独占: Shadow business secretary called for tougher climate action from China and Australia at an event hosted by The Independent
Speaking at an event hosted by 独立者 火曜日に, the shadow business secretary said that big polluters such as 中国, India and オーストラリア must arrive at the UN climate summit starting at the end of this month with tougher emissions plans.
More concrete action from big emitters will be key to “closing the gap” between the world’s current climate pledges and what is needed to limit global temperature rise to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, the aspiration set by countries under the Paris Agreement, 彼は言った.
“Some people will be thinking, what is the point of these [summits]? Lots of people flying around the world, is that really a good idea?" 彼は言った.
“I see them as a rather large embarrassment mechanism. It’s basically a way to put world leaders on the spot and to make them account for what they’re doing. It’s a forcing mechanism.”
Mr Miliband, who represented the UK at the 2009 UN climate summit in Copenhagen, singled out Australia as a country that must be put under the spotlight.
“We have very friendly relations with Australia, [だが] Australia is doing very badly on climate," 彼は言った.
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“My message to Australia is step up: step up on a decent net-zero target for 2050, step up on a decent 2030 target.
“This is about [stepping up] to one’s friends, as well as countries that aren’t naturally one’s friends. Everybody’s got to be in here. Nobody gets a free pass because this is the ultimate collective action problem.”
Tom Steyer, the US environmentalist and businessman who also joined 独立者’s virtual Cop26 discussion, 追加されました: “It is impossible to look at global progress on reducing emissions without talking about China.
“China is the biggest greenhouse gas emitter in the world and is more than twice the next biggest which is the US.
“When we think about where we’re going as a planet, to think we can meet our goals without the active participation of huge countries in terms of population, like China and India, and resource-rich countries like Russia, seems to me to be just not true.”
A recent progress update from the UN found that, when taken collectively, countries’ current climate commitments would see greenhouse gas emissions increase by 16 パーセント 2030, when compared to 2010 レベル.
To have a chance of meeting the 1.5C target, emissions would need to fall by 45 パーセント 2030.
Mr Miliband, who was joined at 独立者’s Cop26 discussion by WaterAid’s Mozambique country director Adam Garley, added that his “one big worry” for Cop26 was a lack of clear leadership from the UK government.
“There’s a paradox about the UK. Our targets are good internationally compared to other countries, but our delivery has been incredibly poor," 彼は言った.
He added that the UK’s long-awaited plan for how it will meet its net-zero target, どれが 火曜日にリリース, “repeated the problem” of promises over action.
“They’re not willing to make the public investment necessary to make this transition [to net zero] with the urgency and fairness that is required – when all the evidence is that investing now on climate saves money later," 彼は言った.