Greenpeace considers the agreements made in Glasgow weak and weak, but considers it important that a signal has been given that the ‘fossil age’ is coming to an end. “And that’s important,” says Greenpeace energy specialist Dewi Zloch. “The sentence in the final declaration on reducing coal and abolishing subsidies for fossil fuels has been watered down, but it is nevertheless a breakthrough.”
In fact, more progress has been made than before that should be seen as inevitable.
The government is also looking beyond the immediate costs of coal: The carbon pollution reductions enacted in the 2011-12 Budget have amounted to more than £8bn ($11bn) in the past six years, with government claims about the overall benefits to consumers expected to cost £5bn, according to the London-based Clean Energy Economics Council which released an analysis yesterday.
If the carbon savings to households were not a major economic benefit, according to the independent group, the benefit in the longer term outweighed the expense of doing something about the effects of this, so that the next phase of the campaign is not “a major political issue, but rather a political and social one. It is far from being a big political issue.” The group argued that its analysis is “unproved”, pointing out that the benefits to the consumer have not been studied extensively.
According to Dewi Zloch, it is thanks to young people, activists and countries most threatened by the climate crisis that countries need to show how they will ensure that global warming is kept to 1.5 degrees by 2022.
“Without this commitment, this climate summit would have failed completely.”
Greenpeace sees it as progress that financial assistance to other countries has been agreed to adapt to the changing climate. “But what was promised to accommodate them in this did not come close to what was needed. This issue must be at the top of the rich countries ‘ agenda when the next climate summit is held in Egypt.”
“In 2014, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was struck down. For about nine months, we have been working together to secure the future of climate change research projects across the world,” said Leopold Boesfeldmayer, head of the climate policy division at Greenpeace.
“We are using every available resource to identify solutions that can accelerate this transition and increase efficiency. Global research needs to adapt to climate and create world-class research institutions that are in line with one another and contribute to the understanding of the human influence, which can in turn provide global action for global sustainability.”