COP27 debrief: outcomes of COP27

Experts discuss what was achieved at COP27, and what it means for the UK?

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By Gareth Redmond-King


COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt closed with a deal, albeit in overtime, that offered progress on key issues including climate finance (particularly on loss and damage, and on adaptation - supporting poorer nations on climate impacts), and some disappointment on enhanced emissions pledges (NDCs) continuing to build on the momentum following COP26 in Glasgow.

Billed as an ‘implementation COP’ by the Egyptian hosts, many observers feared that progress in Sharm El-Sheikh could have been hampered by leaders’ focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global energy and food crises. However, solutions to the global poly-crisis are as interlinked as the crises themselves, so focus at COP27 Taking place on Monday 21 November - the day after the talks closed, this panel considered:

  • What was achieved at COP27, and what it means for the UK – both domestically, and on the global stage in the period after our presidency of the COP, as attention turns back to Russian aggression against Ukraine, and its energy war on Europe.
  • Can COP27 be considered a success – on global momentum on clean transition, on supporting the poorest nations, most vulnerable to climate impacts, and on implications for the UN climate process itself;
  • What should the UK take from COP27 – for domestic net zero delivery, for our future role on the world stage, for the economic and national security risks and opportunities that confront us in a time of multiple, interconnected global crises.
  • What are likely to be the key issues to watch in the months following the summit.

Who's on the panel?

Bernice Lee, Research Director, Futures; Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability, Chatham House - expert on the environment, the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability, international trade and China.

Prof Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative.

Sepi Golzari-Munro, Energy Transition Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) - commentator on energy & climate issues in the U.K. and internationally, having previously worked in the government and civil society sectors on these issues.

Richard Black, Senior Associate, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) - Senior Associate focussing on the international agenda

Gareth Redmond-King, International Lead at ECIU (chair).