Governments blocking path to carbon-neutral future, UN chief warns

Governments worldwide are still putting obstacles in the way of economies making the transition to become carbon-neutral by mid-century, an effort needed to hold global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius, the head of the United Nations said on Thursday.

Besides instituting their own plans to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, governments must create the conditions to allow companies, cities, civil society groups and other organisations to do the same, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged.

He called on governments to reform regulations and policies that currently go against action on climate change, such as financing coal-power plants and providing subsidies for the extraction and use of fossil fuels.

“Governments are an obstacle in many areas for (the) private sector and other entities to be able to establish their own (net-zero) transitions,” he told the close of a virtual climate roundtable organised by the United Nations.

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