UK walks diplomatic tightrope for 2020 climate summit after shaky start. Boris Johnson officially launched Cop26 on Tuesday but gave little indication as to how the government is going to leverage the world into taking bolder climate action.
Climate Change News 4th Feb 2020 read more »
Ed Miliband: The 2020 UN climate change conference, known as COP26, which will be taking place in Glasgow in November, could be Copenhagen or Paris, or somewhere in between. Ownership and responsibility will firmly rest with the government. The events of the past few days have proved beyond doubt, however, that we cannot leave it to the government alone. We all need to take ownership of this event. In case you are not convinced, and feeling a bit inert, let me persuade you that this really matters: 2020 was the year nominated in the Paris agreement for when the world had to narrow the gap between its noble aspirations to limit global warming to 1.5C and its country-by-country commitments, which currently add up to, at best, 3C of warming. Given we only have a decade to decisively turn things around, we just cannot allow Glasgow to fail.
Guardian 6th Feb 2020 read more »
This week’s COP26 launch may have got off to a tempestuous start, but all the elements are there for a genuinely transformative and historic Summit, the Prime Minister just needs to articulate the net zero narrative. Now, that’s more like it. The Prime Minister’s official launch of COP26 may have oscillated between underwhelming and chaotic, leaving the ‘summit to save the world’ without a President, but the government still has an impressive story to tell when it comes to climate action and today it unveiled an interesting new chapter. The announcement of a £50m funding competition to create England’s first all-electric bus town is precisely the sort of policy intervention the government should be pursuing. It may not grab many front page headlines – buses rarely do – but this is a living, breathing example of the kind of mission-focused, catalysing clean tech investments governments should be making.
Business Green 7th Feb 2020 read more »