COP26: New draft continues to call for coal exit

Status: 13.11.2021 11:04 a.m.

After an overnight break, the climate conference in Glasgow has been extended. A joint final declaration is in progress. A new draft is available for this, which is causing a lot of criticism.

At the UN climate conference in Glasgow, resolutions with a call to phase out coal and accelerate climate protection measures are emerging.

The new draft of the COP26 framework decision published in the morning continues to call for states to turn away from coal and subsidies for fossil fuels, albeit in a weaker form.

In addition, the new negotiating texts continue to call on the states to review their national climate targets by 2022 instead of by 2025.

The climate summit was extended

The summit was actually supposed to end on Friday evening, but there were disagreements about the final text, which the around 200 participating countries must unanimously resolve at the end of the climate conference. Hours of debate about a possible path to a global coal exit and aid payments to poor countries slowed the conclusion.

In a previous version it was mentioned that all states should accelerate the phase-out of coal. Then the appeal was weakened with the addition “without CO2 capture”. Coal-fired power plants that use technologies to capture climate-damaging carbon dioxide are no longer affected.

In the appeal to the states to stop their subsidies for all fossil fuels, the fact that “inefficient” subsidies are meant was also restricted. This means that the promotion of natural gas infrastructure for a transition phase when switching from coal to renewable energies does not fall under this call. The proposal also restricted the call to states to review their climate protection goals more often than previously planned.

Participants in the climate protection conference are working on the final declaration

Valerie Krall, ARD London, daily news 9:50 a.m., 11/13/2021

Environmental activists criticize softening

Environmentalists were outraged at the slowdown. Oxfam climate expert Jan Kowalzig criticized, for example, that it would be at the discretion of the individual states which subsidies should be meant.

The German Greenpeace boss Martin Kaiser said: “Now the moment has come when Environment Minister Svenja Schulze has to bring the weight of the fourth largest economy into the negotiations.” The loopholes on the subject of coal and subsidies urgently need to be closed. “Otherwise, Glasgow will be a dangerous air act.”

“Not in line with the 1.5 degrees”

The German climate activist Luisa Neubauer also expressed her alarm about the foreseeable resolutions: “None of this corresponds to the time pressure and the humanitarian pressure we are under.”

The environmental protection organization WWF stated that the revised draft moved “backwards in key areas”. The fact that the formulation on fossil energy has not been omitted is “an important signal”, but the restrictions have to be removed again. In addition, the resolution text is “not in line with the 1.5 degrees”.

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