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Transition Away From Coal and Fossil Fuels

  • Resolution Proposed by: The Australian Greens & Green Party Korea
  • Adopted at the 4th Global Greens Congress

The Global Greens:

1. Note that dangerous global warming is an existential threat to our all people, societies and ecosystems on our planet and current efforts to cut pollution will not be enough to keep warming below the internationally agreed limits of either 1.5 degrees or 2 degrees above pre-industrial levels;

2. Coal is a massive source of carbon pollution, and the best available climate science says that to avoid the worst effects of dangerous global warming we must keep almost all global coal reserves in the ground;

3. Global Greens have adopted the energy policy of discontinuing the use of coal and fossil fuels, replacing them with renewable energy while managing energy demand.  We Global Greens are very proud of this policy, and we are trying to realize it around the world. We need to make an urgent call for energy transition based upon phase-out of coal and fossil fuels around the world.

 

The Global Greens:

1. Resolve to work in a global scale for:

  • a) A ban on new coal mines and coal mine expansions;
  • b) A rapid phase-out of fossil fuel power stations and rapid rollout of renewable energy;
  • c) Divestment from fossil fuels by incentivizing investors to withdraw their capital from coal, oil and gas companies;
  • d) A just transition for workers and communities currently reliant on fossil fuels and related industries.

2. Resolve to oppose new coal mines, and in particular the Adani Carmichael mine, as part of the struggle for a just transition away from fossil fuels towards a safe, prosperous and fair society for all.

3. Urge all nations, particularly those with high rates of fossil fuel consumption, to make a genuine energy transition based upon phase-out of coal and fossil fuels.

4. Resolve to work towards a moratorium on exploitation of Arctic fossil fuel resources


Background Text:

• Australia is the world’s largest exporter of coal, and is home to the world’s largest coal port at Newcastle;

• The Adani Carmichael coal mine, which is opposed by the Wangan and Jagalingou Traditional Owners and which would ship coal through the Great Barrier Reef, would be the largest in the Southern Hemisphere. Allowing the Adani mine to proceed would open up the Galilee Basin, the world’s largest untapped thermal coal reserve, and would put the world on a path towards climate disaster.

• China is the first in the list of countries by energy consumption; Japan the fifth; and Korea the eighth. In terms of greenhouse gas emission, China ranks the top (8,977 million t CO2), Japan the fifth (1,235 million t CO2), and Korea the seventh (572 million t CO2). In sum, these three Northeast Asian countries are emitting 33% of the world’s greenhouse gas.

• The massive consumption of fossil fuel in this region affects climate change, as it causes a serious problem of air pollution by fine dusts. In order to solve this serious problem, China and Korea must reduce their energy consumption and increase the use of renewable energy while discontinuing the construction of coal-fired power plants.

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