COP27: trust is key to mobilising trillions needed to reduce emissions


Wealthy countries must build trust at COP27 by honouring pledged climate finance and mobilising trillions needed to build resilience and reduce emissions.

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) urges wealthy countries to meet their obligations under the Paris Agreement to deliver agreed climate finance and mobilise further funds to support decarbonisation and adaptation of economically poorer countries

The Institute has released a set of detailed asks collated from its work with leading businesses and financial institutions across climate change and nature regeneration, and business sustainability. The analysis also highlights the role of the private sector in reducing emissions and supporting country adaptation to a changing climate.

 “We have entered a time of interlinked and converging polycrises,” Clare Shine, ceo and director of CISL said: “The consequences of acting too slowly for climate and nature are impacting every continent and threaten human security. Climate-related catastrophes are now frequent and ferocious, with millions of people losing their homes, family units and communities, and livelihoods. Too many have already lost their lives.

“If wealthy countries were trying to look away before, the setting for this year’s COP – bordering the hunger crisis in East Africa, and with the Russian invasion of Ukraine affecting Egyptian food security – puts the realities of climate and conflict risks squarely in the frame. Nowhere on the planet feels the impact of climate change more than Africa. It is time to rebuild trust between those nations most responsible for climate change and those whose people and economies are most vulnerable.”

CISL’s COP27 Briefing outlines a set of five key asks across energy, adaptation, ambition, finance, and nature that leading businesses believe governments could deliver to collaboratively accelerate real-world action on the dual climate and nature crises and ensure people are centred in the transformation to net zero economies. The paper also explores why more and more businesses are motivated to act on the climate agenda.

The new report calls on governments meeting at this year’s COP27 climate summit to deliver clear progress across the following key themes:

Finance: Mobilise capital to meet the trillions of dollars that economically poorer countries need to decarbonise and build climate resilience;

Adaptation: Ensure we protect everyone and everywhere from the impacts of a changing climate;

Ambition: Close the ambition and implementation gaps by setting strong targets and establishing the right policies and actions to reach them;

Energy: Accelerate the shift to renewables and scale up measures to reduce energy demand through multilateral collaboration;

Nature: Set the bar for meaningful action to jointly address the climate and nature crises: achieving net zero while also protecting and restoring nature.

Eliot Whittington, director of policy, CISL said: “The world is facing a crucial moment to develop and implement the plans and policies needed to address the multiple crises we face relating to climate change, biodiversity loss, energy and food security, and related global cost of living increase. We cannot tackle any of these in isolation and we cannot allow cyclical crises to distract us from the transition to net zero”

There has been significant progress on the energy transition with renewable capacity expected to be up 60 percent on 2020 levels by the middle of this decade, with leaders across the world increasingly turning to renewables to guarantee cheaper, cleaner, and more secure power for their populations. The US’s Inflation Reduction Act paves the way for the country to tackle rising energy insecurity and cost contribution to inflation, while cutting emissions. Businesses are also stepping up, with more than 8,300 businesses now signed up to the UN Race to Zero campaign—a 60% increase since COP26. A recent YouGov poll commissioned by CISL indicated a strong business appetite for net zero regulation.

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