UN chief says phase-out of fossil fuels 'essential and inevitable'

By Reuters

January 18, 2024 at 1:00 PM

DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Wednesday said the phase-out of fossil fuels was essential and inevitable to avoid a global climate catastrophe.

"Let me be very clear again: the phase-out of fossil fuels is essential and inevitable. No amount of spin or scare tactics will change that. Let's hope it doesn't come too late," he said at the World Economic Forum in Davos.

Nearly 200 countries agreed at the COP28 climate summit last month to begin reducing global consumption of fossil fuels to avert the worst of climate change.

The deal, struck after two weeks of negotiations, was meant to send a message to investors and policy-makers that the world must part with fossil fuels.

"We must act now to ensure a just and equitable transition to renewable energy," Guterres added.

(Reporting by Gabrielle Tétrault-Farber; Editing by Sharon Singleton)


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