UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres presented a five-point plan to accelerate the wider use of energy from renewable sources, in order to refocus the world’s attention on climate change.
“We need to end fossil fuel pollution and accelerate the transition to renewable energy before we burn our only home. “Time is running out,” Guterres said.
In his plan, which is a stimulus ahead of the next UN climate change conference in Egypt in November, Guterres calls for technology transfer and the abolition of intellectual property protection related to renewable energy sources such as battery-powered energy storage systems.
Guterres also calls for expanding access to supply chains and raw materials for renewable energy technologies, which are currently concentrated in several countries. His plan includes state reforms to promote renewable energy, the rapid abolition of state subsidies on fossil fuels, which currently amount to $ 500 billion (about 475 billion euros) a year, and raising public and private investment to at least $ 4,000 billion (3,802 billion euros). that is, three times higher than the current one.
Guterres stated that currently the state subsidies for fossil fuels are three times higher than those for renewable energy sources.
“While people are suffering from high prices at gas stations, the oil and gas industry is reaping billions in a distorted market. That scandal must stop, “Guterres said.
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), the UN’s meteorological agency, previously announced that the concentrations of greenhouse gases, ocean heat, rising sea levels and ocean acidification rose to record levels last year.
According to the WMO report for 2021, the last seven years have been the seven warmest. The impact of extreme weather has led to deaths, diseases, migration and economic losses worth hundreds of billions of dollars, which is happening this year as well.
Jonathan Overpeck, a professor of environmental education at the University of Michigan, agreed with Guterres.
“The Secretary General hit the mark by focusing on fossil fuels. They are creating a worsening climate crisis and everything that goes with it. The solution to climate change, deadly air pollution and true national security is to abandon fossil fuels in favor of clean renewable energy. “The climate crisis and the war in Europe are a call to action, to liberate the planet of fossil fuels as soon as possible,” said Overpek.
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