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Greenpeace responding to the week’s events at the UNFCCC

Posted by fidest press agency su sabato, 24 ottobre 2015

GP01XT2Responding to the week’s events at the UNFCCC, Martin Kaiser, head of international climate politics at Greenpeace, said:“This week started with a powerful typhoon battering the Philippines, the 12th storm to hit the country this year. It’s ending with Mexico about to be hit by Hurricane Patricia, the most powerful hurricane ever recorded in the western hemisphere. We need no other reminder that we are already feeling the impacts of climate change. “Meanwhile, negotiations have gone on here for five days as if there is no urgency at all. This puts more pressure on the negotiations in Paris, and makes it much more difficult to reach an ambitious agreement. “On the positive side, some critical elements like the long-term goal of phase out fossil fuels are back and getting growing support among countries. We want to see words which signal the end of the fossil fuel era, and a new era based on 100% renewable energy. But this is a start.“More and more countries also support a mechanism for ramping up climate pledges every five years. This process needs to start before 2020 to avoid locking in weak ambition. “It’s also good that loss and damage has remained in the text. This is a must-have for the poorest, who are losing their homes now in countries like the Philippines or Mexico. “On the other hand, the text is far too long. With only five weeks to go before Paris, we have 55 pages. And it’s not specific enough on some of the key issues. It’s clear why this has happened: the oil-producing countries are trying to block negotiations and hi-jack this process for their own ends. They mustn’t be allowed to get away with this.“The shortage of time is becoming a serious issue. Negotiators are getting nervous and that’s understandable given what is at stake. Everyone wants to play their cards very late. But not everyone can have the Ace of Spades. And this is too important to be a high-stakes poker game. Countries need to drop the cards, and play together as a team.“What gives us hope is the dynamic change going on outside the UNFCCC process. This year we’ve had the G7 declaration on de-carbonisation, the Pope’s Encyclical, China-US co-operation on climate change and Ban Ki Moon’s meeting with global leaders at the UN where 100% clean energy was one of the options in the final declaration. “There has also been a mind-shift in the business world. Only yesterday, one of the energy giants, Enel of Italy, said it would phase out coal completely by 2050. The message is being sent to investors that the age of fossil fuels is over, and that should speed up the transformation from brown to green investments.“The winds of change are blowing through the energy world. Paris needs to feel those winds, and bend with them.” (Tina Loeffelbein Political Communications Lead – International Climate Politics)

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Greenpeace reacts to G7 climate discussion

Posted by fidest press agency su martedì, 9 giugno 2015

Garmisch-Partenkirchen-22Garmisch Partenkirchen, Germany. With their last communiqué about climate change today, the G7 countries made some progress. Greenpeace Head of international climate politics, Martin Kaiser, said:”Elmau delivered. At the close of the G7 discussion today in Elmau the vision of a 100% renewable energy future is starting to take shape while spelling out the end of coal. The decisions made by the G7 today indicated an acknowledgement that there needs to be a phase-out of climate-killing coal and oil by 2050 at the latest. Merkel and Obama succeeded in not allowing Canada and Japan to continue blocking progress against tackling climate change.However, some G7 leaders have left the door open for high risk technologies, like nuclear energy and carbon capture and storage.”Here, in Elmau, Merkel has committed Germany to ridding itself of coal. However, the heavy lifting will begin when she returns to Berlin and has to present a plan for complete phase-out of the dirtiest energy source. Then she could live up to her name as the ‘Climate chancellor’ and put to bed the travesty that, at 44%, Germany is the only G7 country which has the largest share of coal in its energy mix,” added Kaiser.The G7 decisions on climate change give an important impetus towards both the Paris agreement at the end of 2015 and the transformation of the energy systems towards a 100% renewable energy in all countries.

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More than 60 government​s back 100% reliance on clean, renewable energy

Posted by fidest press agency su domenica, 15 giugno 2014

climate_changeBonn. During two weeks of UN climate talks in Bonn more than 60 countries expressed their support for phasing out dependence on coal, oil and gas that are driving global warming, and relying instead entirely on renewable energy by the middle of the century. Backing for a transformation of the world’s energy system away from fossil fuels is the first sign that governments may finally be prepared to act on scientific conclusions from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that they accepted in April. Martin Kaiser, Head of International Climate Politics for Greenpeace said, “It’s a major breakthrough that almost one third of the world’s governments acknowledge that we have to switch from fossil fuels to clean energy in the space of one human generation. It is achievable – technology isn’t the problem. Governments can and must now act at the national level while they continue to hammer out the details of a binding new international climate treaty.” Despite the growing international enthusiasm for clean energy the Bonn talks ended with little detailed progress being achieved, despite an announcement by the United States that they will limit carbon emissions from coal burning and hopes that China will shortly toughen up its restrictions on coal use. China and the US are the leading carbon polluters. It is now up to Heads of State who have been invited by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon for a one-day Climate Summit in New York, in September, to deliver concrete measures against carbon pollution by supporting the drive for clean energy. “In New York, Heads of State must cement the objective that the world´s energy needs must be met by clean, renewable energy by the middle of this century, and give the green light to an action plan,” said Martin Kaiser. “It’s time they stopped subsidising coal, oil and gas companies with taxpayers’ money and instead backed the booming clean energy industry. That’s where new jobs and prosperity will come from.” “France, Germany, Japan, South Korea and other OECD countries must also stop financing foreign coal-fired power plants through development banks and export credits and shift these investments towards renewable energies,” said Kaiser. “Burning fossil fuels not only causes serious air pollution and health problems but is also accelerating global warming. The world`s ice sheets are melting at an alarming rate. Yet Australia, Canada, Japan and Poland want to rely on highly polluting coal-fired power plants and oil for the next few decades,” said Kaiser. “This is madness.”Kaiser said: “If the US, the EU and other rich nations provide the Green Climate Fund with around $15 billion, this will help unlock the climate negotiations.(2) Ensuring that all major carbon polluters including the US, China, India and Brazil table tough medium-term targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions by the promised date of March 2015 is also an essential part of the equation.”During the meeting in Bonn, civil society groups criticised the EU’s climate negotiations in Brussels. Martin Kaiser said, “It is ridiculous that leaders like Merkel, Hollande, Tusk and Cameron are proposing weak climate and renewable energy targets while at the same time complaining about Europe’s dependence on imported fossil fuels. Ambitious cuts in carbon emissions based on ramping up renewable energy supply and greater energy efficiency are the key to energy security for Europe, and point the way internationally.”


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Climate dialogue

Posted by fidest press agency su lunedì, 4 luglio 2011

Berlin. After Greenpeace activists unfurled a banner with the words ‘Take leadership to save the climate! Yes, YOU can!’ outside the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Bonn, Germany, Head of Climate Politics with Greenpeace Germany, Martin Kaiser said: “The 35 climate and environment ministers at Petersberg Climate Dialogue today must not be satisfied with simply talking – they need take home inspiration from Germany’s historic decision to phase out nuclear power and embrace renewable energy, and they must take strong leadership before this December’s UN climate meeting in Durban”. “Chancellor Merkel has shown real vision and leadership by taking Germany towards a renewable energy future, but unfortunately, other countries are failing in their responsibilities to prevent catastrophic climate change. The ministers gathered here must listen to Ms. Merkel and come to Durban with strong and lasting commitments which will ensure a radical cut in emissions, and climate financing, which has been long promised for countries on the frontline of climate change”.

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