UN urges G20 to stop using coal

Updated: Jul 14

Environmentalism should be a priority for both developed and developing economies, according to Secretary-General António Guterres.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres reiterated his plea to the advanced economies of the world to abandon coal infrastructure on Thursday, citing environmental concerns.

Speaking at the Stockholm+50 conference, Guterres said, "Today, I call on the governments of the G20 countries to demolish coal infrastructure, entirely abandoning it by 2030 in the OECD countries and by 2040 in all other countries."

Additionally, he urged all financial organizations to finance renewable energy instead of fossil fuels.

The head of the UN claims that the Earth's natural systems cannot support human needs.

"At a pace of 1.7 planets every year, we use up resources. We would require more planets than three piles of the earth if global consumption were at the level of the richest nations on the planet, according to Guterres.

The G20 now consists of nations that are prepared to phase out fossil fuels and those that are in favor of them due to the coal power issue. While the leaders failed to agree on phasing out coal power or stopping the development of new coal plants, they did agree to stop worldwide public financing of new coal power by the end of 2021.

The US, China, and India are three G20 nations where coal is still the dominant energy source. Despite prior commitments to begin reducing coal usage and achieving net-zero emissions quickly, the two countries recently switched back to the coal-powered fire as concerns about the world's energy security have grown.

As they transition away from Russian gas, certain European nations, including Poland and Germany, may potentially increase coal-fired electricity.

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