Article By : William Wilson
December 19, 2020
Conference 2020

William Wilson-COP 26 Key Issues at a Turning Point for Climate Negotiations

William Wilson’s session sets out some reflections on key issues for the climate negotiations at
COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021. 2020 is a key year in the timetable for climate
negotiations, when the Parties to the Paris Agreement for Climate Change are due to submit
more ambitious Nationally Determined Contributions, and their plans to reduce emissions of
greenhouse gases. Scientists suggest that the window for achieving Paris Agreement targets is
closing rapidly, while worldwide evidence of the effects of climate change increases. The politics
of climate negotiations are further complicated by the response to the COVID-19 pandemic,
with recovery packages of many trillions of dollars liable to set the course for future fossil fuel
use, worldwide moves to support a ‘Green Recovery from COVID’, and big shifts towards an
energy transition. With a national legal commitment to achieve ’net zero’ emissions by 2050
and Chairmanship of COP 26, the UK has claimed the high ground in addressing these issues,
and now needs to deliver.

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