The United Nations Secretary General António Guterres called to super-charge efforts to achieve the Climate Solidarity Pact through an Acceleration Agenda. The G20 as biggest emitters have the strongest responsibility to “make extra efforts to cut emissions (…) in a common effort to keep 1.5 degrees alive”. In practice this means to transition from coal to renewables, incl.:

  • No new coal and the phasing-out of coal by 2030 in OECD countries and 2040 in all other countries;
  • Ending all international public and private funding of coal;
  • Ensuring net zero electricity generation by 2035 for all developed countries and 2040 for the rest of the world.

The newest publication of Climate Transparency “G20 Acceleration Call – From Coal to Renewables” identifies three steps that are key to accelerate climate action in the G20: higher ambition of national climate targets, stronger implementation to deliver on existing plans, and deeper cooperation to use the G20’s collective political, technological and financial power. The Call gives a short overview about the transition from coal to renewables in the G20 and provides key recommendations for each country.

The Climate Ambition Summit – The G20 transition from coal to renewables

20 September 2023 (Wednesday)

9:00-10:00 EDT (15:00-16:00 CEST)

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Zoom Event

On the day of the UNSG Climate Ambition Summit, we would like to discuss:

  • Where do G20 countries stand in phasing-out coal and phasing-in renewables?
  • What commitments and announcements are made for the Summit?
  • What are the main recommendations for the G20 countries to accelerate coal phase-out and renewables phase-in?

Climate Transparency partners and experts from G20 countries will address these questions and provide most urgent recommendations for higher ambition, quicker implementation and better cooperation.


9:00-9:05           Welcome

                            Sebastian Wegner (Climate Transparency)                                     

9:05-9:15           On the road to ambition

Overview of the G20 Acceleration Call “From coal to renewables”

Julia Horn (Climate Transparency)

9:15-9:30           Commitments made by G20 towards the Summit

Open exchange between all participants

9:30-10:00         From ambition to implementation

The transition from coal to renewables in G20 countries – latest developments and recommendations

Discussion with inputs from Germany, India (tbc), Indonesia, Mexico and South Africa