COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma marked less than six months to go until the climate change summit this November, as Government Ministers travelled across the country to see how the UK is greening all parts of society. COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma marked less than six months to go until the climate change summit this November at Whitelee Windfarm in Glasgow, as Government Ministers travelled across the country to see how the UK is greening all parts of society. In his speech, Mr Sharma set out the four goals the UK as hosts will be focusing on in the run up to the summit – securing global net zero, protecting communities and natural habitats from the impacts of climate change, mobilising finance and working together to accelerate action.
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COP26 president Alok Sharma’s choice of the giant Whitelee Wind Farm as backdrop to his “six months to go” rallying call ahead of the crucial UN climate summit might be the nearest thing the UK onshore wind industry gets to an apology. In an irony that will not be lost on Britain’s renewable energy sector, Sharma’s call to “consign coal to history” has uncomfortable echoes of his Conservative Party’s rhetoric on onshore wind power not all that long ago. From 2015, when it won an election on a manifesto that promised to “halt the spread” of subsidised wind on land, the Conservatives waged a five-year campaign against the UK onshore sector and, to a lesser extent, solar PV. Taking aim at the wind industry was back then a useful drum to bang for the Conservatives at their core voters in the English shires, where climate scepticism was stoked by a media keen to talk up the cost of what it regarded as little more than a hippy racket against the honest taxpayer.
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World must immediately ‘abandon coal’ and scrap new petrol cars by 2040 if it is to meet climate goals, UK says. Speaking from an onshore wind farm in Glasgow, Alok Sharma set out an ambitious vision for how the world can get to grips with the climate crisis.
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The UK government is considering how to use Covid-19 vaccines and testing to try to ensure vital UN climate talks this year go ahead in person, rather than as an online event. Alok Sharma, a former UK business secretary and now president-designate of Cop26, the climate summit to be held in Glasgow this November, said: “I have always been very clear that this should be the most inclusive Cop ever. I have been travelling around the world and it is very clear to me that people want to see a physical Cop, in particular developing countries want this to be face to face.”
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Britain will urge the rest of the world to end sales of new petrol cars by 2040 as part of the Cop26 international climate summit, its president has said. Alok Sharma said the summit should also herald the end of coal power, deforestation, and tackle methane emissions to meet the aims of limiting warming under the Paris Agreement. “If we are serious about 1.5 degrees, Glasgow must be the Cop that consigns coal power to history, the Cop that signals the end to polluting vehicles,” Mr Sharma said in a speech outside the Whitelee wind farm in Glasgow on Friday, where the UN conference will be held in six months. “We are calling on countries to commit to all new cars being zero emission by 2040, or earlier.” Britain has already committed to phasing out new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, and the most polluting hybrid cars by 2035. It is among the most ambitious commitments from around 14 countries, trailing only a 2025 deadline from Norway.
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