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Net Zero Agenda Faltering: “Pie in the Sky”


APRIL 2, 2021

By Paul Homewood

A spherical up of Net Zero news:


Yesterday, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan warned that COP26 will finish in failure with out tons of of billions in annual assist from the wealthy West. Developing international locations would wish about $400 billion a 12 months in local weather finance assist to shift in direction of low carbon improvement pathways, but developed international locations had did not ship the $100 billion a 12 months of local weather finance promised as a part of the Paris settlement.

Now, India has come out combating, calling the West’s 2050 Net Zero targets “pie in the sky.” India’s power minister mentioned poor nations need to proceed utilizing fossil fuels and the wealthy international locations “can’t stop it”.

According to each the UK and US governments, at the UN local weather summit in November all international locations ought to undertake Net Zero emissions targets much like these adopted by Western nations. The basic downside with this expectation is that it contravenes the Paris Climate Agreement which cements the UN’s key precept of ‘Common however Differentiated Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities.‘ This precept acknowledges that creating nations have completely different capabilities and differing tasks in lowering CO2 emissions.

In a latest interview, India’s local weather negotiator Chandrashekhar Dasgupta made clear that the West’s Net Zero agenda undermined the precept of fairness and “common but differentiated responsibilities” of developed and creating international locations. This place additionally explains why India is demanding that richer international locations undertake “net negative” emissions targets.

India: Net zero targets are ‘pie in the sky’

Sharp divisions between the main international emitters have emerged at a sequence of conferences designed to make progress on local weather change.

India lambasted the richer world’s carbon slicing plans, calling long run internet zero targets, “pie in the sky.”

Their power minister mentioned poor nations need to proceed utilizing fossil fuels and the wealthy international locations “can’t stop it”.

China in the meantime declined to attend a distinct local weather occasion organised by the UK.

Trying to steer 197 international locations ahead on the crucial international concern of local weather change will not be a job for the faint hearted, as the UK is presently discovering out. […]

India, the world’s fourth largest emitter, doesn’t appear eager to hitch the membership.

“2060 sounds good, but it is just that, it sounds good,” Raj Kumar Singh, India’s minister for energy, informed a gathering organised by the International Energy Agency (IEA).

“I would call it, and I’m sorry to say this, but it is just a pie in the sky.”

To the discomfort of his fellow panellists, Mr Singh singled out developed international locations the place per capita emissions are a lot greater than in India.

“You have countries whose per capita emissions are four or five or 12 times the world average. The question is when are they going to come down?”

“What we hear is that by 2050 or 2060 we will become carbon neutral, 2060 is far away and if the people emit at the rate they are emitting the world won’t survive, so what are you going to do in the next five years that’s what the world wants to know.”

Meanwhile China continues to plough forward with coal energy:


Despite its pledge to achieve net-zero carbon emissions by 2060, China continues to burn extra coal than every other developed nation, counting on the fossil gas to fulfill the nation’s surging demand for electrical energy.

According to a report launched Monday by U.Ok.-based power and local weather analysis group Ember, China accounted for 53% of the world’s coal-powered electrical energy in 2020—9 proportion factors greater than its share in 2015, when China joined the Paris Agreement.

“Despite some progress, China is still struggling to curb its coal generation growth,” Ember senior electrical energy coverage analyst Muyi Yang mentioned. “[F]ast-rising demand for electricity” in China continues to be happy by burning coal.

China’s electrical energy utilization has surged 33% since 2015. According to the International Energy Agency, demand from China’s metal and cement trade—propped up by the state’s heavy infrastructure funding—is considered one of the major drivers of electrical energy consumption, alongside rising automation of the manufacturing trade.


And the local weather agenda is slipping in France as Macron finds himself caught between a rock and a tough place!


  The politicians have all left Emmanuel Macron‘s La Republique en Marche (LREM) over the President’s lack of dedication to environmental and social points. The French chief has failed to stay to his well-known “make our planet great again” slogan from 2017, sparking the fury of these each in opposition and in his personal get together.

Jennifer De Temmerman, an MP and former LREM member, mentioned the President’s dedication was “skin deep”.

She informed Politico: “It’s all communication, smoke and mirrors. He lectures others, but in reality, his actions in France don’t pass muster.”

Thousands of protesters took to the road of Paris on Sunday to display in opposition to the President’s local weather invoice, which environmental campaigners say falls too in need of Mr Macron’s guarantees to vary the world.

Ms De Temmerman mentioned: “We had been anticipating a grand invoice, a landmark piece of laws, and it falls very in need of our expectations.

France’s High Council on Climate, a physique arrange by The French President himself to advise on local weather coverage, mentioned the measures won’t “fill the gaps in France’s transition to low carbon.

They added the invoice will solely ship “between a half and two-thirds of the cuts needed between 2019 and its [40 percent] target for 2030”.

Those who as soon as supported the French President’s inexperienced ambitions, now recognise the “contradictions” in his insurance policies.

It strikes me that the world has really made little progress (if that’s the proper phrase!) since Copenhagen in 2009. Back then the developed world needed to agree to permit creating nations the proper to hold on rising emissions, in addition to giving them tons of of billions of {dollars}. Very little of that cash has really appeared.

Fast ahead, and creating nations are nonetheless rising emissions, whereas demanding ever bigger sums of cash. Meanwhile the West is discovering that the transition to a low carbon world goes to be extraordinarily painful.

No doubt at COP26 in Glasgow (rumoured that it might be postponed once more due to the pandemic), the typical fudges might be made. There might be obscure guarantees from poorer international locations to “do something” at a time a number of a long time in the future. These will after all be completely nugatory, and be no extra binding than their Paris pledges.

The BBC will proclaim that the world has been saved (earlier than studying the small print in a number of years time). And a 12 months later, Prince Charles will warn us that we solely have X years to avoid wasting the planet!

Same Old!

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