As the dust settles on the COP26 discussions in Glasgow, it’s time to assess and reflect on what was – and wasn’t – achieved.
For almost 30 years, governments and policy makers have been meeting at the Conference Of Parties (COP) to try to solve the problem of climate change. In that time, it has gone from a seemingly distant issue to an imminent existential threat.
Paris 2015 was the first major COP event to feel significant to the wider population. There, governments agreed to limit global warming to below two degrees, with an ultimate goal to keep it to 1.5 degrees. To achieve this, countries would adapt to the impacts of a changing climate, and make funds available to deliver on those aims.
Six years on from the Paris Agreement, COP26 felt like a crunch point: it was essential for the assorted countries to make progress and outline a plan that would further limit emissions.
Now that COP26 is over and done with, is the new agreement enough? This podcast explores what happened at Glasgow and what it means for business and the accountancy profession.
Richard Spencer, Director of Sustainability, ICAEW
Episode published: 29 November 2021
Podcast recorded: 25 November 2021
All views expressed on this podcast are those of the contributors and don’t necessarily reflect those of ICAEW or its members. This podcast was recorded during lockdown and followed all social-distancing guidelines.