G20 Climate & Energy Ministerial in Naples agrees to action in line with the Paris Agreement and global goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees.
The COP26 President-Designate, Alok Sharma, has welcomed the agreement by the G20 but called for further action to keep the 1.5C temperature limit within reach following the Climate and Energy Ministers meeting in Naples.
Following Mr Sharma’s intervention calling for urgent climate action, G20 Ministers agreed to accelerate action in 2020s, to submit ambitious 2030 targets to reduce emissions by COP26 in Glasgow, and urged members to develop long term strategies aligned with keeping 1.5C in reach and a net zero future.
But the COP26 President Designate expressed disappointment that no decision could be made by Climate and Energy Ministers on the phase out of coal power and international coal financing which – along with accelerating the transition to clean vehicles and halting deforestation – are crucial to keeping warming to 1.5C.
G20 leaders will now address the issue at their meeting later this year in October ahead of November’s COP26 summit.
Today’s meeting was hosted by COP26 Presidency partners Italy in their role as Presidency of the G20. UK Energy Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan also attended.
In his opening remarks to the meeting, Mr Sharma had stressed that keeping 1.5 degrees within reach was incompatible with the continuation of unabated coal power and international coal financing. Despite intense discussions on this, the group was unable to reach agreement.
Speaking following the ministerial meeting, Mr Sharma said: