About: COP 26

COP26 – Can it be a game-changer?

Climate change remains an imminent threat at the core of many discussions between heads of state, industry and civil society. These stakeholders see recovery from the COVID-19 crisis as an opportunity to build back better by creating greener and more sustainable economies.

Climate protestors take to Brussels streets ahead of COP26 climate summit

Tens of thousands of protestors marched through Brussels on Sunday (10 October). They called for more ambition at the COP26 climate summit, due to be held in Glasgow in November.  
Climate change 12-10-2021

Two dozen countries announce commitment to EU-US global methane pledge

As political support grows to place methane emissions reduction at the top of the global agenda, 24 additional countries agreed on Monday (11 October) to sign the EU-US-led Global Methane Pledge ahead of the UN climate summit in Glasgow.
Energy 04-10-2021

Energy price crunch risks derailing UN climate talks, Iberdrola warns

The current hike in energy prices is threatening to overshadow the COP26 climate summit this November as countries scramble to tackle the rising costs of electricity, oil and gas, warned a senior executive at Spanish power firm Iberdrola.

EU lawmakers call for binding measures to slash methane emissions

Lawmakers urged the European Commission on Tuesday (28 September) to propose binding measures and targets to reduce methane emissions by 2030.
Climate change 22-09-2021

Developing nations welcome US climate finance pledge but warn more is needed

Developing countries and campaigners welcomed the offer of increased climate finance from the US president, Joe Biden, at the UN on Tuesday (21 September), but warned that rich countries needed to do more to ensure the poorest received the assistance they need. EURACTIV's media partner, The Guardian, reports.
Agrifood 18-09-2021

Time to tip our food systems towards a sustainable and equitable future

By finding well targeted 'tipping points', a sustainable, resilient, and more equitable world food system can still be created, argue Simon Sharpe and Tim Lenton.
Climate change 15-09-2021

US needs to step up on climate finance ahead of COP26, says EU chief

The United States and other rich nations need to close the climate financing gap in order to increase the chances of success at the COP26 UN climate summit in November, the President of the European Commission has said.

Europe fiddles while forests burn

The European Commission's approach to using forest wood for energy could prove a faux pas ahead of the COP26 UN climate summit in November, a dangerous move which contradicts the findings of the EU executive's own research department, writes Peg Putt.  
Climate change 18-06-2021

Climate finance remains a stumbling block on way to COP26

As world leaders prepare for the COP26 climate summit hosted by the UK in November, international finance to help poorer countries tackle climate change remains a key barrier – and the recent summit between the world's seven richest nations did not bring a solution.

The Green Brief: International summit blues

After a flurry of summits, little has actually been achieved in increasing climate ambition. But the conversations behind closed doors will be the clincher as the world looks ahead to COP 26 and beyond.
EU-China 31-05-2021

Europe calls for more ambitious climate policies ahead of COP26

The world has made good progress on targets to reach net zero emissions, but now it must match those goals with policies, a senior EU official has said.
Climate change 25-03-2021

This decade should be ‘Roaring Twenties of climate action’, von der Leyen says

Europe has the opportunity to lead the global shift towards net-zero emissions and reap the rewards of the green transformation, said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen at an event on Wednesday (24 March).
Climate change 26-02-2021

Climate pledges for 2030 put world far off 1.5C goal, UN warns

Updated plans to reduce emissions, submitted so far by about 75 nations ahead of November's COP26 summit, barely make a dent in the huge cuts needed to meet global climate goals, the UN climate chief said on Friday (26 February), calling for redoubled efforts.
Climate change 18-01-2021

EU should set a joint and ambitious standard for climate finance

As COP 26 approaches, the EU needs to adopt a joint and ambitious approach to climate finance to ensure that EU countries stand by their financial commitments under the Paris Agreement, writes Mattias Söderberg and Conor O'Neill.
Energy 03-12-2020

UK announces 68% emissions goal by 2030 ahead of UN summit

The UK announced a new greenhouse gas emissions reduction target of at least 68% by 2030 compared to 1990 levels on Thursday (3 December), one week before the country will co-host a UN summit on the fifth anniversary of the Paris Agreement.

The EU Climate Law explained

The European Commission tabled its much-awaited Climate Law in March this year, in a bid to carve into stone Europe’s objective of becoming the first climate-neutral continent in the world by 2050. EURACTIV explains what the Climate Law does, how it works and what its criticisms are.
Transport 04-02-2020

UK plans to bring forward ban on new petrol and diesel cars

Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2035, five years earlier than previously planned, Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday (3 February) as he launches a major UN climate summit due to take place in Glasgow in November.