John Kerry, US climate commissioner, Roberto Cingolani, environment minister of Italy, at the meeting of the G20 environment ministers in Naples on Friday
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The G20 ministers for the environment, climate and energy were unable to agree on more ambitious climate targets at a meeting in Naples. The joint final declaration lacks a commitment to want to achieve the 1.5 degree target by the end of 2030. Italian minister Roberto Cingolani said on Friday evening that several countries had refused to do so. However, the group once again acknowledged the Paris Climate Agreement. The common goal is to keep global warming well below 2 degrees and to continue efforts to reduce it to 1.5 degrees.
The German Secretary of State for the Environment, Jochen Flasbarth, spoke of very difficult negotiations. UN climate chief Patricia Espinosa warned the G20 group from leading industrial and emerging countries that it was responsible for 80 percent of all global emissions. Without the G20, there would be no way to 1.5 degrees. Espinosa called for more determination to be shown at the world climate conference in Glasgow in November. The two-day meeting in Naples also served to prepare for the G20 summit in Rome at the end of October.
The group of economically strong countries on all continents includes the USA, China, Russia and Germany.
Italy has the presidency this year.
Germany was represented by State Secretary Flasbarth.
Flasbarth told the German Press Agency that he still saw a great need for persuasion in emerging countries.
In countries like China, India or Russia there are still very different views on the use of fossil energy.
The Paris Agreement provides for global warming to be limited to significantly less than two degrees Celsius compared to pre-industrial times, if possible to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
However, a recent interim report shows that many of the largest issuers are not keeping their promises and that there is no agreement on how the Paris Agreement should be implemented exactly.
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