Just two days after Chinese President Xi Jinping announced the world’s largest coal producer would stop funding overseas coal projects, seven countries on Friday pledged they would also cease building new coal power plants—the latest sign one of the world’s dirtiest energy sources is on its way out. Chile, Denmark, France, Germany, Montenegro, Sri Lanka, and the U.K. signed the No New Coal agreement at the U.N. High-level Dialogue on Energy in New York, where officials this week aimed to gather more support for the pact at the U.N. Climate Change Conference (COP26) in November. Noting that the seven countries signed on to the pact following Xi’s announcement—which is expected to eliminate 40 gigawatts of new coal power and avoid as much as 235 million tons of carbon emissions—the climate action group 350.org said the agreement is a clear sign that “coal is dead.”
Common Dreams 24th Sept 2021 read more »
The Secret Negotiator: Cop26 must leave the old diplomacy behind. An insider reveals what is going on behind the scenes of the climate conference. So far, all the preparation work we have done has been beating around the bush – not much that is substantial is happening yet. The homework has been done very well, but only on the issues that are not very substantive for this Cop, such as technical issues to do with the Paris agreement. We need to discuss now the issues which are most substantive: ambition, and climate finance. Ambition means how much we are going to cut emissions, in line with the Paris agreement targets – and that means how much are developed countries and the biggest developing countries going to cut emissions. Since the IPCC report in August, this has become even more urgent. In 1992, when these talks started, no one would have predicted where China would be now as an economic power. Its emissions are now huge; that wasn’t envisaged on this scale at the first Cops. China is classed as a developing country at the Cops, but it is very different from the small developing countries, and their interests are not necessarily the same. Look at other big developing countries, such as India, Mexico, Saudi Arabia. There is a huge difference between their interests and those of small developing countries.
Guardian 25th Sept 2021 read more »