Former Energy Minister Claire O’Neill (nee Perry) has told MPs she is concerned that the UK Government is failing to engage policymakers from other nations on climate action ahead of COP26, risking an unjust global low-carbon transition. Speaking to members of the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee this morning (1 December), O’Neill was asked to detail her experiences as secretary-elect for the UN conference under Theresa May. She was also asked to give her opinions on how Boris Johnson and his COP team, headed by Business Secretary Alok Sharma, are approaching preparations for the event in Glasgow next November. O’Neill argued that while both May and Jonson were “very positive” about hosting the conference, despite concerns from some ministers and departments, they have both underestimated the amount of work that goes into preparations. Johnson notably set up a cabinet sub-committee on climate change in 2019 but members did not meet for more than four months. Media outlets had also reported that hotels and other businesses in Glasgow were not supported to prepare for the original November 2020 dates. O’Neill argued that, under May and Johnson alike, ministers have not recognised climate action as “job number one”.
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‘Wing it with a few press releases’: Claire O’Neill slams UK Govt’s ‘cavalier attitude’ to COP26. Former UK energy minister Claire O’Neill has slammed the government’s “cavalier attitude” and in-fighting in the lead up to the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.
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The former President of COP26 Claire O’Neill has called for the Government to “put aside petty politics” and recruit former prime ministers as ambassadors for the climate summit. Speaking to a Committee of MPs, Ms O’Neill accused the Government of seriously underestimating the scale of the challenge when it agreed to host the talks. “I think there was a cavalier attitude to what was required, and basically a view that you could wing it with a few press releases and that would all be fine,” she said.
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Global climate goals are now in “striking distance” thanks to pledges of action from big emitters like China and the US, a think tank has suggested. If all nations meet their net zero emissions targets the world is heading for 2.1C of warming by the end of the century, just short of the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to between 1.5C and 2C. That is according to the think tank Climate Action Tracker, which every year tots up the emissions impact of climate pledges made by nations. Only a couple of years ago the think tank was projecting a future of 3.6C of warming, an outcome scientists agree would be catastrophic for life on earth.
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