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Climate, Draghi: 'Emergency as a pandemic, act now'

2021-09-20T16:24:15.457Z

'Reduce greenhouse gas emissions or we won't stay below 1.5 degrees,' said the premier speaking at the Climate Moment event taking place in New York. (HANDLE)



"The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change told us three things: that

our action should be immediate, swift and large-scale

. And if we don't act to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we won't be able to contain the climate change below 1.5 degrees ". This was stated by Prime Minister Mario Draghi speaking at the Climate Moment event taking place in New York. "It is true that we are still fighting the pandemic, but this is an emergency of equal magnitude and we absolutely must not reduce our determination to tackle climate change," he adds.

"

Italy will play its part. We are ready to announce a new economic commitment to the climate in the coming weeks,

" said Prime Minister Mario Draghi.

"We will need to strengthen joint efforts to accelerate the phasing out of coal both nationally and internationally. And we really need to take our fate into our own hands on this," said Draghi at the Climate Moment event. "Public investment dedicated to research and development must become a priority for strategic areas such as electrification, hydrogen, bioenergy, carbon capture, use and storage, which today receive only about one third of public funding. Carbon pricing can be one. tools to accelerate the green transition ".

"Many countries - such as Italy - have decided to place a greener and more inclusive growth model at the center of their recovery and resilience plans. However, we already know that more needs to be done. We are certainly a country that strongly supports the leading role of the European Union in tackling climate change. We are determined to put the EU on the right trajectory to achieve a 55% reduction in emissions by 2030, and to zero net emissions by 2050 " . 

Source: ansa

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