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Clean Energy Day: Governments must close door of fossil fuel era, says Guterres

Clean Energy Day: Governments must close door of fossil fuel era, says Guterres
January 26
09:10 2024

António Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has called on governments and big emitters of carbon to accelerate the transition to clean energy through climate financing and fossil fuel phase-out.

Guterres said this on Friday in a message to commemorate the International Day of Clean Energy.

He stated that phase-out of fossil fuel is inevitable and necessary to aid the transition to clean energy and “spur sustainable development”.

He commended the decision of stakeholders at COP28 to triple renewable capacity by 2030, adding that countries “must act now”.


“Clean energy is the gift that keeps giving, it can purify polluted air, meet growing energy demand, secure supplies, and connect billions of people to affordable power — helping to ensure electricity access to all by 2030,” Guterres said.

“That is all while saving money and saving the planet. A fair, just, equitable, and urgent transition from dirty fossil fuels to clean energy is essential to avoid the worst of climate chaos and spur sustainable development.

“So, I celebrate this first International Day of Clean Energy. I applaud the work of the International Renewable Energy Agency, and I welcome the call made by countries at COP28 to triple renewable energy capacity by 2030.


“It is my firm belief that fossil fuel phase out is not only necessary, it is inevitable. But we need governments to act, to accelerate the transition, with the biggest emitters leading the way.

“That means unleashing a surge in climate finance — particularly, governments reforming the business model of multilateral development banks so that affordable finance flows.

“It means countries creating new national climate plans by 2025 that map a fair and just transition to clean power, and it means governments closing the door on the fossil fuel era — with justice and equity.

“Our clean energy future is unstoppable. Together, let’s bring it into being faster.”



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