COP26: In Summary

What has been decided? Who's the key players? Will the planet be ok!? We're here to break things down for you...

Now that COP26 has drawn to a close, a lot (A LOT) has gone one both in and outside the summit. We’re here to reflect on the statements made and pledges to hold our world leaders accountable to…

  • More than 100 world leaders have promised to end and reverse deforestation by 2030. You can read more about this pledge here! 
  • More than 100 countries have vowed to reduce methane emissions by 30% over the next 9 years.
  • Over 40 countries agreed to phase out power generated by coal – some by 2030, some by 2040.  Importantly, the US, China, India and Australia were NOT part of the deal…
  • Over 40 countries have agreed to prioritise technology for clean and affordable energy by 2030 with a focus on hydrogen, agriculture, transport and power.
  • The EU launched a 1BILLION Euro programme to finance climate innovation.
  • By 2030 UK firms will be forced to demonstrate how they intend to hit their own climate targets through detailed plans.
  • More than 20 countries have pledged to end finance for fossil fuel projects from next year.
  • 45 countries have agreed to reduce farming emissions and utilise more sustainable practices.
  • The post-summit draft agreement has been published, which will lay out how countries plan to tackle the climate crisis after COP26. Fossil fuels were not mentioned in the draft.
  • It was agreed countries will meet next year to pledge further cuts to emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2)
  • For the first time at a COP conference, a plan was agree to reduce use of coal, though not as strong a plan as many nations would like after intervention from China and India. The last minute change caused COP26 President, Alok Sharma, to shed a tear upon announcement.
  • A pledge was made to increase funding for poorer countries to cope with the effects of climate change and make the switch to clean energy.
  • The world’s biggest CO2 emitters, the US and China, pledged to cooperate more over the next decade in areas including methane emissions and the switch to clean energy.

Will the planet be ok? Only time will tell, and it’s up to us ALL to help create change.

Posted by Claire Edwards 11 November 2021

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