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US envoy says Russian invasion speeds shift to completely clean energy

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) Russias invasion of Ukraine will accelerate the worlds shift to renewable energy due to price shocks in coal and oil, a U.S. climate envoy said Thursday.

U.S. 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 transitioning to net-zero greenhouse emissions by 2050.

Duke described the Russian invasion that began half a year ago among the biggest geopolitical drivers right now for a worldwide shift toward renewable energy.

What has sometimes been lost in peoples knowledge of the reverberations on that front is that whenever you look at what countries are in fact doing in response, its likely to accelerate the power transition, Duke said.

EUROPE has tripled down on its efforts to deploy renewables and heat pumps also to electrify its vehicle fleet and otherwise react to this crisis, he added. Thats likely to take time however the pace is quickening due to the conflict.

Meanwhile, Australia plans to lessen its heavy reliance on solar power panels stated in China, a Russian ally, by diversifying its trading partners because the Australian government scales up its transition to renewables.

Kushla Munro, who heads the governments International Climate Division, said Australia was concentrating on India in developing a global collaboration on the production of solar power panels and green hydrogen.

Australia had also prioritized green energy technology partnerships with Japan, South Korea and america in order to avoid the supply chain constraints which have arisen through the pandemic, Munro said.

The Australian government elected in-may has increased Australias 2030 emissions reduction target to 42% from the prior administrations goal of 26% to 28% below 2005 levels.

AMERICA is targeting a 50% to 52% reduction by the finish of the decade.

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