SPECIAL REPORT

GLASGOW 2021

Glasgow 2021

November 23, 2021

A standards-writing group for voluntary carbon markets is applauding the international trading rules produced at the Glasgow climate talks, saying they reaffirm that voluntary trading programs continue to remain outside the scope of countries’ obligations to achieve emission cuts in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement.

November 18, 2021

Environmental and business groups are broadly praising final carbon market rules inked at last week’s Glasgow climate summit that are aimed at ensuring integrity of such markets, even as some are pledging further scrutiny of countries that rely on language allowing years-old credits to be used toward current emissions goals.

November 15, 2021

Lawmakers, environmentalists, and others are urging congressional Democrats to enact their long-pending climate legislation to help translate the just-concluded Glasgow climate deal into concrete carbon emissions cuts domestically and abroad, and to bolster pressure on China and others to make and fulfill stronger climate pledges.

November 14, 2021

Biden administration officials, environmentalists and others say the final Glasgow agreement is a starting point that formally keeps alive efforts to limit dangerous climate change but depends almost entirely on future implementation and still unrealized concrete emissions reduction actions by individual nations.

November 12, 2021

Glasgow climate negotiators appear unlikely to meet a Nov. 12 deadline for securing a deal, but experts are optimistic about an agreement after a new draft “decision” increased focus on topics important to developing countries while also easing earlier calls to phase out coal use and fossil fuel subsidies and revisit emissions targets.

November 11, 2021

Key negotiators are now saying that the success of the ongoing Glasgow climate conference should be judged on whether countries agree to come back with tougher greenhouse gas targets over the next year to “keep alive” the Paris Agreement’s temperature goals, amid widespread findings that goals submitted this year have fallen short.

November 11, 2021

Ken Alex, a University of California-Berkeley climate expert and former senior policy advisor to former California Gov. Jerry Brown (D), says it is critical that any agreements between countries at the COP26 climate change conference include robust new requirements for accurate and transparent greenhouse gas emissions reporting.

November 10, 2021

The Biden administration has declined to join pledges by several countries, companies and subnational governments backing specific deadlines for phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles in favor of electrified cars and trucks, even as officials tout nearer-term electrification and company goals for doing so.

November 10, 2021

The United States and China in a surprise joint statement at the Glasgow climate summit are pledging to deepen their “cooperation” on climate mitigation policies in the coming months and years, creating a working group and taking other steps that the two sides hope will enable more ambitious greenhouse gas reduction targets in the future.

November 10, 2021

Draft “decisions” from the ongoing Glasgow climate summit that would, for the first time, press countries to speed a phaseout of coal use and fossil fuel subsidies, while also pressing them to offer stronger greenhouse gas targets by the end of next year are winning initial praise from environmentalists.

November 10, 2021

The organizers of the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, have released new draft “decisions” from the conference, including first-time language urging countries to phase out coal and fossil fuel subsidies, and to strengthen their greenhouse gas targets by the end of next year.

November 9, 2021

EPA is touting plans to work with key international trading partners, as well as industry and environmental groups, to combat illegal trafficking of climate-warming hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) as the agency ramps up implementation of its new program to sharply phase down the chemicals.

November 9, 2021

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee (D) and other Democratic governors are highlighting the unique abilities of state and local governments to take significant albeit limited steps to address climate change even as the Biden administration is facing doubts about its ability to meet its Glasgow GHG commitments in the face of legal and political uncertainties.

November 8, 2021

Even as Democrats continue to negotiate party-line spending legislation with major climate-related investments, a bipartisan Senate delegation at the Glasgow climate talks is heaping praise on a December 2020 energy policy law by arguing it is a key step to enduring federal climate policy.

November 8, 2021

As the Glasgow climate summit begins its final week, a recently released initial draft of the conference’s formal “decision” suggests negotiators have a long way to go on a range of issues if they are able to reach a final agreement by the end of the meeting.

November 8, 2021

Former President Barack Obama, attending his first international climate summit in Glasgow since he helped forge the Paris Agreement in 2015, touted “hard-won commitments” at this year’s event but acknowledged such progress is “partial” and that many countries must raise their ambition to reduce climate-warming emissions.

November 5, 2021

U.S. officials and other negotiators at the Glasgow climate talks have zeroed in on several flashpoints ahead of the scheduled Nov. 12 close of the summit, including rules governing international carbon trading, a push for countries to strengthen their near-term greenhouse gas targets and the linked issue of financial aid for poorer countries’ climate efforts.

November 4, 2021

The United States is joining 20 other countries at the ongoing Glasgow climate summit in pledging to halt public financing for “unabated” coal power projects by the end of 2022, though the Biden administration, as well as Chinese officials, declined to join a separate group of nearly two dozen countries promising to phase out domestic use of coal power.

November 3, 2021

Biden administration officials, environmentalists and others at the ongoing Glasgow climate summit are raising pressure on some major economies to commit to offering tougher near-term greenhouse gas targets potentially before an official “stock take” of collective progress toward achieving the Paris Agreement’s goals slated for 2023.

November 3, 2021

The Biden administration is creating a new federal inter-agency group to bolster efforts by state and local governments to cut greenhouse gas emissions and adapt to climate change, part of the administration’s broader push to emphasize non-federal action as central to reaching climate targets.

November 3, 2021

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards (D), who leads a major oil-producing state, is stressing the benefits of transitioning to a clean energy economy through renewables and technologies such as carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) and green hydrogen even in a state as historically reliant on the fossil fuel industry as his.

