November 1, 2021
In 2019, the Conference of the Parties (COP), the global decision-making body of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), was last held in Madrid. World leaders gathered to continue to plot an actionable plan for battling intensifying climate change. This gathering was laden with acrimony between leaders over commitment to tackle levels of greenhouse gases (GHG). Failure to reach consensus resulted in a debunked conference.
Hopes have been high for the COP26 gathering in Glasgow November 1-12 where nations will need to upgrade their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) for the first time since the ratification of the Paris Accords in 2015. However, we’re seeing signs that some key countries are perhaps not doing enough.
The overarching goal in Glasgow and successive COP conferences is to leave a positive environmental legacy for our children and grandchildren and for posterity. There are four main goals at this conference:
Indeed, energy efficiency, too, has its rightful place on the COP26 agenda by promoting organizations and countries to join the IEA’s Super-efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment initiative and the EP100 initiative. It is clear that top COP26 leadership views energy efficiency as a cardinal component in battling climate change. At the 2020 IEA virtual summit, "Clean Energy Transitions," in his speech COP26 President Alok Sharma said "...we must not forget that in every sector, energy efficiency can save costs, cut emissions, and raise productivity."
Why are hopes mixed for a better outcome from this conference than the Madrid COP?
Let us hope that this time world leaders will act on what is demanded of civilization to secure a better, more secure future for generations to come.