Jakarta, September 8th: The Foundations Platform F20 encompassing more than 80 foundations mainly from the G20 countries has today urged the G20 Heads of State to take action on climate and adopt concrete targets aligned with the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals. “The keys for limiting the global temperatue increase to 1.5°C and to react to the global climate crisis are with the G20 countries” the
release issued today. Further, the release reads “in times of heavy climate impactsworldwide, the 20 major industrialised economies are more than ever in the lead to join forces and to work on a strong and coordinated international response to the climate and energy emergencies“. The Foundations Platform F20 also calls upon the G20 to “foster global cooperation to the severe, interconnected and often irreversible impacts of climate change on ecosystems, biodiversity, and human systems.” Measures on the global, national and local level would have to build on the principle of building resilience, upscaling renewables and restoring nature.These measures would also have to include strengthening of adaptation to impacts that are not avoidable any longer such as heat waves and heavy flood events. At this year’s main gathering of F20, the hybrid Climate Solutions Forum, the most pressing global challenges have been discussed in a solutions-oriented cross-sectoral dialogue. A concrete list of recommendations to the G20 Heads of State was presented, advocating for joint and ambitious action to deliver on the goals of the 2030 Agenda and the Paris Climate Agreement. This year’s F20 annual high-level event took place in Jakarta back to back with the Indonesian Good Times Summit just prior to the G20 Development Ministerial Meeting in Belitung, from 7th-9th of September.
A concrete list of F20 recommendations calls upon the G20 Heads of State to ramp up climate action and exhibit leadership and to set clear measurable, Paris-aligned goals and implement on what has been proclaimed at last year’s G20 Summit in Rome. The Foundations Platform F20 urges the G20 Heads of States to accelerate a Just Energy Transition by agreeing on concrete interim targets by 2030, phasing out of fossil fuel subsidies, protecting and restoring ecosystems, establishing new energy and climate partnerships in the G20 context and beyond and upscaling renewables.
Accounting for about 80% of global energy-related CO2 emissions, the G20 countries play a key role for climate action. To give the mitigation plans of the G20 any credibility, drastic changes in existing energy policies are required. These would have to adress energy efficiency and ensure the uptake of renewable energies. Existing policies are far from track with the 1.5 °C goal of the Paris Climate Agreement which all G20 countries have ratified. Based on their recently published report, F20 advocates the G20 Heads of State to agree upon an evidence and science-based G20 renewable energy power generation target of 70% by 2030, 60% renewable energy on primary energy, 55% on heat and 60% on electric mobility. The renewable energy potential of the G20, which exceeds the current energy demand multiple times, proves that the implementation of these targets is technically and economically feasible.
Mr. LUHUT BINSAR PANDJAITAN (Coordinating Minister of Maritime and Investment Affairs of Indonesia), underscored the importance of the Indonesian G20 Presidency to accelerate a Just Energy Transition by putting particular emphasis on a just and inclusive approach. It is within this spirit that also JOCHEN FLASBARTH (State Secretary in the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation), who spoke at this year’s event,
highlighted that Just Energy Partnerships and the readiness of Indonesia on that are crucial to make this a reality.
This year´s F20 Climate Solutions Forum was hosted by the Foundations Platform F20, The Good Times Summit and The Habibie Center together with the Indonesian Partner foundations Bina Swadaya, Wahid Foundation and Yayasan Dharma Bhakti Astra (YDBA) Foundation. The event was supported by the Indonesian network of foundations Filantropi Indonesia and Impact Hub Jakarta.