Governments urged to cut emissions using renewable solutions at Bonn climate summit

Press release - 6 June, 2011
Bonn, Germany, 6 June 2011 – As UN climate talks resume in Bonn today, Greenpeace urged governments to scale up climate ambitions and embrace a renewable energy future, following new research by the International Energy Agency (IEA) showing that carbon emissions reached an all time high last year, despite the global recession [1].

“With carbon emissions at record highs, it’s clear that policy makers are out of step with the speed of climate change in the real world”, said Greenpeace International Climate Policy Co-ordinator Tove Maria Ryding. Instead of talking about the problems of climate change, governments needs to start delivering proven solutions, by fasttracking their commitments to cut global emissions and invest in renewable energy”.

The Bonn COP 17 climate meeting comes in the wake of a new IPCC report [2] that shows it is both possible and economically viable to transform existing energy systems into renewable energy solutions that will power our societies, and follows the German government’s decision to close down nuclear powers stations and instead increase reliance on renewable energy.

“In light of Germany’s recent commitment to phase out nuclear power and embrace renewable energy, there couldn’t be a better setting than Bonn for demonstrating the potential of change”, continued Ryding. “Negotiators should take a look at Germany’s new renewable energy vision and realise that the right decisions are not only possible to make, but they bring huge economic benefits and wide public support”.

Widespread support from across the EU for raising emissions targets to a 30% cut in emissions has come from corporations, the European Parliament, ministers, trade unions and other non-governmental organisations. A rapid cut in emissions would deliver increased investment, more jobs, health benefits and lower fuel costs [3]. ENDS

For more information, please contact:

  • Caroline Chisholm, Greenpeace International Climate Communications, on +31 646 16 2018
  • Tove Maria Ryding, Greenpeace International Climate Policy Co-ordinator, In Bonn, on +45 28 78 08 83
  • Press Desk Hotline +31 (0) 20 7182470

Greenpeace event at Bonn:

A key issue in the negotiations in Bonn, will be how to design a future international REDD-mechanism to protect forest in developing countries. Greenpeace will be hosting a side event in Bonn, based on the recent Greenpeace report "Bad Influence", which reveals the unconstructive role played by McKinsey in the developments of REDD.

Consultants, Cost Curves and Safeguards

Tuesday June 7th, 2011 at 8pm in the TRAM room

Join us to discuss

  • What role are consultants playing in directing rainforest nations’ REDD plans?
  • How effective can tools such as marginal abatement cost curves be in ensuring safeguards are at the centre of REDD decision-making?

With our featured panel followed by a Q&A:

David Ritter Biodiversity Campaign Manager Greenpeace UK, Fabian Kesicki UCL Energy Institute, Justin Ondopa, PNGEFF Climate Change Coordinator

Notes to Editors:

[1] International Energy Agency: Prospect of limiting the global increase in temperature to 2ºC is getting bleaker

[2] IPCC Report on Renewable Energy, May 2011

[3] For more information, read the Greenpeace Energy [R]evolution and

See also: The Battle of the Grids: How Europe can go 100% renewable and phase out dirty energy