11 June 2009
A statement calling for the transformation of the G8+5 nations' energy strategies to help reduce climate change and improve energy security has been released by the national science academies of the G8 + 5 countries.
The statement highlights that climate change is happening even faster than previously estimated and that changes to energy strategies will be key to addressing the issue. It outlines a number of specific changes, including developing and deploying carbon dioxide capture and storage (CCS), increasing use of renewable energy technologies and developing safe and secure nuclear power plants. The need for integrated systems and global collaboration are also highlighted as vital to delivering an effective low carbon economy.
In addition, the academies call on all governments to agree emission reduction targets to deliver approximately 50% reduction in global emissions from 1990 levels by 2050; increase relevant international research into climate and associated technologies; and support and enable developing countries' access to, and use of, the technologies needed to deliver a sustainable low carbon energy future. The statement also highlights the critical need for investment into the research and development of adaptation technologies as the impacts of climate change begin to be realised, for example looking into water conservation technologies and methods of increasing the resilience of natural areas.
The academies of the G8+5 nations (Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, United Kingdom and United States of America) will present the statement to the Italian Government - as the G8 Presidency hosts this year - on 11 June, in order to inform discussions at the G8+5 Summit next month and the Copenhagen conference at the end of the year.
You can view the statement here.