The US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry said today that measures to tackle climate change need to be accelerated significantly and that achieving the zero-carbon target by 2050 requires radical changes in the economy.
“The failure of the Glasgow COP (Climate Conference) is out of the question,” Kerry said at an online event hosted by a business forum linked to the Italian presidency of the G20.
US President Joe Biden has appointed former Secretary of State John Kerry to the post of US special envoy for climate change in November, in a bid to put the issue at the heart of his foreign policy.
John Kerry said coal use should be eliminated five times faster than it is today, while renewable energy should be introduced six times faster and the use of electric cars should be introduced 22 times faster.
“We need to move away from polluting options much faster; we need to achieve a much faster carbonation process; it is possible.”
Joe Biden has promised to set the United States on track to zero carbon emissions by 2050. Yesterday, he reiterated his commitment to a U.S. return to the Paris Climate Agreement.
“In the last four years, the leader of our country has chosen to withdraw from the Agreement and pursue risky behavior for the future of people around the world,” said John Kerry.