UK Accused of Running ‘Most Exclusionary COP Ever’ as Activists Face Covid Barriers

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The UK has been accused of shutting out activists who hail from countries “battered” by extreme weather events from the upcoming UN climate summit, with campaigners warning it could be “the most exclusionary COP ever”.

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'COP simply must succeed': Boris Johnson travels to US to drum up climate action pledges ahead of Glasgow Summit

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Boris Johnson has stressed that "COP simply must succeed", as he reiterated calls for major economies to ramp up their climate commitments ahead of COP26 and step up to the plate with promised funding to help vulnerable nations deal with the growing impacts of global warming.

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COPping it

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But at the same time, as O'Neill hinted, the government's failure to properly engage Nicola Sturgeon, as well as those with direct COP experience (think Gordon Brown, Ed Miliband, and Amber Rudd) remains an example of political tribalism at its worse.

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Looking back on the future

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A fair COP? The Glasgow COP is going to fail us,” writes Read. She described COP as “an abusive space” for people from the Global South or any disenfranchised minority group.”. There is also much more processing and packaging involved.

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Looking back on the future

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A fair COP? The Glasgow COP is going to fail us,” writes Read. She described COP as “an abusive space” for people from the Global South or any disenfranchised minority group.”. There is also much more processing and packaging involved.

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Michael Gove declares UK has a 'moral responsibility' to lead global Green Industrial Revolution

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Asked if he would like the job of COP26 President, Gove said "I am very happy with the job that I have and I think there are many, many, many, many talented people who could do the job of COP President better than I could".

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£3.3 trillion fossil fuels subsidies by G20 countries since Paris Climate Agreement

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The Covid-19 health and economic crisis could make this situation even worse as governments decide on whether to spend trillions on rescue packages for fossil fuel and high-carbon industries as well as on stimulus packages to re-start their economies.

Oil and Gas Sector Told to Step Up Climate Game or Lose Investment

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’s COP 26 climate negotiations in November; Eggar said demonstrable action should be underway before then.

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COP26: Protestors demand bolder action as negotiators grapple with 'Rubik's cube' of Glasgow talks

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Other governments now need to isolate the Saudi delegation if they want this COP to succeed for everyone, not just fossil fuel interests.". We are probably not going to be talking about success at this COP," she said.

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A green recovery needs green money

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E3G's Tom Burke sets out four tests the Chancellor's stimulus package must pass if the government is to deliver on its 'green recovery' promises. If there is to be any prospect of the government making a success of COP 26 next year it must be seen to walk its climate talk.

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Non-combustible commitments? The Heat and Buildings Strategy unpacked

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Other support packages include the £150 million Home Upgrade Grant, which is intended to assist emissions reductions with households not currently on the gas grid. This is hardly the COP figure the Prime Minister wants to read.”. An air-water heat pump outside a residential building.

COP26 sparks surge in carbon price, slide in coal shares

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There is a general feeling that carbon markets come out of the COP process reinforced," he said Bellwether coal firms saw shares slide on Monday, while EU carbon prices leapt to a record high of over €66 a tonne.

'Overdelivered on the politics, but underdelivered on the science': The experts' take on COP26

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Business and policy leaders reflect on the major wins from the Glasgow Summit, what needs to happen next, and why COPs could look and feel difficult from now on.

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Book Review: Ruined by Design by Mike Monteiro

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He sets out a code of ethics which blows away the whole “just doing my job/following orders” cop-out. Somebody designed that packaging knowing it would end up in landfill for 1000 years. In 1996, I visited the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camps in Poland. I was in two minds about going, with a nagging feeling that I was indulging in genocide tourism, but came to the conclusion that I really should face up to one of the most horrific passages in human history.

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COP26: Delayed Glasgow Climate Summit confirmed for November 2021

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UN approves UK and Italian request for high profile Summit to be postponed by a full year, as co-hosts announce new 'Friends of COP' advisory board. He also reiterated the government's plans to make climate action a key plank in its recovery packages.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Green Covid-19 recovery set to top agenda at global summit

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The two-day Petersberg Climate Dialogue has long been a key event in the annual climate calendar, with environment ministers from around 30 countries typically coming together to thrash out priorities and preparations for the following United Nations COP climate summit.

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Taking the positives from COP26

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A precedent is being set with a new loss and damage framework taking shape and the first, albeit modest, funding packages being announced. COP26 has already delivered a series of big wins for the global net zero transition, as well as some worrying setbacks.

'Utterly shameful': Richer nations delay meeting $100bn climate finance target until 2023

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Scaling up climate finance has been one of my top priorities as COP President," he said. These are achievable amounts of money - governments have spent trillions on Covid-19 fiscal recovery packages, which show their ability to act in an emergency.

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Alok Sharma: 'We must also follow the best scientific advice on climate change'

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They added that while COP26 and the Pre-COP and Youth4Climate events that had been due to be staged in Italy this summer had been postponed until next year, it remained crucial that governments use the coming months to strengthen their decarbonisation plans.

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Whitehall needs to set itself a 'net zero test'

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British diplomats, the UK COP presidency team and Ministers would have been in a whirl of frenetic influencing activity globally (we hope) to drive up ambition, and drive out those new nationally-determined contributions (NDCs) from all the parties to the Paris Agreement.

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'Pace of delivery must be relentless': CBI issues net zero warning to government

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Against this backdrop business groups and campaigners have become increasingly frustrated at delays to several crucial green policy packages, as well as controversial moves such as the government's decision to axe the Green Homes Grant scheme and its failure to block plans for a new coal mine.

