Minister Pichetto’s speech: “An ambitious action for the climate is a fair action”
“There is no doubt that it is the duty of all of us to contribute to the implementation of the Paris Agreement with the highest possible ambition, acting decisively by 2030 to reduce global emissions and move towards a clear trajectory of climate neutrality. Ambitious climate action is equitable actionas it reduces the risks associated with global warming, protecting the most vulnerable from the worst impacts”. Thus the Minister of the Environment and Energy Security, Gilberto Pichetto, in his speech at the opening plenary of the Pre-Cop28 underway in Abu Dhabi.
“Equity should be a factor that encourages the highest possible ambition of all governments,” he says. “We all need to contribute, and certainly particularly those currently emitting high shares of global emissions. The science is very clear. The window of opportunity to act to limit the effects of climate change is very narrow and we cannot therefore waste any more time. But science also provides us with workable solutions to address this global challenge.”
“Climate policies and energy choices are sides of the same coin”
“Now it is our responsibility to transform them into actions, demonstrating our collective commitment to implementation – he continues – To demonstrate this commitment it is clear that we cannot fail to talk about how we want to build our future energy system. Climate policies and energy choices are faces of same medal, we cannot talk about the former without addressing the issue of reducing our dependence on fossil fuels and at the same time ensuring energy security”.
In this context, “we believe that Cop28, through Global stocktake, can and must give clear indications towards realistic paths that lead to tangible objectives. Tripling global renewable energy capacity and doubling the current rate of energy efficiency, dramatically reducing methane emissions, phasing out fossil fuel subsidies and adopting ambitious mitigation measures across all economic sectors are all within our reach. But the ambitious action must naturally also take the form of the right balance in all the pillars of the Paris Agreement.”
Finally, “we are aware, and we agree that it is necessary talk equally about adaptation and strengthening support mechanisms for the most vulnerable and least developed countries. It is clear that the success of COP28 will also be measured by whether we are able to define and contextualize the global target for adaptation.”