Anomalies remain that challenge net-zero path

Need to be more energy efficient

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Jonathan Maxwell of Sustainable Development Capital
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Jonathan Maxwell of Sustainable Development Capital

In many ways, there are grounds for optimism for COP26.

There are early signs that emissions from energy may be peaking. Renewable power, such as wind and solar, has become more prolific and cheaper, which in turn is challenging or displacing some fossil fuels. To add to this most countries, and many companies, have committed to decarbonise to 'net zero' by 2050 or 2060. As a result the temptation for the UK Government will be to claim COP26 a success before it starts, although the path to net zero remains, in many respects, unclear. We will be reminded that the UK's presidency begins when the COP26 conference ends and there is still...

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