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Tom Baxter, International Communications Officer, Greenpeace East Asia, email: tom.baxter@greenpeace.org ph: +86 18811344861

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Greenpeace Urges G20 Governments to Bring Paris Agreement into Force This Year

BEIJING, China -
The Hangzhou G20 communique issued today brings climate change to the center stage of the global political agenda and sends a strong signal for all nations to join the Paris Agreement as soon as possible. Greenpeace urges governments around the world to bring the Paris Agreement into force by the end of this year and begin working on a new era of more ambitious global climate action.

“Less than a year after the adoption of the Paris Agreement, under the Chinese Presidency, the G20 has finally moved forward on key issues for tackling climate change. Countries now need to react to the strong call from the G20 to formally join and ratify the Paris Agreement as soon as possible, so that the Agreement can enter into force this year,” said Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International.

“Investors should pay close attention and not miss the momentum on shifting trillions of dollars from dirty to clean investments.”

“Hosts to this year’s G20, China has shown great leadership on climate over the last year. Against a backdrop of declining coal consumption and rapid renewable energy growth, China has even greater potential now to match its political effort with further action,” said  Li Shuo, Greenpeace East Asia’s Senior Climate Policy Adviser.

The upcoming Montreal Protocol discussions and the International Civil Aviation Organisation process will be the next key steps for China to show its commitment to tackling climate change.

The lack of progress on outlining a concrete timetable for the phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies is a reminder that the G20’s collective action on climate change must go further.

“Handing out money to the fossil fuel industry is simply not compatible with the Paris Agreement,” said Li Shuo.

In the coming year, Germany must take up the mantle and continue to push for strong climate action in its role as G20 President. Greenpeace urges Germany to lead by example and show the world that it is ready to transform its economy into a zero-carbon economy and finalise the phase-out of coal by 2035 the latest.

The Paris Agreement will enter into force after 55 countries that account for at least 55% of global emissions have joined the agreement. So far 26 countries, accounting for 39% of emissions have joined the Agreement.[1] A surge in countries joining the Agreement is expected in the coming months.

Notes to editor:

[1] https://unfccc.int/paris_agreement/items/9485.php

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