The COP 26 summit, hosted by the UK, in partnership with Italy on 1-12 November 2021, will bring together 197 countries to accelerate action towards combating climate change by stabilising emissions of greenhouse gases.
The US climate envoy, John Kerry, describes the summit as "the last best chance to avert environmental disaster. The themes and related topics for COP26 include Adaptation and Resilience, Nature, Energy Transition, Clean Rod Transport and Finance and the Future of Cities. Climate change and the transition to a low carbon economy are top of the political agenda, but these issues also present a range of challenges for businesses. We are helping our clients to future-proof their businesses and identify the risks and opportunities presented by COP26.
With COP26 (the United Nations climate change talks) fast approaching, the U.S. has announced its new Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement, pledging to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50-52% below 2005 levels by 2030. The announcement was made at the President Biden's Leaders Summit on Climate, a virtual gathering of world leaders and representatives of civil society and the private sector, aimed at raising global ambition on climate action. The new NDC, along with a bundle of climate-focused government policies announced this week, are the Biden Administration’s latest efforts to reestablish the U.S. as a global leader on climate in the aftermath of the country’s official withdrawal from the Paris Agreement under the Trump Administration. With the U.S having rejoined the Paris Agreement in February 2021, the announcements are a crucial step in rebuilding America's credibility on climate. Read more about What the latest Paris Agreement commitments mean for U.S. climate policy.
During his campaign to be elected as President of the United States, Joe Biden set out an ambitious climate plan which, among other things, calls for a goal of net-zero emissions in the U.S. by 2050 and actively combating climate change. Below, we have outlined the implications of the Climate Plan for the U.S. and the international community under the new Biden-Harris Administration. Read more about the implications of President Biden's plan to combat climate change.
The European Commission has published its proposed 'European climate law' setting a binding EU target of net zero greenhouse emissions by 2050. The proposal also provides for the Commission to review its current 2030 climate targets and includes a controversial power allowing the Commission to set a trajectory for emissions reductions from 2030 to 2050. This law will entail the strengthening of renewable energy, energy efficiency and interconnection targets and will lead to the introduction of more stringent measures at EU and national level designed to cut emissions. This briefing considers the detail of the proposal. Read more about the European Commission proposes Net Zero Climate Law.
The UK Government has announced a new target to reduce the UK's greenhouse gas emissions by at least 68% (up from 53%) by 2030 compared to 1990 levels. The new target would be incorporated into the UK's forthcoming revised Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) under the Paris Climate Agreement. This target reflects the independent Climate Change Committee's advice on net zero. However, in line with NDC practice this target does not include emissions from international aviation and shipping. The Government has confirmed its intention that achievement of targets under the revised NDC would be met by domestic action in the UK, and not through use of international credits. Read more about how the UK Sets Ambitious New 2030 Climate Target Ahead of UN Summit.