The first in-person meeting of climate ministers in 18 months has seen some tentative progress, says the UK minister who will lead the Glasgow COP26 meeting. Alok Sharma said that the countries aligned more closely on climate issues but on some key matters they were “not yet close enough”. One of the outstanding questions is the phasing out of coal for energy. Continued use was incompatible with a key climate target, Mr Sharma said. Representatives from 51 countries attended the informal gathering in London over the weekend.
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UK will use COP26 to support developing countries’ transition from coal to renewable energy. COP26 president Alok Sharma said it was crucial that November’s meeting ‘consigned coal to history’.
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Countries have finished key climate talks deadlocked on the issue of phasing out coal-fired power, UK minister Alok Sharma has said. Amid a backdrop of extreme flooding, ministers from more than 50 countries met in London this week to discuss tougher measures to tackle the climate crisis ahead of Cop26 – a key global summit to be held in Glasgow in just under 100 days. Mr Sharma, who is president-designate of Cop26, said that “progress was made” over the two-day summit, but warned that “vital issues” remain unsolved in the run up to the event. “We have discussed the critical issues in the Cop26 negotiations. As we have done so, heavy rains and flash floods have swept London – a sobering reminder of the urgency of our task,” he told reporters at a press briefing held on Monday evening.
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