UN message on energy transition

Regulation & Policy, Renewables    Jan 20, 2021 7:15 PM

UN Secretary-General António Guterres called for an ‘urgent transition’ from fossil fuels to renewable energy.

“All countries need credible mid-term goals and plans that are aligned with this objective”, Guterres said.

Guterres said that the world needs an urgent transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy to achieve net zero emissions by 2050.

The expert added that it is key to support African countries, while underscoring that all nations need to be able to provide access to clean and renewable energy that prevents “the dangerous heating of our planet”.

Guterres asked for a “strong commitment from all governments” to end fossil fuel subsidies, put a price on carbon, shift taxation from people to pollution, and end the construction of coal-fired power plants.

“We need to see adequate international support so African economies and other developing countries’ economies can leapfrog polluting development and transition to a clean, sustainable energy pathway.

The UN chief said that while only 20% of climate finance is earmarked for it, adaptation requires “equal attention and investment”.

“The forthcoming climate adaptation summit on 25 January is an opportunity to generate momentum in this much neglected area”, he added.

The expert reiterated the need to limit the global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels, stating emissions needed to fall by 7.6% every year between now and 2030.

“Some countries are still going in the opposite direction. We need to reverse this trend”, Guterres concluded.

Bottom-Line: Colombia is doing a great job promoting the use of renewable energies. However, the world needs the heavyweights to meet their commitments on this issue to see substantial change.


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