The goal of the Environment, Climate and Energy Working Group is to coordinate global civil society around promoting policies for implementing sustainable development within the G20. The group aims to ensure policy coherence across the G20 agenda, guided by the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 7 on ensuring affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all, and SDG13 on Climate Change by meeting the Paris Agreement’s goal of avoiding the most harmful impacts of climate change by limiting the global temperature increase to 1.5ºC above pre-industrial levels.
The Working Group aims to ensure that G20 countries take concrete steps to implement the Paris Agreement and step up the ambition contained in their national climate plans by 2020.
Towards this end, the Working Group will consider issues such as long term decarbonization strategies, energy efficiency and renewable energy investments, coal phase-out, low-carbon and climate-resilient infrastructure, resilience for vulnerable communities and ecosystems, fossil fuel subsidies phase-out, just transition and climate finance for an environmentally-sound transition to low carbon economies in the context of poverty eradication.
If plastics continue to flow into the ocean , in 2050 the ocean plastic is estimated to exceed the weight of the fish. A solution to the problem of plastic marine pollution (ex.Ocean Plastics Charter in CHARLEVOIX) has been issued at the G7 and the United Nations, but it was not enough. Incineration of plastics has an impact on climate change. Furthermore, the impact of marine pollution on fishing industry is also concerned about microplastic. The Working Group aims to examine solutions to the plastics problem to be addressed in G20 countries.