This week, the Foreign Affairs Committee shared in a new report that it may be impossible to limit the rise in temperatures if the COP26 summit fails, with “little detail” on goals being set out in the UK.
COP26 was described in the report, known as the “Climate For Ambition: Diplomatic Preparations for COP26”, as the most significant UN summit since the Paris Agreements negotiation in 2015 on climate change, and is to be held in Glasgow in November of this year.
Glasgow is expecting to see a historic gathering of the UK’s heads of state next month, alongside climate experts and campaigners. All are calling for new plans on how best to tackle global warming.
The report welcomes the government’s objectives for its presidency at COP24 but urges them not forget their responsibility in tackling this immense problem; The committee also reiterated an earlier warning that it may become “impossible” to limit the average rise in Earth’s temperatures if this COP26 fails.
The UK will stop financing overseas fossil fuel projects and has the potential to lead overwhelming results for positive change. This week, Delivering strong resilience and debt relief packages was key to a successful COP26. Various experts called on G7 countries at this year’s Climate Ministerial Summit in London. The same day the UK announced that it would be stopping finance of these types of project which had been long overdue already – all with an aim to protect our planet from future catastrophe.
The UK has a strong history for innovation in the green energy industry, but it’s still not enough to make up for lost fossil fuel jobs.
Renewable energies have been good news and bad news over here at home. On one hand they are making strides forward while overseas markets continue their decline largely due to our own country’s policies; on the other we’ve seen an increase of unemployed people that were once supported by these industries before going bankrupt or moving elsewhere with more opportunities available
On March 24th of this year, the UK government pledged that highly skilled oil and gas workers will not be left behind in a low-carbon future, and it is becoming clear they are committed to investing in their people. The union supports this initiative as well.
The agreement between the European Union and United Kingdom will generate 60 million tonnes of pollution reduction by 2030, with 15 million tonnes coming from oil production in UK continental shelf. The deal also supports 40,000 jobs across supply chain while paving way for new industrial sectors to come into play. New opportunities are created through lowering carbon emissions as well as gaining higher value job stability in the long term.
The UK has long been a leading innovator of hydrogen technologies, and now it will be able to produce even more.
The new manufacturing opportunities created by the H2 Refueling Infrastructure Investment Fund have opened up great prospects for both domestic green jobs as well as international business growth across Europe and beyond.