International Climate Policy Updates-June

Attached please find *the June Policy Updates, prepared by Climate Reality. *
Lots of things happened in June, here are a few highlights:

– *The Bonn meeting* failed to reach a robust agreement on Article 6 of the Paris Agreement. In addition, a few countries led by Saudi Arabia continued to question the fundamental science of the IPCC 1.5C special report. – *G20*: Osaka Leaders’ Declaration again has a G19+1 text on Climate. All G20 countries except the US reaffirms the intention to communicate, update or maintain NDCs and considering further global efforts. Nevertheless, many criticized the poor outcomes as they failed to address more ambitious commitments and has a weakened reiteration of fossil subsidies. – *IRENA’s* 2019 report finds that the renewable energy sector employed over 11 million people in 2018. Solar PV employed 3.6 million people globally, with Asia hosting 85 percent. – *Japan* adopted a long-term strategy for emissions reduction, aiming to achieve net zero emissions soon after 2050.The strategy lacks roadmaps for coal phasing-out and carbon pricing. – *China,* France, and UN issued a statement on the sideline of G20, pledge to update current NDCs to reflecting “highest possible ambition” by 2020. – *Chile* announced their energy sector transition plan to 100 percent renewable energy by 2040 and carbon-neutral by 2050. – Although backed by majority of major *EU* countries, the EU’s zero carbon 2050 goal was blocked by Poland and others, claiming that without a burden-sharing mechanism. – *The UK* signed the target of net-zero GHG emissions by 2050 into law, becoming the first major economy to do so. – *Finland* will go carbon neutral by 2035 and *Ireland* will reach net zero by 2050. – Eight out of 28 EU countries have pledged to phase out coal to the European Commission.

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