COP President looks to advance South Africa’s flagship Just Energy Transition Partnership

COP26 President Alok Sharma has traveled to South Africa this week in a bid to help promote the country’s high profile Just Energy Transition Partnership (JTEP), which aims to mobilize billions of dollars of climate finance in support of the economy’s shift away from coal power. The JTEP was agreed on the sidelines of last … Read more

Progress and disappointment: Bonn Conference kicks off new era for global climate talks, but same old stand-offs persist

Fortnight-long meeting has made progress on a number of technical issues, but disagreements over climate finance are now set to dominate the COP27 Climate Summit The latest Bonn Climate Conference came to a close yesterday after two weeks of intense talks, simultaneously marking both the end of one era and the beginning of another for … Read more

'A Peace Plan for the 21st Century': UN Secretary-General urges countries to accelerate renewables transition

António Guterres warns countries are getting a ‘giant fail mark’ from scientists and the public opinion over their climate strategies “Renewables are the peace plan of the 21st century,” UN Secretary-General António Guterres has today declared, as he reiterated calls for governments to respond to both the climate crisis and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine by … Read more

We need to protect climate diplomacy from discursive statecraft

The UK must use its influence to ensure the drive to net zero also catalyses progress towards national security goals, argues the Council of Geostrategy’s Will Young At the 1992 Rio Summit on climate change, the principle of Common But Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDR) was established. CBDR ensures that historically large emitters, typically countries that began … Read more

Reports: Alok Sharma in running for UN Climate Chief post

COP26 President Alok Sharma could replace Patricia Espinosa as the UN’s top climate change official, after reports emerged that the former Business Secretary had been approached to sound out his interest in applying for the high profile role. The Guardian reported yesterday that Sharma is understood to have been approached about whether he would be … Read more

Bonn Conference kicks off with plea for nations to deliver on Glasgow Climate Pact promises

Hundreds of Ministers and diplomats from around the world are gathering in Bonn, Germany, this week for the annual UN Climate Change Conference at the headquarters of the UN’s climate secretariat in a bid to “lay the groundwork” for this autumn’s COP27 Climate Summit in Egypt . Officially opening the talks yesterday, UN Climate Change … Read more

Closing the 'G20 ambition gap': Why the world's major economies must act now to secure a 1.5C future

G20 nations hold the key to capping temperature rise at safe levels – so it is critical they ramp up their climate ambition ahead of COP27, argues the ECIU’s Gareth Redmond-King Humans emit nearly 60 billion tons of greenhouse gases, annually. In 2015, the world committed to cutting those to arrest global temperature rises at … Read more