By Le Figaro with AFP
The continuation of investments in favor of coal is “a real absurdity” with regard to the objective of combating global warming, declared the President of the Republic at the COP28 podium.
The French president Emmanuel Macron urged G7 countries at the COP28 climate conference in Dubai on Friday to “commit to ending coal» before 2030 for “lead by example“.
The continuation of investments in favor of coal is “a real absurdity» with regard to the objective of combating global warming, and «so we must make an absolute shift» to get out of it, pleaded the French president from the podium of the major UN climate summit.
“Lead by example”
“Emerging countries must get out of coal, and this is the second fight after that which the richest countries must lead“, declared Emmanuel Macron. “But the G7 countries must lead by example and commit to ending coal at home before the others, that is to say before 2030“, he said, recalling France’s commitment to close its last coal-fired power station “by 2027“.
“The G7 has a major responsibility. Just like China, which is now the second historical emitting country and which has therefore changed its status in some way», Underlined the French president. “We must allow emerging countries to catch up economically, it is an element of justice. But this catch-up must not be done on the basis of carbon-based energies and in particular coal.“, he further argued.
Because “existing power plants which are largely concentrated in Asia today will alone emit enough CO2 for us to exceed the target of 1.5°C“, the most ambitious objective of the Paris agreement, justified Mr. Macron. Regarding France, “we will definitely have to turn the page by 2040-45 on oil and 2050 on gas“, he ured.