Media briefing: COP26 state of play and examples of real-world climate action

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Media briefing on progress at COP26 so far, and the key challenges for negotiations ahead.


16:00 – 16:30 pm GMT, Tuesday 8 November


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  • Professor Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at the University of Cambridge;
  • Professor Michael Grubb, Research Director & Professor of Energy and Climate Change, Institute for Sustainable Resources at University College London (UCL);
  • Gareth Redmond-King, COP26 Lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (chair).


The past week at COP26 has been characterised by an abundance of announcements on climate change, on issues ranging from methane and coal, to nature and land use. As talks move into week two, the focus shifts to the core negotiations and critical topics such as loss and damage, climate finance and the rules governing offsetting.

Questions remain therefore over the impact of announcements already made and how to evaluate progress at COP26, and what a successful outcome to the talks is likely to look like. The focus on real-world climate leadership is also the subject of a new report produced by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit, published today [1].

This media briefing will therefore cover:

  • The successes and shortcomings of week one of the summit;
  • The key opportunities and challenges that lie ahead for week two;
  • And examples of leadership driving and delivering real-world climate action.

If you would like to attend the briefing, please register via the Zoom link. If you have any questions about it, please contact Kathy Grenville, Communications Officer:, t: +44 (0)7501 874214 or George Smeeton, Head of Communications:, t: +44 (0) 7894 571153.


Notes to editors:

  1. The report, Reasons to be cheerful: climate leadership in action, which reveals the role of leadership in driving real-world action to address climate change, is released today.

For more information:

Kathy Grenville, Communications Officer, ECIU, t: +44 (0)7501 874214

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, t: +44 (0) 7894 571153