International Energy Forum (IEF) Secretary General Joseph McMonigle today welcomed the return of the United States to the Paris Climate Agreement as global momentum builds to tackle climate change.
The United States officially rejoined the agreement on Friday Jan 19 after former President Donald Trump pulled the country out last year.
"The IEF welcomes the United States official return to the Paris agreement and is pleased to be able to say once again that all IEF member countries are members of the accord," Secretary General McMonigle said.
The Paris accord mandates a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions to keep global warming within acceptable thresholds of 1.5 to 2 degrees Celsius. The adoption of the 2015 UN Paris Agreement and Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals established a common direction toward a more sustainable future to which all IEF members are active contributors.
"The US re-entry to the Paris accord will only add momentum to the recent climate action that we've seen coming from Asia late last year," Mr McMonigle said. "The truth is the energy transition is inevitable and must be advanced to reduce the energy system's impact on the planet."
The IEF will host the 5th IEF-EU Energy and Climate Day conference on February 25 with EU Commissioner for the European Green Deal Frans Timmermans, Saudi Arabia Energy Minister HRH Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, Belgium Energy Minister Tinne Van de Straeten and Egypt Energy Minister Tarek El-Molla.
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