Leaders of the Group of 20 rich countries called for “meaningful and effective” action to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius in a final statement seen by Reuters on Sunday ahead of its publication.
However, the statement contained few concrete actions and made no reference to a specific 2050 date to achieve the net zero carbon emissions that scientists say is vital to avert disastrous climate change.
The outcome document says current national plans on how to reduce emissions will need to be strengthened “where necessary” and includes a commitment to stop funding for overseas coal-fired power generation by the end of this. year.
“We recognize that the impacts of climate change at 1.5 ° C are much lower than at 2 ° C. Keeping 1.5 ° C within reach will require meaningful and effective actions and commitment from all countries.” , indicates the press release.