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Renewable Energy “The Only Credible Way Out” to Avoid Climate Catastrophe – UN

Renewable Energy “The Only Credible Way Out” to Avoid Climate Catastrophe – UN

The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General said today that renewable energy is “the only credible route” to avoid a climate catastrophe, before the assembly of the International Renewable Energy Agency in Abu Dhabi.

“Only renewable energy can safeguard our future, close the gap in energy access, stabilise prices and ensure energy security,” António Guterres said in the United Arab Emirates.


Earlier in January in Lisbon, the UN leader had stressed that “the possibility of maintaining a global temperature growth limited to 1.5 [degrees Celsius] is on the verge of being lost and irreversibly so”.

“With current policies, we are heading towards 2.8 degrees of global warming by the end of the century. The consequences will be devastating. Several parts of our planet will become uninhabitable. And for many, this is a death sentence,” Guterres added today.

According to United Nations figures, renewable energies currently account for 30% of global electricity generation, a percentage that is expected to double and exceed 60% by 2030.

The former Portuguese Prime Minister advocated the need to remove intellectual property barriers so that key renewable technologies, including energy storage, are treated as “global public goods”.

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In addition, the UN secretary-general urged countries to diversify and enable access to supply chains for raw materials and components for renewable energy sources.

“This can help create millions of green jobs, especially for women and youth in the developing world,” Guterres said.

Finally, the Secretary-General called on political leaders to speed up the approval of sustainable projects and highlighted the importance of subsidies for energy companies, as well as public and private investment, to complete the energy transition.



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