Minister: (Mushahidullah Khan hails ‘G7 countries’ on decision to phase out fossil fuels use)June 20, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Climate Change, Mushahidullah Khan, has hailed leading G7 industrial nations for announcing to phase out the use of fossil fuels by decarbonise the global economy in the course of this century.
Such move, if actualized, would help control emission of climate altering green house gases (GHGs), which have caused global warming. Eventually, this will lead to stablising climate change and reduction in occurrence of the climate change-induced natural disasters, the minister said in a press statement issued here on Sunday.
On the final day of the G7 summit held June 7-8 in a Bavarian castle, in Germany, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that G7 nations’ leaders have committed themselves to the need to “decarbonise the global economy in the course of this century and agreed on a global target for limiting the rise in average global temperatures to a maximum of 2 degree Celsius over pre-industrial levels.
Welcoming the G7 meeting announcements, Mushahidullah Khan said, “We know that with the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris later this year, the pressure is mounting on the leaders of the world’s seven most economically powerful nations to make progress on international agreements to keep climate change at below 2 degrees Celsius.”
He also appreciated the German chancellor for describing prior to the 41st G7 summit that climate change as one of two key global challenges to be addressed at the G7 talks, along with sustainable development.
Mushahidullah Khan said that getting rid of fossil fuels’ use would require energy transition beyond fossil fuels through multiple means, including transport electrification, decommissioning of operating fossil fuel-fired power plants and prevention of the construction of new fossil-fuel-fired power stations in the rich countries.