The special envoy for the climate change from the United States, John Kerry, has assured that he trusts that world leaders can achieve “huge progress” during the Glasgow Climate Summit (COP26), scheduled for early November.
According to the CNN chain, Kerry has argued that global emission reduction targets are still achievable. “We have to achieve around a 45 percent reduction over the next ten years and this is the key decade, so we still have 30 days to work and we will continue working,” said the special envoy.
Kerry’s statements came at the end of a high-level meeting to discuss environmental policy in milan, in which more than 40 ministers have participated. It was the last high-level meeting on the climate before the Glasgow event.
According to the latest report from the Intergovernmental Group on Climate Change (IPCC), which was published last August, climate change is accelerating and acting in time should be an urgent measure to keep global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius .
The report points to the possibility of exceeding 1.5 degrees Celsius of global warming in the next decade if ambitious policies are not put in place by 2030.
During the Milan meeting, the president of COP26, Alok Sharma, defended that there is a greater consensus among world leaders to try and keep that goal of 1.5 degrees achievable.
He has also claimed a commitment to dedicate 100 billion dollars a year to help the most vulnerable nations fight the effects of climate change.
According to Kerry, the United States works to decarbonize its entire energy sector by 2035.