The World Meteorological Organization and The International Energy Agency both issue worrying reports and urge action
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO), an agency of the United Nations, has released a report, “the State of the Global Climate in 2018”, which says that the impacts of climate change are accelerating. 2018 is the fourth hottest year on record of the WMO, making the years 2015 to 2018 the four warmest ever. Ocean heat is at record high and global sea levels continue to rise. The average global temperature has reached 1 degree Celsius above pre-industrial levels. The report clearly states: “We are not on track to meet climate change targets and rein in temperature increases.”
The Secretary-General of the UN António Guterres stated that the report is reason for great concern and that “there is no longer any time for delay.” The International Energy Agency (IEA) has also reported a record high of global carbon emissions in 2018. 1.7% more CO2 has been emitted in 2018, of which one third came from increased coal use. Energy demand has also risen to a ten-year-high, because of a strong global economy and extreme weather increasing demand for heating and cooling, which accounted for one fifth of the rise in energy consumption. With more extreme weather imminent because of climate change, the demand for heating and cooling will continue to rise.
In 2000 wind and solar energy accounted for 0% of the electricity generation and last year they accounted for 7%. But because nuclear has decreased by 7%, wind and solar have taken over the windfall of nuclear, thus not increasing the share of carbon-free energy. Executive Director of IEA Fatih Birol stated: “Despite major growth in renewables, global emissions are still rising, demonstrating once again that more urgent action is needed on all fronts.” Both reports are clear that we have to act now. Quadriz offers companies the opportunity to do their fair share in the fight against climate change. As the WMO report states: “Every fraction of a degree of warming makes a difference.”