COP 26 presents a huge opportunity for the UK to show leadership internationally in secure commitments from countries to review their progress against existing pledges and commit to do much more. I will continue to call on the UK Government to use their presidency of COP 26 to advocate for similar meaningful domestic climate action that will support my ambition for London to be a zero carbon city.
I am currently exploring the most relevant ways that London can be involved in COP 26. My focus will be on working with partners, both internationally and within the UK, to emphasise the role cities are playing in tackling the climate emergency and to highlight the action that government should take to devolve the funding and powers city leaders need to take the ambitious action they are keen to implement. COP 26 will also be an important moment for London to demonstrate our global leadership on climate change and the implementation of actions we are undertaking, in line with the Paris Agreement. To support this, I am in ongoing conversations with the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group to explore opportunities for London to play a leading role in their planned activity ahead of and during the Summit.
I will communicate further details and my plans for London’s role in COP 26 later this year.