Bain­i­marma leads sup­port to path­way 2050

Fiji Sun - - Cop23 Fiji - JY­OTI PRAT­I­BHA Edited by Rosi Do­viver­ata

Eighty-nine per cent of the world’s largest high-emit­ting com­pa­nies now have car­bon emis­sion tar­gets – (sci­ence­based tar­gets) not fig­ures plucked from the air.

And 20 per cent of those com­pa­nies are plan­ning low car­bon strate­gies to 2030 and be­yond. Prime Min­is­ter and COP23 Pres­i­dent Voreqe Bain­i­marama while lend­ing his sup­port to the path­way 2050 in Bonn, Ger­many on Mon­day made these re­marks and en­cour­aged other na­tions to have the fore­sight of long-term plan­ning. “Clean en­ergy has to beat dirty en­ergy and it has to win on cost. It has to win for many, not just a few. And it has to lead to a bet­ter life – bet­ter health, cleaner air and a bet­ter re­la­tion­ship with our planet.

“We also have to win the bat­tle of ideas. And that is the won­der- ful thing about the 2050 Path­way. It pro­vides a space for those ideas to flow into, as well as a struc­ture that will help us at­tract the re­sources we need – in­clud­ing the in­vest­ment in the tril­lions of dol­lars re­quired to meet our tar­get,” he said.

As the world has its eyes on lead­ers who are locked in in­tense dis­cus­sions about the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Paris Agree­ment, small is­land devel­op­ing states and emerg­ing economies have keen in­ter­est in the $100bil­lion adap­ta­tion fund. Mr Bain­i­marama ac­knowl­edged that we now have large num­bers of busi­nesses, states and cities – as well as na­tional gov­ern­ments – mak­ing plans to ac­cel­er­ate cli­mate ac­tion.

“All with a view to achiev­ing net zero car­bon emis­sions in the longer term.”

The 2050 path­ways plat­form was launched to sup­port coun­tries seek­ing to de­velop long-term deep de­car­boniza­tion strate­gies, in­clud­ing through the shar­ing of re­sources (in­clud­ing fi­nance, ca­pac­ity build­ing), knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ences.

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Photo: DEPTFO News

Prime Min­is­ter and COP23 Pres­i­dent Voreqe Bain­i­mara­mas with the Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the Com­mon­wealth, Pa­tri­cia Scot­land, in Bonn, Ger­many.

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