"Time is short, urgent need to act"

in News · 03-12-2019 14:00:00 · 0 Comments

In Madrid, Portugal’s Prime Minister Antonio Costa warned the 50 or so world leaders present at the opening session of the climate change summit that "time is short" and that there is an "urgent duty to act".

"We have two duties, listening to scientists and the imperative duty to act" to save the planet from the consequences of climate change, said Antonio Costa at the Summit of Heads of State and Government that followed the opening session of the United Nations summit on climate change, known as COP25, which will run until 13 December in Madrid.

After this first message to the leaders, António Costa said: "It is possible to act and it is worthwhile to act,” then giving specific examples of how Portugal has acted.

"54 percent of the electricity Portugal consumes comes from renewable sources, in 2018 the country reduced "three times" the emissions of harmful gases into the atmosphere compared to the EU as a whole and managed, even so, to have economic growth above the European average.

"Energy transition did not hinder our growth", concluded António Costa, who then also gave the example of "reducing the cost of energy in Portugal by 8 percent, while in the European Union it increased by 6 percent".

The Prime Minister insisted that renewable energy "can be cheaper".

"We have a responsibility to go even further and even faster", was the third message that António Costa took to the leaders' meeting, explaining that Portugal approved a roadmap that set 80 percent of electricity from renewable sources by 2030.

He also stressed the importance of energy "interconnections" to ensure the transport of energy, giving the example of the agreement that Portugal has with Morocco, and hoping to strengthen links with Europe.

The fourth and final message was to state that "the oceans are the main climate regulator".

"We have to give the same attention to the oceans that we are giving to energy transition", said the Prime Minister, recalling that Portugal will organize together with Kenya in June 2020 the second United Nations conference on Oceans.

We must "be inspired by globalization to save not only polar bears, but also humanity," he said.


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