Concerns have been raised that the Russia-Ukraine conflict may prove to be a setback for the global transition to renewable energy if a number of European nations temporarily switch back to fossil fuels in the midst of an energy crisis.
In November 2022, the UN Climate Change Conference, or COP27, was held, which mandated that all nations increase their efforts to solve the climate issue. Alternative phrase: “COP27 finishes with much homework and little time,” according to UN Secretary-General António Guterres.
As a result of western sanctions, gas supplies from Russia are becoming scarcer, and Germany is restarting its coal-fired power facilities. According to a CNBC article from October 2022, Danish officials instructed energy company Orsted to continue or resume operations at three plants that use fossil fuels in order to guarantee the country’s supply of power.
The International Energy Agency claims that the greatest single source of carbon dioxide emissions is coal. According to a June 2022 Washington Post article, Austria, Italy, and the Netherlands also intended to revive their coal-burning facilities.
In 1997, the Kyoto Protocol was ratified, and it went into effect in 2005. It helped establish national and international capacity for greenhouse gas (GHG) reporting, accounting, and emissions markets and resulted in lower emissions in certain nations. At least 18 nations, including two that have transitioning economies, established Kyoto objectives during the initial commitment period and have maintained absolute emission reductions for at least ten years starting in 2005.
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