COP26: Sharma hails ‘major shift in private finance’ as key to success

Newly appointed COP26 president Alok Sharma has said the government will seek to unlock trillions of pounds in green investment by encouraging the entire financial system to align with the Paris Agreement.

Speaking at the launch of the COP26 ‘private finance agenda’ on Thursday evening, Sharma restated a pledge made by his cabinet colleague Michael Gove that the conference will be “the top international priority” for the government.

He set out five priorities for the government: adaptation and resilience, nature-based solutions, the clean energy transition, the shift to clean road transport and “unleashing the finance which will power the shift to a zero-carbon economy”. 

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