The Big Four: Are major emitters downplaying their climate and clean energy progress?

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When: 11:00 EET/10:00 CET/09:00 GMT, Monday 14 November 2022

Where: Zoom webinar; please email to register


  • Frances Colón, Senior Director, International Climate Policy, Center for American Progress - Frances leads a program to drive international ambition and action to meet global climate mitigation and adaptation goals.
  • Kate Logan, Associate Director of Climate, Asia Society Policy Institute (ASPI) - Kate's work focuses on enhancing climate action across Asia, including developing a stronger regional vision for achieving net-zero emissions and encouraging more ambitious action in key national jurisdictions, especially China.
  • Shruti Sharma, Senior Policy Advisor, the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) - Shruti's experience and expertise lie in the field of environment, energy and poverty alleviation, with a focus on policy analysis, project management and evaluation.
  • Richard Black, Senior Associate, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)
  • Gareth Redmond-King, International Lead, ECIU (chair).

What is it about?

Ahead of analysis published by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit [1], this media briefing will examine the real world progress on climate change of the ‘big four’ leading greenhouse gas emitters.

It finds that the race to get off Russian gas, progress at COP26, and the economic opportunities of the clean transition are driving global momentum on climate change for the US, China, India, and the European Union.

This briefing will therefore examine:

  • How policy frameworks and market mechanisms are driving the clean transition in these national blocks;
  • Whether current global crises, such as the war in Ukraine and the global energy crunch, are likely to accelerate this transition, and if so, how;
  • Whether current emissions pledges from major emitters underestimate the likely impact of real-world progress in clean technologies, and;
  • If so, what this means for COP27 and the UNFCCC process going forward.

If you would like to attend the briefing - or have any questions about it - please contact, tel: +44 (0)7894 571153 [currently in Egypt for COP27 – please use WhatsApp for urgent calls].