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Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s John Lang debates Net Zero pledges

Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s John Lang debates Net Zero pledges as Planet Classroom launches a new series in which 24 youth climate activists will monitor nations progress towards 2050 pledges

New York, February 15, 2022

In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, John Lang, who manages the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit’s NetZero Tracker, talks with C. M. Rubin (Founder of CMRubinWorld) about the world’s race to Net Zero. Lang specializes in communicating climate science and policy to the public.

The world needs to take emissions down from roughly 40 billion tonnes to zero in a matter of decades. “Leaders have largely accepted the math of tackling climate change,” states John Lang. “Now we just need more countries to adopt robust, credible Net Zero targets that are genuine, not greenwash.”

Examples that Lang cites in this new interview with C.M. Rubin are Sweden, which has set a target of Net Zero by 2045. It lists interim emission targets in its Climate Policy Framework: 63% lower by 2030 and 75% lower by 2040. “These targets cover all greenhouse gasses,” says Lang. In the past 3 decades, the UK grew its economy by 75% and still reduced emissions by 43%. “This is largely to do with the country retiring coal-fired electricity,” notes Lang, but he adds that policy has helped the UK. “For example, the UK's Climate Change Act of 2008 set up a climate change commission to advise the government and required 5-year carbon budgets to be set 12 years in advance.” Lang believes the UK still has a long way to go, “but it's in a better position to deliver on its promises than other nations.”

Read the Interview

This month, the Protect our Planet Movement in association with Planet Classroom launched Net Zero, a new video and podcast series in which 24 youth climate activists from the Protect Our Planet (POP) Movement in association with Planet Classroom will ask international thought leaders working on the environment the big questions as to how their nations are progressing towards their 2050 Net Zero pledges.

About CMRubinWorld

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, and offers a diverse range of innovative ideas presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

About Planet Classroom

The Planet Classroom Network brings together musicians, dancers, video game creators, filmmakers, learning innovators, scientists, and emerging technologists from all over the world to entertain, educate and engage youth and to provide a rich cultural experience at a time when art and global learning institutions are less accessible. The Planet Classroom Network is by youth for youth.


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