Comment on Bonn climate conference

ECIU's Gareth Redmond-King comments on progress at the Bonn Climate Change Conference.

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By George Smeeton

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Commenting on progress at the Bonn Climate Change Conference [1], Gareth Redmond-King, International Lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Just five months from the next climate COP, negotiators in Bonn are midway through meetings to progress promises made at COP26 in Glasgow. Significant gaps remain, especially on areas of concern to those on the frontline of climate impacts. Nations least able to afford it, and who’ve done least to cause the climate crisis, are paying for damage caused by worsening climate impacts. Developed countries have been slow to lock down the mechanisms and money to help developing countries.

“Too many wealthy countries are still too slow in cutting their own emissions as our recent report showed of the G20. [2] COP26 called for countries to resubmit more ambitious national targets for 2030 ahead of the next summit recognising we’re still some way short of commitments to match the 1.5°C limit. With both oil and gas prices high and volatile, and plans emerging to quickly get off Russian fossil fuels, the economics and politics make even more sense for these bolder targets to come, particularly from the EU, in the run-up to COP27. [3]

“This seems likely to be the basis for judging progress at COP27 – rich countries keeping their promises on climate finance, for adaptation and to help pay for the devastating losses climate change is causing, and a demonstration that policies are in place to bring down emissions. The UK still holds the COP presidency; UK leadership remains important to progress this year.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Bonn Climate Change Conference is taking place 1-16 June:

2. G20 off track to meet COP26 1.5°C commitment:

3. ECIU Senior Associate Richard Black argues that states should calculate the impact their new energy security plans, developed in response to the war in Ukraine, will have on emissions and publish them as formal emission-cutting targets in upgraded NDCs ahead of this year’s UN climate summit in Egypt in November:

4. Gareth Redmond-King is available for interview or comment from London; Richard Black is available in Bonn.

5. ECIU has also with partners today published the Net Zero Stocktake 2022 report:

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, Tel: 07894 571 153,