The energy crisis and climate change must be overcome trough alternative policies to maintain or raise standards of living, prevent conflict, while preserving the environment and bio-diversity.
As progressists looking to the world as a whole, there are a series of critical and urgent issues that need to be tackled regarding the energy crisis and climate change. The main challenge is the follow-up to the Kyoto Protocol after 2012 while providing stronger commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, with better implementation policies to meet targets to combat climate change whilst enhancing economic growth and decent work (“green jobs”) in developed and emerging countries through the adoption of employment objectives accompanied by just transition measures.
However, we are facing a concrete obstacle as some States did not sign or ratify the Kyoto Protocol. This issue has two different dimensions: one is the integration of big emitters like the US, Russia, and increasingly also India, China, Brazil and South Africa. The other dimension is that of the developing world: how can we support their efforts to avoid emissions, while they develop economically? And how can we help them in their efforts to adapt to the growing effects of climate change, as the poorest countries are among the most affected? A further dimension is ensuring the generation of good jobs in order to address the massive and growing social concerns about the costs of climate change mitigation and adaptation measures.
Our global objectives:
- Developing a global strategy of mitigation of and adaptation to climate change, which reflects the specific needs of different regions on our planet
- Achieving the objectives of sustainable development and climate protection through the development of a smart green growth strategy at the global level
- The strategy should combine economic growth, energy efficiency and renewable energy sources policies in order to achieve just transition policies, reduce global dependence on fossil energy sources and foster the development of new ecologically sound technologies
- Understand and address social impacts of change, through transition, placing ‘Green Jobs’ as a cornerstone
- Long term aim: to achieve ambitious climate change targets through the reduction of fossil energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions
- In doing so, develop an integrated strategy that considers technological and social aspects and corresponding interests of developed and developing countries
- Ensure the effective inclusion of developing countries into the Post-Kyoto agreement talks and their access to bio-fuels markets and alternative energy sources