“Greenhouse gases kill 10 million folks per 12 months around the globe and we shouldn’t be prepared to simply accept that,” he advised reporters in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis on Friday on the finish of a four-day go to to Vietnam.
Results of greenhouse gases embody storms, flooding, desertification and air air pollution.
“Nobody nation can resolve this downside by itself, we will need to have all nations come collectively. Vietnam will be one of many leaders that may set an instance for the way we make a transition to an power base that doesn’t burn coal.”
On the 2021 U.N. Local weather Change Convention (COP26) in Scotland final November Vietnam had promised to focus on web zero emissions by 2050.
Internet zero emissions imply the quantity of carbon dioxide faraway from the ambiance is identical as the quantity emitted or extra.
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had mentioned Vietnam would actively develop sustainable power and work towards decreasing coal-fired energy in a video message to the Russian Power Week Worldwide Discussion board final October.
The nation would diversify its power sources, specializing in clear and renewable power from wind, the solar, biomass, and waste, and improve the share of fresh power to no less than 20 % by 2030 and 30 % by 2045, he mentioned.
To attain the net-zero purpose, Vietnam has to transition away from coal and alter what the nation has been doing to offer energy as there are different alternate options that may very well be used for power, Kerry mentioned.
“We consider there are potentialities for big transition right here [Vietnam] that may create jobs [in the field of clean energy].
“Vietnam has nice wind, unbelievable solar and hydropower. That combination may also help Vietnam have an excellent clear power base.”
Binh Thuan and Ninh Thuan provinces on the south-central coast might present solar energy, he mentioned.
U.S.’s particular presidential envoy for local weather, John Kerry, in Ho Chi Minh Metropolis, February 25, 2022. Photograph by VnExpress/Minh Nga
Vietnam must put in place guidelines and rules that assist get the investments wanted to make it occur as “the most important problem now could be to do that quick sufficient.
“Science tells us in easy arithmetic and physics that the world has to cut back emissions by 45 % between now and 2030. If we do not do sufficient between 2020 and 2030, overlook about 2050. It won’t be achievable except you do what it’s important to do now.”
At COP26, Vietnam was amongst a 190 nations and organizations pledging to section out coal-fueled energy and cease constructing new vegetation.
Earlier than touring to HCMC Kerry had met with President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and promised that the U.S. stood prepared to help Vietnam in reviewing and adjusting its methods and planning for the purpose of attaining net-zero emissions.