Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada wanted a stronger and more ambitious agreement on climate change from the G20 summit, but leaders were still able to make progress by committing to addressing some key issues.
The statements came at the conclusion of two days in Rome at the G20 Leaders Summit, where the final statement witnessed the leaders agreeing for the first time in writing – that limiting the increase in global average temperatures to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels would be better for everyone.
The document also watered down many parts of an earlier draft version, including replacing deadlines for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 and eliminating coal energy by the end of the 2000s, with net-zero by “mid-century” and eliminating coal energy by the end of the 2000s. Coal “as soon as possible”.
“There is no doubt that Canada and a number of other countries would have wished for stronger language and stronger commitments on combating climate change more than others,” Trudeau said at his closing press conference.
“These are the things that Canada will continue to push for, along with all our colleagues, for everyone,” Trudeau added.