Member news: Phasing out all fossil fuels, scaling up renewables key to getting CO2 emissions down

Renewable energy help CO2 emissions stay flat for the third year in a row (2016) © Bruno Arnold WWFGLAND, Switzerland (17 March, 2016) – For the third year in a row, global CO2 emissions remained flat even as the global economy grew, according to the International Energy Agency.
 
Commenting on this, WWF's global Climate & Energy Practice leader Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, said: "The growth of clean, sustainable, renewable energy and the sharp decline in the demand for coal are prominent in the reasons for global emissions staying flat for the third year in a row.
 
"But let us be clear. This good news does not tell the whole story. If we do not step up our efforts to reduce emissions, warming is projected to surpass the 1.5°C threshold, the limit beyond which a number of climate impacts would become irreversible.
 
"Our efforts must include the phase of out all fossil fuels, not only coal, and the massive scaling up renewable energy in all end uses like electricity, transport, cooling and heat. If we don't, we risk losing the rich biodiversity of the planet which weakens nature's ability to provide the services on which human survival depends.
 
"The good news shows that transformational change is possible, and has already started. Now we need to accelerate it before it is too late."

For further information, contact:
Mandy Jean Woods mwoods@wwf.org.za  +27 72 393 0027
 

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