Climate Change Convention

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 21st October 2019.

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Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

The world is not on track to meet the targets set by the Paris Agreement in 2015 of limiting average global temperature increase to well below 2 degrees and pursuing efforts for 1.5 degrees. 2020 is a critical moment, five years on from Paris to raise ambition.

Through COP26, we will build on momentum from the recent UN Climate Action Summit, and upcoming COP25 in Chile.

Specifically, we will seek to push the highest possible ambition, through new or updated nationally determined contributions in advance of COP26; and commitments from countries, regions, businesses that set a course for net zero by 2050.

We will seek to drive ambitious action in areas with the highest potential for transformational change, building on areas of UK strength. Decisions on priority themes will be made in due course.

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