UK sets out four 'objectives' for COP26, as COP15 confirms second postponement

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Since the UK took on the COP Presidency, commitments to net zero have grown from around a quarter of the world's economy to 70 per cent," Johnson said.

COP26 President Alok Sharma: 'Our choices will make or break the zero-carbon economy'

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In my first fortnight as COP President, I have been listening to those who have done this before. ??Meeting Meeting people like Paris COP President Laurent Fabius, UN Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed and Patricia Espinosa from the UNFCCC. ??And,

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'Energy policy face palm': Heat pump firms call on government to rethink clean heat plans

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Dave Pearson, director of Star Renewable Energy, blasted the policy as a "clear error of judgement" that would be a "major national embarrassment in the run up to COP 26", referring to the UN climate conference set to be hosted by the UK in November 2021.

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Reports: Johnson to push for 'Green Marshall Plan' at G7 Summit

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To do that, the West needs to come up with a meaningful package of support that includes some pretty serious amounts of money. The voice of vulnerable countries is really important at COPs," he explained.

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Pledge to Net Zero: How to mobilise an industry behind net zero

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Now we have the date for COP, we'd very much like the industry to be seen as one of the leading sectors as we come towards COP," Symons says. "I

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Alok Sharma: 'I want to urge all businesses to join the Race to Zero Coalition'

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In addition to raising ambition, the UK's COP Presidency will focus efforts on 5 areas which need particular attention to achieve our goals. I know that New Zealand is taking action too, with measures like the environmental jobs package, and your investment in conservation and biodiversity.

COP26: Government confirms all new HGVs to be zero emission by 2040

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Department for Transport revs up automotive transportation plans and unveils new EV charge point concept, as governments prepare wave of new initiatives to tackle auto, aviation, and shipping emissions.

'Coal, cars, cash, trees': Boris Johnson sets out priorities for COP26

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The new goal is expected to feature in the upcoming Heat and Buildings Strategy, which is expected to be published next month following intense wrangling within Whitehall over the potential cost of the new package.

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German government: Climate targets must be updated this year, regardless of Covid-19 disruption

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Schulze added that ministers at the conference should also address calls to systematically focus their coronavirus recovery and investment packages to tackle climate risks.

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'Success is entirely possible': COP26 opens amid flurry of fresh national climate pledges

Business Green

We need to leave Glasgow with a balanced package of decisions that reflects the positions of all countries.". "We Alok Sharma officially takes over mantle as COP26 President as he calls for 'ever increasing ambition' over the next decade.

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The government must follow the science by setting out a clear net zero policy plan

Business Green

Economic stimulus packages provide a perfect opportunity to reflect this. Next year, as the UK takes on the COP Presidency, the government must play a leading role in setting a global example for green recovery.

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Looking ahead to the Climate Ambition Summit 2020

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As COP President Designate, I am committed to a 'whole of society' approach, and we will also use the Summit to create an inclusive and diverse platform.

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Environmental sustainability and resilience for a clean and green recovery

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Politicians everywhere are designing their economic recovery packages. As co-hosts of the next climate COP, we will be asking other countries to do the same. Defra and DfID minister Lord Goldsmith's speech at the Chatham House’s Global Forum on Forest Governance.

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COP26: Sainsbury's joins partner roster, as questions grow over Summit plans

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10, and until No 10 can demonstrate what this meeting is about and its importance, the COP communications team will struggle to deliver a coherent story Retailer named as Principal Supermarket Partner, as government faces growing calls to clarify plans for crucial Glasgow Summit.

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Government sets out plans to cut taxes on flights within UK

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The French government recently won plaudits for reportedly making bailout packages for airlines conditional on the scrapping of some short haul routes where rail offered a viable alternative.

COP26: Scottish government confirms Covid contingency planning underway

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However, there will also be a reluctance to delay the Summit further if at all possible given the need to finalise the rulebook of the Paris Agreement and the desire to ratchet up pressure on governments to introduce green recovery packages and come forward with credible net zero strategies.

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'Nothing short of critical': Fraught G20 climate talks intensify pressure for progress ahead of COP26

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I intend to use the opportunity of the upcoming UN General Assembly high-level session [in September] to bring leaders together to reach a political understanding on these critical elements of the package needed for Glasgow," Guterres said.

Behind the scenes at the IMO's latest meeting: Are governments all at sea with their first post-COP26 climate test?

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If the recent COP kept 1.5 Countries assembled for latest round of shipping industry climate talks have once again declined to accelerate the timeline for improving the sector's climate targets.

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Petersberg Climate Dialogue: Covid-19 'green recovery' plans set to top agenda at global summit

Business Green

The two-day Petersberg Climate Dialogue has long been a key event in the annual climate diplomacy calendar, with environment ministers from around 30 countries typically coming together to thrash out priorities and preparations for the following United Nations COP climate summit.

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Coronavirus Response: Businesses still need to social distance from carbon

Business Green

International summits to progress a global oceans treaty and mid-year UNFCCC talks have been postponed, while even more crucially COP26 and the much anticipated 'Biodiversity COP' are now set to take place next year.

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COP26: Postpone, virtual, or as you were?

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It's the first time that both conventions have had 'super-summits' in the same year, with China due to host the CBD in October and the UK the climate COP in November. And so, perhaps, will the Glasgow COP.

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'Carbon tested' Budget: Treasury mulls incentives for green home upgrades and electric cars

Business Green

The scheme could see direct funding to enhance the energy efficiency of social housing, schools, and hospitals, alongside a package of incentives to encourage other households to enhance their efficiency.

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