Boris Johnson’s team had a “cavalier attitude” to hosting a vital UN climate summit in the UK, taking the view “they could wing it with a few press releases and that would all be fine” rather than putting serious work into the talks, the sacked former minister originally in charge has said. Claire O’Neill was appointed by Johnson to head the Cop26 summit in September 2019 but was summarily dismissed on the eve of the launch of the UK’s presidency in February this year. She told parliament’s business, energy and industrial strategy committee on Tuesday that the first months of the UK’s proposed presidency had been characterised by inter-departmental rivalries and a lack of understanding of how vital the UN climate talks were.
Guardian 1st Dec 2020 read more »
COP26 President Alok Sharma at the Green Alliance’s “Making it Count” event, marking one year to go until the climate change conference in Glasgow. And the first stopover on that road is the Climate Ambition Summit which is taking place on 12 December. The UK is hosting with the UN and France, and in partnership with Italy and Chile. And this is the point that marks the five-year anniversary of the Paris Agreement. We are calling on countries to use this summit to announce ambitious commitments on emissions, adaptation and climate finance. And yes, the UK will be setting out its own Nationally Determined Contribution metric ahead of 12 December. There will be room for non-state actors to make commitments too at the Ambition Summit.
BEIS 27th Nov 2020 read more »
COP26 President Alok Sharma’s opening remarks at the Carbon Market Institute’s 7th Australasian Emissions Reduction Summit: The Race to Zero campaign is a coalition of cities, regions, businesses, and investors which have committed, through science-based targets, to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at the latest. They already collectively account for 50% of the world’s economy, and 25% of its emissions.
BEIS 2nd Dec 2020 read more »