At Energy Saving Trust, we are now working on the basis that we have around five years before it will be too late to decisively change the trajectory of carbon emissions and keep the rise in global temperatures well below the 2°C Paris Agreement target – and ideally to 1.5°C – with all the consequences missing this target would bring.
The pandemic has shown we can make huge changes when we have to. Ahead of COP26, the next few months offer the opportunity for a green recovery from Covid-19, in which the UK and the rest of the world commit and invest to decisively move national and global economies onto a pathway to net zero carbon emissions.
With 100 days to go until COP26, Mike Thornton, CEO of Energy Saving Trust, said: “We encourage the UK and the rest of the world to recommit to and invest more greatly in addressing the climate emergency, to help reach our goal of living in a net zero society. We must act now to decisively change the trajectory of global carbon emissions and keep the rise in temperatures well below the 2°C Paris Agreement target – and ideally to 1.5°C.
“Greener homes, low carbon travel, and green finance are crucial areas needing focus, both here in the UK and internationally. While excellent progress has been made, much more can and must be done. We support the UK Government’s ambitions in these areas now and beyond COP26.”