UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday praised US President Barack Obama’s plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, saying such “visionary leadership” is needed for securing a global climate change deal.
“The Plan is an example of the visionary leadership necessary to reduce emissions and to tackle climate change,” Ban’s spokesman Stephane Dujarric told reporters.
“The Secretary-General appreciates President Obama’s strong, personal leadership on climate change,” he added.
“President Obama’s leadership by example is essential for bringing other key countries on board and securing a universal, durable and meaningful agreement in Paris in December.”
The ambitious Plan assigns each state a target for reducing its carbon pollution from power plants. States will be allowed to create their own plans to meet the requirements and will have to submit initial versions of their plans by 2016 and final versions by 2018.
It aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions from US power stations by nearly a third within 15 years, and emphasises wind and solar power and other renewable energy sources.
Ban is travelling to Washington today to meet with Obama on a range of issues.