HRH Prince Salman calls on international community to consolidate efforts in achieving global climate goals
TDT | Manama
The Daily Tribune – www.newsofbahrain.com
Bahrain is fully committed to achieving global climate goals.
This was emphasised yesterday by His Royal Highness Prince Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, the Crown Prince and Prime Minister, as he delivered a speech at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), held in Glasgow, Scotland.
Addressing leaders and representatives of countries around the world, HRH Prince Salman called on the international community to share responsibility in ensuring a green future for all.
His Royal Highness highlighted the global challenges posed by climate change and the importance of developing and championing innovative sustainable technology solutions to achieve global climate security.
His Royal Highness’s speech in full: “For millennia, technological and economic development moved at a steady pace.
That is until the advent of the Industrial Revolution, which set in motion profound changes for mankind, ushering in an era of change made on a previously unimaginable scale.
“The vast majority of humanity in the nineteenth century experienced extreme poverty; today, that figure stands at less than 10 per cent.
“Today, I am pleased to announce that Bahrain is committed to reaching net-zero by 2060 and has set a range of ambitious interim goals to ensure that we proceed without delay. By 2035, we will reduce emissions by 30 per cent through decarbonisation and efficiency initiatives and double our deployment of renewables from the targets we set at COP21.
Our 2035 targets also include carbon removal solutions by quadrupling mangrove coverage, doubling tree coverage in Bahrain, and directly investing in carbon capture technologies, which we believe is essential.
“Forums like COP26 and the recently concluded Middle East Green Initiative serve as vital reminders of our shared interests and common future. We must take advantage of these opportunities to deliver on the promises we make and have made, identifying multilateral solutions that, vitally, are accessible to all.
“A future net-zero economy capable of propelling humanity to new heights depends entirely on the ability of people to participate in it, both as producers and as consumers. We must therefore ensure that our work to curb emissions moves in lockstep with our work to improve livelihoods.”
Two hundred years ago, half of the children born died before the age of five; now, less than four per cent suffer this fate., our progress led to the rise of a global order characterised by economic interdependence, which, in turn, brought stability to many regions of the world.
“Sadly, these feats, however impressive, came at a price for our planet and our collective duty is to ensure that it does not cost us the earth.
In doing so, we must harness our productive potential with the same drive that greeted the dawn of the Industrial Age – marshalling the might and innovation and human ingenuity to propel a greener and more prosperous world.
“Emissions reductions through investment in renewable energy is certainly a central feature of this approach.
But, even as we increase renewable energy’s share of global demand, carbon will remain a fixture of the global energy mix for many years to come.
This means that billions of tons of carbon will need to be removed and sequestered each year if we are to arrive at net zero and limit warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
“While the Kingdom of Bahrain is responsible for just 0.07 per cent of global emissions, we recognise, not least as an island nation, that climate change is a global challenge that requires global solutions.
Developing the kinds of technologies necessary to meaningfully address the climate crisis requires us to act in concert, but also to lead by example.