Canada joins over 40 countries at Pre-COP ahead of November COP26 Global Summit

As members may be aware, the United Kingdom will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow, Scotland on October 31 – November 12, 2021.

Last week, Canada joined dozens of countries in Milan, Italy to prepare for November’s global summit.  The Pre-COP brings together a select group of climate and energy ministers to discuss key issues and to shape the negotiations ahead of the summit.  At the meeting, leaders from around the world discussed the ongoing challenges of responding to climate change, implementing the goals of the Paris Agreement, and strategies and mechanisms to assist developing countries.

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkson stated that the “Pre-COP meeting was a valuable opportunity for Canada to participate in meaningful face-to-face discussions and work with partners to build momentum and set the conditions needed for successful outcomes in Glasgow.”

In November, over 190 countries will convene in Glasgow at COP26 to negotiate more ambitious emissions reductions targets, discuss strategies to better protect the environment, and mechanisms to finance the fight against climate change.  

According to the COP26 briefing document, “countries are being asked to come forward with ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets” to realize net zero by mid-century. To achieve this, “countries will need to accelerate the phase-out of coal, encourage investment in renewables, curtail deforestation and speed up the switch to electric vehicles.”

Climate and energy ministers will “work together to enable and encourage countries affected by climate change to protect and restore ecosystems, build defences, put warning systems in place and make infrastructure and agriculture more resilient to avoid loss of homes, livelihoods and lives.”

Last, in order to achieve net zero by mid-century and shore up our defences against the impacts of accelerating climate change, particularly on developing countries, COP26 will encourage developed countries to “deliver on their promise to raise at least $100b in climate finance per year.”

Achieving these goals will require a collaborative effort on the part of governments, international financial institutions, private and public sector actors, and industry experts.

The HVACR industry will increasingly play a leading role in these efforts through continual technological innovation, bringing more energy efficient products to market, leading decarbonization efforts, and providing expert advice to government actors on how Canada can realize its ambitious climate change goals.

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