A coalition of countries accused Western economies of evading their own responsibility for climate change by calling on all countries to meet the goal of net zero emissions.
Ministers from 24 developing and emerging economies, including China, India, Indonesia, Pakistan and Vietnam, said in a joint statement that the richer Western economies are “pushing to shift the goals of the Paris Agreement ”by calling for a global net-zero by 2050.
“The demands for ‘Net zero’ emissions for all countries by 2050 will further exacerbate the existing inequalities between developed and developing countries,” they wrote. “This new ‘goal’ that is being put forward goes against the Paris Agreement and is anti-fairness and against climate justice.”
The goals of the Paris Agreement, they added, mean that “the historical responsibility for the predominant majority of anthropogenic emissions accumulated since the industrial revolution among developed countries must be fully recognized as a key element in determining how such aspiration world will be achieved equitably. “
The coalition noted that the recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which called for deep emission reductions to avoid catastrophic warming, “found that historical cumulative emissions are the cause of the climate crisis. that the world is facing today “.
The ministers also blamed what they called a lack of financial support from developed countries. Although developed countries agreed in 2010 to mobilize $ 100 billion a year in climate finance by 2020, the target was pushed back to 2025 in Paris.
The statement called on developed economies to prioritize full decarbonization by the end of the decade while enabling developing countries to meet domestic energy demand.
The joint statement comes just over a week before the start of the COP26 international climate summit, where representatives of global governments are set to discuss decarbonization efforts.
China is the world’s largest emitter, and officials such as the US Climate Envoy John KerryJohn Kerry Queen Elizabeth Acknowledges Kerry from Video Message: ‘Saw You On TV’ Fossil Fuel Production Must Be Halved To Control Global Warming: Study Pressure Rises For Breakthrough In Talks About the Biden PLUS agenda have often said Beijing must cooperate with any major decarbonization effort. Beijing, however, pointed out that the country has industrialized much more recently than its Western counterparts. China has set itself a target of net zero emissions by 2060, 10 years after the United States’ net zero target.