The final agreement with the UN climate conference COP26 has been accepted. The document with amendments was approved by representatives of almost 200 countries. The conclusion includes, for the first time, a commitment by states to move away from fossil fuels, including coal.
Changing the content of the climate agreement it was proposed at the last minute to deal with the phasing out of coal. The decision sparked complaints from countries particularly vulnerable to the effects of climate change. They demanded more specific declarations on ending the financing of fossil fuels, but finally agreed to an agreement. The adopted version speaks of a milder approach to this issue.
The withdrawal from coal is a moot point
India – whose energy needs depend heavily on coal for abundance – has proposed a revision to the text of the final declaration, following a dispute with China over a reduction in subsidies to coal and fossil fuels and the issue of presenting new climate targets by next year.
The adopted more ambitious climate goals are to accelerate actions to mitigate the effects of climate change, but they lack provisions on co-financing the poorest countries, where the effects of global warming will be the most serious, and in many cases are already felt.
The conclusion of the final document includes for the first time a state commitment to move away from fossil fuels, including coal.
COP26. “Approved texts are a compromise”
European Commission Vice-President and Climate Commissioner Frans Timmermans said that “the conclusions of the summit’s final agreement will help us get rid of carbon”.
The UN Secretary General, Antonio Guterres, pointed out that “the approved texts are a compromise”. “They reflect the interests, conditions, contradictions and the state of political will in the world today,” he said.
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