Despite a last-minute watering down due to Chinese and Indian protests, COP26 still closed with commitments to phase down coal and rapidly deploy renewable energy generators.
The UK has released the Presidency programme for the upcoming COP26 summit in Glasgow, with a day dedicated to energy.
The UK government has brought forward the ban on the use of unabated coal by a year, so that from 1 October 2024, Britain will no longer use coal within its energy system.
COP26 president-designate and ex-energy secretary Alok Sharma has called for an end of international coal finance in a speech marking six months till the international climate conference.
Kwasi Kwarteng has been appointed Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in a mini-shuffle.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson has committed to cutting the UK’s emissions by at least 68% by 2030.
A UK reduction in territorial emissions of at least 68% as part of its nationally determined contribution (NDC) has been recommended by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC).
The UK Government has again failed to publish the Energy White Paper, pushing back the deadline again.
Energy secretary Alok Sharma has said the energy white paper will “hopefully” be published this autumn.