The COP26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in Glasgow. COP26 is considered the most important UN climate meeting since Paris in 2015, when nations agreed to the goal of keeping global temperatures at 1.5C above pre-industrial levels by the end of the century. Leaders from around the world across the private and public sectors will gather in Glasgow to discuss working together to build a net zero future.
In our previous article on the promises and problems to be resolved at COP26, we explored the key points relevant to Australia. Since then, the Federal Government has released Australia’s Long-Term Emissions Reduction Plan*, a technology-driven plan by which the government commits to reduce greenhouse gas emissions:
- by up to 35% below 2005 levels by 2030; and
- to reach net zero by 2050.
*A summary of the Plan can be found here: ‘The Plan to Deliver Net Zero: The Australian Way’
With this Plan hot off the press, the world will be closely watching the international stage during the conference and we will be providing an update on the outcomes in its wake.
Over the next two weeks, we will release daily updates on the key events and outcomes at COP26.
Each day of the conference is scheduled to focus on a different theme, beginning with finance and energy before moving to youth and public empowerment, science and infrastructure:
- Day 1 and 2 – Monday 1 November and Tuesday 2 November: World Leaders’ Summit will begin, a two-day event which will include statements on the need to tackle climate change from various heads of state. Government leaders will be invited to put forward their proposals on limiting carbon emissions and keeping the 1.5C warming target within reach.
- Day 3 – Wednesday 3 November: ‘Finance: Mobilising public and private finance flows at scale for mitigation and adaptation’, focusing on the financial and economic aspects of climate policy. The morning event will be led by Mark Carney, UN Special Envoy and the UK Prime Minister’s Finance Advisor for COP26.
- Day 4 – Thursday 4 November: ‘Energy: Accelerating the global transition to clean energy’, including the transition away from coal power, scaling up clean power and increasing energy efficiency.
- Day 5 – Friday 5 November: ‘Youth and public empowerment’, providing a voice to young people at the conference.
- Day 6 – Saturday 6 November: ‘Nature: Ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use are part of global action on climate change and a clean, green recovery’.
- Day 7 – Sunday 7 November: Rest day.
- Day 8 – Monday 8 November: ‘Adaptation, loss and damage: Delivering the practical solutions needed to adapt to climate impact and address loss and damage’.
- Day 9 – Tuesday 9 November: The first event will be ‘Gender: Progressing gender equality and the full and meaningful participation of women and girls in climate action’. The second will be ‘Science and innovation: Demonstrating that research and technology can deliver climate solutions to meet, and accelerate, increased ambition’.
- Day 10 – Wednesday 10 November: ‘Transport: Driving the global transition to zero emission transport’.
- Day 11: Thursday 11 November: ‘Cities, Regions and Built Environment: Advancing action in the places we live, from communities, through to cities and regions’.
- Day 12: Friday 12 November: The conference will close.