Paris, France – In response to the release of the International Energy Agency World Energy Outlook report, Kaisa Kosonen, Policy Coordinator, Greenpeace International said:
“We now have everything we need to solve this crisis but it hinges on governments acting with the political courage to make a fast and fair plan to end climate-wrecking fossil fuels. The priority of this year’s UN Climate Conference has to be a global agreement to end the use of oil, coal and gas urgently and fairly, starting with an immediate end to all new fossil fuel projects.
“Solar and wind energy are set to grow exponentially, making clean, renewable energy more attractive, accessible and economical than ever before – but that alone won’t deliver if leaders fail to regulate fossil fuels out of the way. Renewable energy and efficiency goals are welcome but must be accompanied by a commitment to phase out climate-wrecking fossil fuels, with a substantial decline this critical decade.
“Every new fossil fuel project is in stark violation of the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C warming limit – leaders simply cannot claim to be in support of global action on climate change while supporting fossil fuel expansion. We need a fast and fair plan to phase-out polluting fossil fuels that are killing us. Those who’ve polluted and profited the most must be made accountable and financially support the most vulnerable people, communities, and countries in their transition to clean, renewable energy.”
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