Fidest – Agenzia giornalistica/press agency

Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 32 n° 15

G20: Seoul and the energy revolution

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 15 novembre 2010

Seoul The G20 has once again failed to take the path of green development that the world economy and the environment desperately needs, Greenpeace said today.  Governments fought over currencies and trade, but effectively ignored the clean energy revolution that can boost economies, create jobs, cut emissions and stop another global crisis – climate change.  Questioning the G20´s ability to follow through on its promises, Mittler continued: “The G20 is not even keeping its own promises, such as the commitment made last year to cut fossil fuel subsidies. If this group doesn´t act to cut the billions in taxpayers money handed out to big oil and coal before the next meeting in France, the G20 will prove irrelevant to this urgent task.” This would be a tragedy, as the International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates cutting fossil fuel subsidies would result in a cut of two gigatonnes of CO2 – or 5.8% of global energy-related climate changing CO2 emissions.Despite the Korean host’s pledge to prioritise following up previous commitments, leaders in Seoul failed to take any significant steps forward. “The G20 is failing to walk its talk at a time when subsidies to the tune of $100 billion per year continue to line the pockets of big oil and coal in the developed world alone” said Mittler. By merely “welcoming” the findings of the UN Secretary General´s Advisory Group on Climate Change Financing, (3), the developed country members of the G20 failed to start delivering on the promise to provide $100 billion per year by 2020 to fund developing country climate action – and adaptation. Governments should have agreed a roadmap on how they will implement innovative financial sources – such as a cutting fossil fuel subsidies and taxing air travel – to deliver $100 billion for a clean economy and climate protection.  “The G20 say that they ´commit to stimulate investment in clean energy technology´(4) – but how serious are they?” asked Mittler. “Eight million jobs could be created by 2030 if governments truly backed renewable energy and energy efficiency. In Seoul, they merely recycled old economic ideas and tried to pass them off as new by adding a green tinge.”

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