Ed Miliband – 2021 Comments on COP26 Draft Text

The comments made by Ed Miliband, the Shadow Business Secretary, on 12 November 2021.

It’s clear that the aim of this summit to keep 1.5 alive is in mortal peril.

There has been some welcome progress on strengthening the pathway out of Glasgow in the new draft. But there is still too much ambiguity about the responsibility of all countries to align their targets with 1.5 degrees and important language on keeping fossil fuels in the ground has been watered down.

It is absolutely vital that there is no backsliding, no fudges, and no bending over backwards for the big emitters over the next crucial hours. It is also imperative that the developed world finally delivers the long-promised finance and support for developing countries.

The Government has a vital role to play in fighting for ambition, strength and clarity in the last stages of this summit.