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Quotidiano di informazione – Anno 34 n° 349

Summit in Paris the African Renewable Energy Initiative

Posted by fidest press agency su mercoledì, 2 dicembre 2015

parisParis. the UN climate summit in Paris the African Renewable Energy Initiative – endorsed by African governments – unveiled a hugely ambitious plan to roll out clean energy across the continent. The announcement included a commitment to install 10GW of new renewable capacity by 2020, and a potential 300 GW by 2030.Meanwhile a report by Climate Action Tracker has found that if all the global coal plants currently in planning are actually built, the world will not be able to limit climate change to two degrees C. This week the Chinese government has had to shut down parts of industry due to air pollution from coal.Commenting on the Africa initiative Kumi Naidoo, Greenpeace International executive director and a South African, said:“Today I am proud of my continent. It has often been said that the nations of Africa do not have the same historic responsibility to act because they’ve done so little to cause the problem. But today they came forward and demonstrated remarkable vision. Africans are in the frontline of climate change, and ours have often been the loudest voices calling for ambitious action. The plan to push for 300 gigawatts of renewables by 2030 is certainly ambitious. But the major chunk of it needs to come through solar and wind installation, as opposed to big dams. Only then will this initiative bring sustainable low-impact energy to huge numbers of people who currently don’t have access to electricity. Africa could become the clean energy continent.”Commenting on the coal plant report and Chinese air pollution, Martin Kaiser of Greenpeace said:“The Paris climate summit needs to send a strong signal to the coal industry – build these plants and you’re burning money, because they’ll soon have to shut down anyway. We simply can’t power our world with coal for decades to come. If we do, we’re looking at temperature rises going well into the dangerous zone.” Her added:“Coal isn’t only a threat to the climate, it’s also poisoning our air. In China this week the government had to shut down parts of national industry because air pollution from coal burning hit critical levels. If Paris sets the world on a path towards 100% renewable energy by the middle of the century, and requires countries to come back with more ambitious short-term emissions targets, it will be good for the climate, our air, human health and our economies.”
China this week suffered one of the highest air pollution levels on record, with the government issuing orders to temporarily shut down or reduce production at factories in Hebei, a neighbouring province.


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