Comment on Climate Ministerial Meeting

Comment from ECIU's Gareth Redmond-King on the ministerial climate meetings happening this week.

By Tricia Curmi

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This week the UK and Egypt as COP26 and COP27 Presidencies will bring together ministers in Copenhagen to focus on actions needed to implement the Glasgow Climate Pact commitments [1]. They meet mid-way between the two climate summits, and ahead of two weeks of detailed technical negotiations in Bonn, to make progress before COP27 in Egypt.

Commenting on the May Ministerial Meeting and following a recent stark warning from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that the window of time left to keep 1.5C alive is rapidly closing [2], Gareth Redmond-King, International Lead at the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) said:

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine makes ending reliance on fossil fuels even more urgent than it was when the world agreed the Glasgow Climate Pact last November. Russia’s absence from the meeting means the UK and Egypt can drive progress without hindrance from a country that not only has lagged on cutting emissions itself but is desperate for the world to keep buying its oil and gas to help fund its war.

The UK will want ministers to head off from Copenhagen with a real sense of purpose and momentum ahead of the more technical negotiations in Bonn next month.”

Notes to editors:

  1. More than 40 countries will be meeting in Copenhagen this week to focus on what climate action needs to be taken to deliver key commitments ahead of COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh in November.
  2. The latest report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) on climate mitigation, released in April, states that global emissions need to peak by 2025 to limit the worst effects of climate change.

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