Climate Change > Speaking Sustainability
19 Nov '21

Reflecting back on the 26th meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), or “COP26,” it may well become known as the “Pledge and Commitment COP.” Governments, businesses, multilateral institutions and civil society focused their two weeks in Glasgow on how to “get things done” to limit the planet’s rising temperatures to 1.5°C from pre-industrial levels. The apparent solution: pledges and commitments. Now comes the hard work: adhering to these pledges and commitments, with clearly defined milestones, in a transparent and accountable manner to ensure environmental integrity.

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05 Nov '21

Yesterday, we highlighted some of the developments on coal at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), including issuance of a “Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement” committing to ending all investment in new coal power generation domestically and internationally and pursue a transition to clean power generation. While a number of countries and organizations appeared to support the pledge, with many issuing their own statements on ending international coal financing and phasing out coal-fired power generation during COP26’s Energy Day, fewer than 80 countries and organizations have actually signed onto the statement’s binding commitments (the “Pledge”).

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04 Nov '21

The phase-out of coal-fired power—one of the main culprits for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions worldwide—has dominated discussion at Energy Day at COP 26. Overnight, the United Kingdom, together with the support of a 190-strong coalition of nations and organizations, launched a proposal to phase out coal power and end support for new coal-fired power plants set out in the “Global Coal to Clean Power Transition Statement” (the “Statement”). The Statement commits to:

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