We kinda know the problem. But climate change is complicated. As in really, really complicated. So what’s the solution?
“The outcome of COP26 is a compromise. It reflects the interests, the contradictions and the state of political will in the world today. It is an important step, but it is not enough.” – António Guterres, UN Secretary-General.
“It isn’t true, that we need new technologies to come and save us. We basically have the technologies needed to achieve the goal of a maximum temperature rise of 2 degrees. We will probably not achieve it anyway, but it is not a technological bottleneck, but a challenge terms of implementation and financing.” – Joachim Almdal, Founding Partner of Green Innovation Group.
“The proposal contains a target of a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions of 70 per cent in 2030 compared to 1990. The proposal also contains a long-term goal of climate neutrality by 2050.” – Danish Climate Law, adopted 18-06-2020.
“We have chosen to make a goal that is actually more ambitious than we have the means to achieve today. And that is why we need to scale up and streamline and develop technologies. If we do not do that, we can not reach the goal” – Dan Jørgensen, Danish Minister for Climate, Energy and Utilities.
“The green transition is urgent. We have to make all the wise decisions we can now. But if you decide the path to the 70 per cent reduction on the basis of the known technological solutions today, then it will have far too great consequences,” – Mette Frederiksen, Danish Primeminister.
“The question is which specific elements of change and instruments the government will use, and then it is crucial that the government puts in place a clear strategy as soon as possible with e.g. schedules, processes and milestones for the development and implementation of the technologies and instruments” – Peter Møllgaard, chairman of the Danish Climate Council.