G20 agrees on 1.5 degree warming target

the essential The COP 26 is “the last and the best hope” of limiting global warming to + 1.5 ° C, the most ambitious goal of the Paris Agreement, declared its president Alok Sharma at its opening Sunday in Glasgow (Scotland).

The leaders of the major economies of the planet, meeting in G 20 in Rome, managed to agree Sunday on commitments for the climate a little more ambitious than those of the Paris agreement, when the COP 26 opens in Scotland. While the G 20 represents nearly 80% of global polluting emissions, its heads of state and government should set the tone before to join Glasgow, where the UN climate summit opened on Sunday, by setting their more or less long-term objectives in the face of global warming.

According to the draft final press release, consulted by AFP, the G 20 reaffirms the objective of the Paris agreement, namely “to maintain the average increase in temperatures well below 2 degrees and continue efforts to limit it to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels “. But he goes a step further by adding: “Keeping (the target of) 1.5 degrees within reach will require significant and effective actions and commitments from all countries.” Either a “stronger language” than that of the Paris agreement of 2015, told AFP two sources participating in the negotiations.

The G countries 20 have also agreed to stop this year subsidizing new coal-fired power plant projects abroad. “We will end the granting of international public funding for new coal-fired power plants by the end of 2021”, indicates the text, which gives no objective on the other hand for the abandonment of coal at the national level.

The negotiations on the climate continued all night, according to a European source. The closing press conference by the head of the Italian government Mario Draghi, whose country will hand over the presidency of the G 20 to Indonesia, is scheduled for 16 h ( h 15 GMT). Most of the leaders present in Rome will then fly to Glasgow.

The COP climate conference 26 is “the last and the best hope” to limit global warming to + 1.5 ° C, the most ambitious objective of the agreement of Paris, its president, Briton, Alok Sharma said when it opened in Scotland. During the Covid pandemic – 19, “climate change has not taken a vacation. All the lights are red on the climate dashboard”, a- he added, on the first day of two weeks of a meeting considered crucial to the future of humanity.

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