threat to all of us that is change climate is in itself a victory, ”he said.
Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
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