G20 Acceleration Call - From Coal to Renewables

DATESeptember 2023
AUTHORSebastian Wegner, Julia Horn, Florian Mersmann and Climate Transparency Partners

The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called to super-charge efforts to achieve the Climate Solidarity Pact through an Acceleration Agenda. The G20 as biggest emitters have the strongest responsibility to “make extra efforts to cut emissions (…) in a common effort to keep 1.5 degrees alive”. In practice this means to transition from coal to renewables, incl.:

  • No new coal and the phasing out of coal by 2030 in OECD countries and by 2040 in all other countries
  • Ending all international public and private funding of coal
  • Ensuring net zero electricity generation by 2035 for all developed countries and by 2040 for the rest of the world

The newest publication of Climate Transparency “G20 Acceleration Call – From Coal to Renewables” identifies three steps that are key to accelerate climate action in the G20: higher ambition of national climate targets, stronger implementation to deliver on existing plans, and deeper cooperation to use the G20’s collective political, technological and financial power. The Call gives a short overview about the transition from coal to renewables in the G20 and provides key recommendations for each country.