PRESS RELEASE BY GLOBAL 100% RE CAMPAIGN MEMBERS AND SUPPORTERS – Beyond Zero Emissions Australia
EMBARGO to 00:00 am Marrakesh 14th November – 11am AEDT
With the UN Climate Summit in Marrakesh starting its final week all major non-state actor groups are this week joining forces to urge national governments to implement policies towards a 100% renewable energy mix.
United under the umbrella of the Global 100% Renewable Energy Campaign, cities, NGOs, renewable energy industry associations and academics from across the world highlight that implementing the Paris Agreement means phasing out fossil fuels and investing in a 100% renewable energy infrastructure immediately.
At a high-level event on Tuesday in Marrakesh, hosted by the COP22 Presidency itself, leaders from this global 100% RE movement will showcase the benefits and technical and financial feasibility of the just transition to a world fully powered by renewables.
“There is hope for the climate and future generations when such diverse constituencies lead the way to a swift shift to 100% renewable energy, preventing the most dangerous climate impacts,” says Tzeporah Berman, Ambassador of the Global 100% RE campaign and Master of Ceremony of the unprecedented gathering.
While national governments have committed to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels by ratifying the Paris Agreement, 2016 is again the hottest year on record.
The climate is changing faster than at any point in human history, and aggressive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is urgent.
“The energy sector, accounting for two thirds of global emissions, must be a top priority for action if we are to keep temperature rise well below 2°C.” says Prof. Eicke Weber, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute ISE.
“The rapid transformation towards 100% renewable energy, underpinned by energy efficiency measures, is the single most effective way to rapidly reduce emissions. In addition, this transformation becomes more and more financially attractive.”
And as pioneers around the world prove, solutions exist:
- 14 countries, with small-island states in the lead, have set 100% renewable energy targets.
- More than 300 cities, municipalities and regions are on their way, and are the drivers of this transformation process.
- 81 + major corporations and
- Thousands of small and medium-sized companies, and millions of entrepreneurs, citizens, planners, engineers and tradespeople are translating this vision into action.
During the 1st World Community Power Conference in Fukushima City last week, key partners of the Global% Renewable Energy Campaign highlighted in the Fukushima Community Power Declaration the need for a bottom up process with empowered communities in order to accelerate the needed renewable energy deployment.
While being an inspiration, the move towards 100% renewable energy is still only taking place in scattered countries, communities and regions around the globe.
“The ambition coming out this event at COP22 tomorrow shows that leadership and transformation comes from everywhere,” says Wael Hmaidan, Director of the Climate Action Network International.
“Now, with this unprecedented gathering, the movement towards the 100% renewable energy vision will only grow, and chart the way for a new global economy.”
The event details:
Date: 15.11.2016, 18.30 – 21.50h
Where: Blue Zone, The Arctic Room, area E
Registration: Please RSVP Tickets eventbrite here https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100-renewable-energy-for-15c-tickets-28601435664
The speakers include:
Her Excellency Hilda Heine President of the Marshall Islands, His Excellency Salaheddine Mezouar COP 22 President Luis Felipe Arauz Cavallini Minister of Agriculture, Costa Rica, Hakima El Haité High-Level Climate Champion of Morocco, Minister Delegate in Charge of Environment of the Minister of Energy, Mining, Water and Environment of Morocco, Laurence Tubiana Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, Special Representative for COP21 and High-Level Champion for Climate Action, Patricia Espinosa UNFCCC Executive Secretary, Helen Clark UNDP Administrator, Rachel Kyte CEO, Sustainable Energy For All, Mary Robinson President of the Mary Robinson Foundation, Climate Justice and President of Ireland (1990-1997), Kare Chawicha State Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change of Ethiopia and Chair of the Climate Vulnerable Forum, Lan Marie Nguyen Vice Mayor of Oslo, Shane Rattenbury ACT Minister for Climate Change and Sustainability, Steve Howard Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA, Barry Parkin Chief Sustainability Officer Mars, Stanislas D’Herbemont Project Manager, REScoop, Umbu Jiangi community award winner from Sumba Island, Indonesia.
About Global 100% RE
Global 100% RE was the first global initiative to advocate 100% renewable energy on a global scale.
It connects the fragmented dots of renewable energy advocates to build a global alliance, showcasing projects and regions already being powered by 100% sustainable renewable energy showing that while it is urgent it is also achievable.
Further information about the campaign on www.go100re.net or Facebook
www.facebook.com/Global100RE or Twitter @Global100RE
The Australian partners in the Global 100% RE Campaign are:
Beyond Zero Emissions, World Wildlife Fund, 350.org , ICLEI , Greenpeace and Climate Action Network Australia
Campaign Coordinator Anna Leidreiter
Contact Global 100% RE Campaign Australian Partners
Beyond Zero Emissions – Acting CEO Michael Lord – 0402 904 465
“We need a zero emissions global economy. And we know this is achievable and affordable in all sectors. Now we need to see government action that reflects the goals of the Paris Agreement.” Michael Lord Beyond Zero Emissions Acting CEO350.org Australia – Cambell Klose – 0490 436 948“Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement, but it is now time to act. Only a rapid transition to will give us a chance to remain below 1.5 degrees of global warming. Australia must aim to be leaders in this space.” Charlie Wood 350.org Campaigns Manager