REA comments on the postponing of COP 26

Dr Nina Skorupska CBE FEI, Chief Executive at the REA said:

“Public and individual safety must come first in these unprecedented times, and until that is guaranteed, postponing COP 26 is absolutely the right decision to make.

“We are likely to see a temporary reduction in global emissions because of this crisis, which may buy us some time, but this cannot mean that the UK has a year’s grace period before taking action. Climate change is a public health issue, just like COVID-19 and must be viewed with the same level of urgency in the longer term.

“Going forward, the UK Government must not lose sight of the Net Zero ambition and ensure that a Net Zero strategy and Treasury Test are published in Autumn, making the green energy transition the cornerstone of our financial recovery, and encouraging partnering countries to join us in stepping up their climate ambitions. The effects of which can then be showcased and reviewed at COP 26 next year.”


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The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, and power. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation that represents renewable energy and clean technology companies operating in over fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.

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