Coal must be “sent to history” at the upcoming climate summit in Glasgow later this year, COP26 chairman Alok Sharma is expected to say today.
In a key speech outside of Glasgow, Sharma will acknowledge that the world will struggle to meet the Paris Agreement goal of keeping global warming below 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial times if it does not stop.
the use of coal. His message somewhat contradicts the government’s decision in January to allow the UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years to go ahead, with Minister of Affairs Kwasi Kwarteng struggling to defend the decision not to intervene.
decide to open a public inquiry into the project. “If we’re serious about 1.5 degrees, Glasgow must be the COP sending coal to history,” Sharma will say. “We are working directly with governments and through international organizations to end international coal financing.
This is a personal priority. And to urge countries to give up their coal flow, with the G7 at the forefront. “The days when coal provided the cheapest form of electricity are over.
And in the past they have to stay. “The coal trade, as the UN Secretary-General has said, is going up in smoke. It’s old technology. So let’s make COP26 the moment we leave it where it belongs in the past,while supporting workers and communities in making the transition. Creating good green jobs to fill the gap. “
Despite the approval of the new mine, the UK has reduced its use of coal in recent years: in 2012, 40 percent of electricity was generated from fossil fuels, compared to about 2 percent now.
The largest producers in the world are China, India, Indonesia, Australia, the United States, Russia and the European Union. According to the International Energy Agency, China is also the world’s largest consumer, using more than half of the world’s coal produced.
According to the head of the World Coal Association, the coal industry will be able to survive when it comes to decarbonizing and storing carbon (CCS).
Michelle Manook told Reuters, “Go back to Paris (referring to the 2015 Paris Agreement), go back to the International Panel on Climate Change, and they have said very clearly and consistently that we won’t get there without CCS.” Policies that exclude coal are not helpful, she said, adding that “CCS is a proven technology.
We know it can be applied. But CCS is expensive and largely unproven at a scale large enough to make a significant dent in the atmospheric carbon concentration.
In December, the Global CCS Institute said that although the number of CCS facilities operating globally in the previous year had increased by a third, which was far from necessary to achieve climate goals.