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Demand for G20 to ‘step up’

Demand for G20 to ‘step up’ 11 October 2021

Give us action on climate not just words, say developing nations ahead of Cop26 (via the Guardian)

By Fiona Harvey

Developing countries are calling on the G20 group of advanced economies to come forward urgently with stiffer targets on greenhouse gas emissions, and financial aid, to make this month’s UN Cop26 climate summit a success.

Simon Stiell, climate and environment minister of Grenada, said: “All eyes are now on the G20. They must step up. There is a significant gap between what has been pledged [on cutting emissions] and what is needed – the big question is how we treat that gap.”

He added: “The G20 are responsible for 80% of global emissions. If they really want to address that [gap], then between them they can. It is really that simple. They have the knowhow to manage it, they have the resources, and they have the responsibility.”

Tina Stege, climate envoy for the Republic of the Marshall Islands, said: “We are laser focused on the G20. They have the means to make a difference this decade. We all have a part to play, but there is no question that the key really rests with the G20.”

Neither would single out any countries but the G20 includes some of the world’s most carbon–heavy economies, including the biggest emitter China – which has yet to come forward with a national plan on emissions cuts – and the major fossil fuel producers Australia, Russia and Saudi Arabia, which have shown little of sign of heeding calls for climate action.

Other G20 members include the UK, US, several EU members states, Japan and major emerging economies such as India, Korea and Turkey.

The G20 will meet later this month in Italy, just ahead of the start of Cop26 in Glasgow, on 31 October.

Stiell said long–term targets for reaching net zero emissions by 2050 or 2060, which many G20 countries have in place or are mulling, were not enough, as emissions cuts in the next decade were also crucial. “Net zero by 2050 is wonderful but we will be long gone by then – low–lying islands will be under water. Hurricanes will have blown us away,” he said.

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