COP26 Live: Glasgow is bringing the planet closer to Paris Agreement, IEA’s Birol says

Glasgow is bringing the planet closer to the Paris Agreement.

That’s the suggestion from Dr Fatih Birol, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency who spoke at the last big event of the Energy Day at COP26 hosted by the Powering Past Coal Alliance: “We have heard pledges one after another. Countries committing to net zero. Also at COP, we have seen India and some other countries make commitments.

“Plus, a very important commitment of countries to reduce methane emissions. So, what is the news, news is the following. I asked my colleagues in Paris to calculate if all these pledges were implemented, including the methane emissions pledge, what is the temperature increase the world would experience.

“The answer is the following if all these pledges were implemented the temperature increase would be limited to 1.8°C. I think this is a very well celebrated achievement.”

Following Mr Birol’s announcement, Selwin Hart, Special Adviser and Assistant Secretary-General for Climate Action at United Nations said that people can not celebrate before we make these pledges happen.

Mr Hart urged all G20 countries to phase out coal, by 2030 in the OECD and by 2040 everywhere.

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