US Pledges at Climate Summit to Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions Half by 2030
On the first day of the International Climate Summit, US President Joe Biden and his climate envoy John Kerry, US pledged to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50 percent by 2030 from 2005 levels.
It will be a two-day video conference, some 40 world leaders have been invited to speak. It was looking forward to what Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian leader Vladimir Putin would say.
The US had previously announced under Biden that it would strive for climate neutrality by 2050 to limit global warming. According to the Paris climate agreement, we must keep global warming “well below 2 degrees”, preferably one and a half degrees, to avoid excessively extreme climate forms. But this also requires short-term commitments, by 2030, and the US had not yet made them.
The 50 percent of the US is in line with what the European Union previously announced: 55 percent fewer greenhouse gases by 2030 than emissions in 1990. The US is currently the second-largest emitter in the world after China.
Biden emphasized the significant advantages of a global climate front with sharpened ambitions, now that the Paris commitments no longer prove to be sufficient to reach one and a half degrees.
“No country can do this alone. But we can get there if everyone, each country, sets sharper ambitions. We need to move and fast. It will allow us to breathe easier in the future, literally and figuratively,” said Biden. in his opening speech. He also promised more financial aid to developing countries to make the transition to a greener economy.