Comment on CCC COP26 outcomes assessment

Climate Change Committee publishes assessment of outcomes of COP26 and next steps for UK Presidency

By George Smeeton

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Commenting on an assessment of the outcomes of COP26 and the next steps for the UK published today by the Climate Change Committee (CCC), Gareth Redmond-King, COP26 Lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said: “The CCC’s analysis makes clear that the UK’s work on COP26 is not yet done; there’s now an urgent need to deliver on the Glasgow Climate Pact to keep 1.5°C within reach as a goal to limit temperature rises.

“The government’s first priority is to ensure that it has a fully staffed and resourced team around COP President Alok Sharma. He and they will need the Prime Minister’s full authority to work right across Whitehall and through the UK’s considerable global diplomatic network to deliver on the UK’s own net-zero strategy, whilst also landing further ambition from big emitters, implementing rules agreed in Glasgow, and leveraging new finance streams to provide genuine support for developing countries.

“Every minister sat around the Cabinet table will need to be pulling their weight to ensure the UK can deliver on its pledges, that Glasgow’s promises are kept and Britain’s leadership moment on the world stage doesn’t falter”