COP26 

News, comment and analysis on the 26th session of the Conference of the Parties.

Glasgow will host 30,000 delegates in November for UN climate talks, billed as the most significant since the Paris agreement was signed in the French capital in 2015.


Environmental Politics

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

Emissions reduction: Everything you need to know about NDCs

Nationally determined contributions, like the UK’s new 68% emissions reduction commitment, are at the heart of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. Here’s what you need to know

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Environmental Politics

Boris Johnson’s 68% emissions reduction target ‘only part of the equation’

The UK’s plan to achieve a 68% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, among the most ambitious targets in the world, should drive diplomatic efforts ahead of COP26. But it must be accompanied swiftly by the equally ambitious policies needed to deliver it, say experts and the government’s own auditors

Environmental Politics

Government climate advisers recommend 68% carbon cut by 2030

Reducing the UK’s annual contribution to climate change by 68% compared to 1990 by 2030 would be a 'decisive commitment to a net zero emissions trajectory', according to the Climate Change Committee

Environmental Politics

Sharma ‘should quit COP26 presidency’

Business secretary Alok Sharma is too overloaded with responding to the pandemic, Brexit and decarbonising the UK to also host the forthcoming COP26 talks in Glasgow, according to former climate minister Amber Rudd and others

Environmental Politics

Government 'mulls radical increase in 2030 climate goal'

The government is considering increasing its medium-term target for greenhouse emissions reduction by half, in what would be one of the most radical climate policies in the world, according to reports

Environmental Politics

‘Wing it with a few press releases’: Johnson’s COP26 preparations slammed

A former minister, who was appointed to head COP26 before being abruptly sacked, has told a cross-party group of MPs that Boris Johnson and his team took the view that they could 'wing' preparations for the global climate summit with 'a few press releases'

Energy

Johnson’s 10-point Green Industrial Revolution plan: Everything you need to know

Prime minister Boris Johnson’s highly anticipated 10-point plan for a Green Industrial Revolution aims to put the UK on course for net zero emissions by 2050 and position the country as a world leader on climate change action ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow next year. But does it deliver? Here’s what you need to know

Analysis

Regulation

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

Should regulation underpin Johnson’s 10-point plan?

The government will need to find the right combination of policy, financing and regulation to make its green industrial revolution a success, finds Catherine Early

Land, Ecology & Development

'National embarrassment': Will COP26 strengthen the government's resolve on peat?

One year after the Tories pledged to ban the deliberate burning of blanket bog, no such ban has been forthcoming and its long-awaited peat strategy remains unpublished. As it prepares to host next year's global climate talks, can the government get the UK's peat plans back on track?

Global negotiations

Who is the new COP president Alok Sharma?

A surprise choice to lead the crucial UN climate talks in November, business secretary Alok Sharma previously served as international development secretary. ENDS takes you through what you need to know

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Environmental Politics

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

‘No rules are better than bad rules’: Why COP25 ended in deadlock

The international climate conference achieved little this year, with carbon markets decisions deferred to the 2020 summit in Glasgow. Isabella Kaminski looks at what stymied the critical talks

Brexit Hub Environmental Law

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

43 things you need to know about the Environment Bill

The Environment Bill has returned to parliament with new powers on plastic waste and a requirement for ministers to review and report on international green law. Here's what you need to know about what's new and what has been retained

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