The climate agenda was key in Antonio Guterres’ speech at the doctoral award ceremony. Decarbonisation policy, he said, has become a global response to the problem of climate change. “Countries responsible for 73% of global CO2 emissions have pledged to achieve zero emissions by the middle of the century,” said Antonio Guterres, adding that net zero balance means that CO2 emissions will be offset by projects to capture it. “Russia, with its large forest area, has a huge capacity to absorb CO2,” he said.
During his speech, Antonio Guterres announced three UN climate priorities:
- Establish an international coalition in support of the global reduction of CO2 emissions (by 45% over the next decade compared to 2010).
- Increase the share of funds that contribute to the green adaptation of developing economies, from the current 21% to 50% (currently, most of the green spending finances the reduction of the environmental footprint).
- Implement the norms of the Paris agreements, which require signatories to provide developing countries with $100 billion annually to solve their climate problems.
During the ceremony, Sergey Brilev said that the Global Energy Association has applied for accreditation with the U.N. Economic and Social Council, given that in its work, the association has a direct impact on three of the 17 U.N. Sustainable Development Goals:
- Affordable and Clean Energy: one of the Global Energy Prize nominations, Non – conventional Energy, is awarded to research in the field of renewable energy.
- Responsible Consumption and Production: another nomination of the Prize, New Ways of Energy Application, recognises R&D that improves the efficiency of energy use, storage and transportation.
- Global Partnership for Sustainable Development: for the Association, efforts to strengthen international cooperation are a strategic priority.
By implementing and supporting innovative energy projects, the association has an indirect impact on two other U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, such as decent work and economic growth, as well as industry, innovation and infrastructure.