The world’s richest nations used their influence to support the grand plan to banish fossil-fuel emissions at this century’s end in an unmatched show of solidarity on climate change.
The Group of Seven is strident in cancelling pollution gases from burning gas, oil or coal by the year 2100.
The G7 is under pressure to act on climate change issues after China, the world’s biggest polluter, took plans to curb its carbon output. The group’s solidarity is significant, prior to a UN December meeting in Paris, where 190 nations will aim to forge the first ever global emissions-reduction deal that would be mandatory for all countries.
Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor pushed for a commitment to aim for eradication of carbon dioxide emission from burning gas, oil and coal. The seven leaders affirmed an “urgent and concrete action is needed to address climate change.”
Burning of fossil fuels produces carbon dioxide, which traps the sun’s heat and warm the atmosphere up.
The leaders collectively agreed to press for a reduction, of 40% in 2010 to 70% in 2050 globally.
Merkel set climate change as the key topic for the congregation, like what she did the last time she hosted it in 2007.
Her challenge was to turn up a united alliance in Paris to better advocate for the goals. Their thrust is that negotiations with other countries, which includes major greenhouse gas emitters like China and India, would be easier if the developed countries will take a united stand.
Ulf Moslener, a sustainable energy finance professor at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Management, declared the G7 statement as “largely a confirmation of what has already been agreed” with regards to climate change. Its value was to get the advanced countries on the same page.
Moslener said the reduction inferred by Merkel’s decarbonization goal imply a significant change, “though it has to be said it’s a rather long time horizon.”