US envoy Rick Duke says Russian invasion of Ukraine is accelerating clean energy shift

Rick Duke was speaking at an Australian National University forum after meetings with Australian government officials on bilateral cooperation in the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Rick Duke was speaking at an Australian National University forum after meetings with Australian government officials on bilateral cooperation in the transition to net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine will accelerate the global transition to renewable energy due to oil and gas price shocks, a US climate envoy said Aug. 25.

US Deputy Special Envoy for Climate Rick Duke was speaking at an Australian National University forum after meetings with Australian government officials on bilateral cooperation in the transition to carbon emissions. net zero greenhouse gases by 2050.

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Mr Duke described the Russian invasion that began six months ago as “one of the biggest geopolitical drivers right now” for a global shift to renewable energy.

“What has sometimes been lost in people’s understanding of the repercussions on this front is that when you look at what countries are actually doing in response, it’s going to accelerate the energy transition,” Duke said.

“The European Union has tripled its efforts to deploy renewable energies and heat pumps and to electrify its fleet of vehicles and respond differently to this crisis,” he added. “It’s going to take time…but the pace is picking up because of the conflict.”

Meanwhile, Australia plans to reduce its heavy reliance on solar panels made in China, an ally of Russia, by diversifying its trading partners as the Australian government steps up its transition to renewable energy.

Kushla Munro, who heads the government’s international climate division, said Australia was focusing on India to develop international collaboration on the production of solar panels and green hydrogen.

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Australia has also prioritized green energy technology partnerships with Japan, South Korea and the United States to avoid supply chain constraints that have arisen as a result of the pandemic, Mr. Munro said.

The Australian government elected in May raised Australia’s 2030 emissions reduction target to 42% from the previous administration’s target of 26% to 28% below 2005 levels. States are aiming for a 50-52% reduction by the end of the decade.

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