Thanks to Gus Woody for permission to adapt and share this brief summary of outcomes from the Glasgow COP
The run up – C19 and access
- Delegate passes – limited, for the rich
- Covid Red list restricted access from global south – borders and racism made this the least accessible COP for a long time
- The ‘Leaders Summit’ at the start is new at COP – performance art rather than substance
- There had only been one formal ‘Leaders’ meeting since Madrid 2019, all others informal
The run up – NDCs and the framework
- Ratchet mechanism – Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)
- Most nations submitted new NDCs in advance of COP26.
- Around 40 nations did not submit.
- Next round of NDCs covers the 2030s so this was effectively the last chance for setting policy on emissions reductions prior to 2030M
Major Policy Outcomes
- Glasgow Climate Pact – this was a new development
- Requests review by end of 2022. Australia has already announced that it won’t do this.
- Requests greater adaptation, climate, and loss and damage finance.
- Requests coal phasedown.
- Various other features.
- Article 6 finally agreed – system of carbon markets and other forms of cooperation (6 years late). Major issues remain on how emissions are counted and attributed.
- Similarly, finally agreed transparency rules.
Climate Colonialism continues
- Refusal to agree a Loss and Damage Facility. Refusal to therefore plan for climate impacts on the Global South.
- Failure to even cough up $100bn promised to developing countries. (Serco Test and Trace £37bn ~ $50bn). African group suggest $1.3tr.
- Adaptation, similar failure, calls to double finance in Glasgow Pact, but from low base. ($40bn in 2025)Warming Amounts
‘Current policies in place today will lead to a best-estimate of around 2.6C to 2.7C warming by 2100 (with an uncertainty range of around 2C-3.6C). If countries meet both conditional and unconditional nationally determined contributions (NDCs) for the near-term target of 2030, projected warming by 2100 falls to 2.4C (1.8C-3.3C).’ Carbon Brief
- Not enough, money and fossil fuels absent.
- Climate colonialism and imperialism continues.
- Too much faith in tech and markets.
- COP increasingly spectacular, inaccessible, and uneven.
Signs of life
- The COP26 Marches centred calls for reparations and involved trade unionists.
- Life outside COP26
- Neurath Coal Plant – Blockaded 5th November
- Lützerath Opencast Coal mine – Invaded by hundreds on 31st October/1st November
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Concise and very helpful