A COP26 Energy Transition Council has been launched to help “speed progress on the way to COP26”. The council – unveiled yesterday (21 September) in a speech given by parliamentary under secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Lord Callanan – is to bring together leaders of the global power sector to help accelerate the transition from coal to clean power. It will be co-chaired by the UN secretary general’s special representative for sustainable energy, Damilola Ogunbiya, and COP president and energy secretary Alok Sharma. The COP26 Energy Transition Council has been designed to ensure that clean power is the most attractive option for every country considering new power generation, as well as to help the most coal-dependent communities achieve a just transition. This will be done through development assistance, climate finance and the sharing of expertise, Lord Callanan said. A new £50 million Clean Energy Innovation Facility is also to be created to help developing countries accelerate the commercialisation of clean energy technologies, supporting clean growth and a resilient recovery from COVID-19.
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THE UK Government has been urged to change its “unthinkable” and “unacceptable” decision to exclude women from every senior position at the Cop26 climate talks. The highest roles in the conference, which will be held in Glasgow in November 2021 after the coronavirus forced a 12-month delay, are all held by men. UK Business Secretary Alok Sharma is now president after Claire O’Neill was removed from the position in January this year. Nicola Sturgeon has also been denied a role, after Prime Minister Boris Johnson reportedly said he didn’t want the Scottish leader “anywhere near” the global talks. Now, SNP MSP Gillian Martin has urged the UK Government to reconsider the decision, and commit to the inclusion of diverse voices at next year’s summit. The representative for Aberdeenshire East said: “In 2020 it is unthinkable to exclude women from every senior position at a major, global summit but that is exactly what the UK Government has proposed to do.
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