Prime Minister Janez Janša highlighted the need to create a realistic path to implement Paris agreement goals, including with the help of nuclear energy, as he addressed the World Leaders Summit at the COP26 climate conference.
Moving away from coal and oil is crucial in reaching the goals, and nuclear energy could replace fossil fuels as a transition energy source, Janša said.
He stressed it was urgent to act to limit climate warming. “It is high time to create a realistic path to the 1.5 degrees Celsius goal.”
Janša warned that Europe, accounting for just 8% of global emissions, could not address climate warming on its own and urged all countries to do their share.
However, he said that the current measures are not enough to reach the goals set at the Paris climate conference in 2015.
Janša also said that “our efforts must not endanger social cohesion and economic development”.
He said that “technological and political innovations will enable finding new ways to implement all the three set goals” and that more investment in new technologies is needed to develop cleaner, safer and more efficient sources, such as hydrogen or fusion.
(Eva Horvat | sta.si)