November 3, 2021

California officials are using the climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, to tout the state’s climate change policies and regulations as models for other states and countries, while emphasizing the importance of environmental justice during the transition to a clean energy economy.

November 2, 2021

President Joe Biden, who has sought to re-establish U.S. credibility on climate, is blasting the decisions by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Russian President Vladimir Putin to skip the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, arguing those are mistakes that will cost them credibility on the world stage.

November 2, 2021

The formal launch of an international target to cut methane emissions by 30 percent over the next decade is providing additional motivation for the Biden administration to implement its new multi-agency plan to slash emissions of the potent greenhouse gas.

November 2, 2021

EPA is announcing long-awaited proposed rules to strengthen methane limits for new and existing oil and gas equipment, with Biden administration officials unveiling the measures as part of a broader, multi-agency methane “action plan” during the ongoing international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

November 1, 2021

The Biden administration’s just-released “long-term strategy” to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 concludes that doing so will require a heavy lift in multiple economic sectors, even though emissions reductions in the electricity sector are particularly critical.

November 1, 2021

Renewable fuel groups are seizing on the United Nations climate summit beginning in Scotland this week to renew their push for the Biden administration to expand its support for increased biofuels use to quickly reduce greenhouse gases, though the sector faces long odds as the administration does not appear likely to back their efforts.

November 1, 2021

Environmentalists are praising the United States’ and European Union’s recently announced plan for factoring in the carbon content of aluminum and steel in a trade agreement, saying it could be the basis for global carbon border adjustments that are crucial to decarbonizing energy-intensive industries and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

November 1, 2021

Expectations were already relatively low for the climate summit that just opened in Glasgow, Scotland, though ongoing uncertainty about whether congressional Democrats can seal the deal on major climate legislation, coupled with underwhelming new commitments from China and other large emitters, is casting a further shadow on the talks.

November 1, 2021

As the international climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, gets underway, White House officials are releasing a “long-term strategy” for reaching net-zero emissions by mid-century, arguing that the Biden administration’s 2030 greenhouse gas target would put the U.S. “firmly on track” to hit their net-zero target.

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October 2021

Climate change advocates are pressing governments and utilities across the globe to drastically reduce the share of coal-fired electricity, arguing the step is one of the most critical out of dozens of market shifts that must occur to meet long-term global warming targets.

Advocates for widespread commercialization of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) technologies say an agreement on so-called Article 6 rules for emissions trading at the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, would be a major breakthrough for carbon markets that could spur key investment in CCS.

As a major international climate summit looms and President Joe Biden’s agenda hangs in the balance, EPA Administrator Michael Regan is promising the agency will implement a “very aggressive agenda” on climate policy and environmental justice, regardless of what climate action Congress ultimately approves.

The significance of the United Nations climate talks kicking off next week in Glasgow, Scotland, will focus as much on the non-official aspects of the two-week summit in addition to the press for countries to offer tougher carbon reduction targets under the Paris climate deal and hammer out rules for international emissions trading.

The international climate talks that begin next week in Glasgow, Scotland, are providing a forum for companies facing regulatory and investor pressure to tout individual climate change initiatives, even as they also seek government actions that would lower the cost of -- and barriers to -- emissions cuts.

An Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) climate change expert based in California will be emphasizing the need to bolster state and other “sub-national” efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, as officials gather starting next week for the highly anticipated United Nations climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland.

Key experts say Biden officials at the upcoming Glasgow climate summit must show “credibility” on their promised actions -- in the form of EPA rules, new legislation and other measures -- if they are to eventually secure more ambitious pledges from other major emitters and successfully implement a landmark 2015 global agreement.

Observers are expecting next month’s international climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, to serve as a venue for highlighting new and existing commitments by automakers and governments toward decarbonizing transportation, building on already-announced goals for electrifying both passenger vehicles and heavy trucks.

Even as most experts are closely watching the extent to which next month’s international climate talks will usher in new pledges from countries to curb carbon emissions, many industry groups are also tracking whether negotiators can nail down long-pending rules to facilitate international carbon trading.

White House officials are touting their just-released climate finance roadmap to emphasize the systemic risks they say climate change poses to the economy and to highlight a series of just-issued and upcoming policies that could help their push for more ambitious pledges from other countries at next month’s climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland.

White House international climate envoy John Kerry is ramping up pressure on Democrats in Congress to resolve longstanding disagreements and pass significant climate change legislation, warning that a failure to pass such a bill would be akin to the Trump administration’s rebuke of international climate policy.

A top Biden administration climate change negotiator is reiterating calls for “key players” to offer tougher greenhouse gas targets at next month’s closely watched United Nations climate summit in Glasgow, Scotland, holding out hope that several major countries could use the meeting to offer such goals.

Democratic divisions over their pending budget reconciliation package are exacerbating fears among environmentalists that Biden officials could arrive at next month’s international climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, without significant legislative accomplishments on climate change, complicating the U.S. negotiating stance.

Progressive senators are pressing Democratic leaders and the White House to hold firm on “robust spending” to address climate change in emerging budget “reconciliation” legislation, even as they signal room for negotiations by offering broad outlines for necessary policies.

The Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) annual assessment of global energy trends is finding that carbon emissions will continue to rise under current climate policies, underscoring the high stakes of next month’s international climate summit during which world leaders will be pressed to agree to tougher steps to curb emissions.

September 2021

Observers are seeking to increase pressure on China, the world’s largest carbon emitter, to detail stronger greenhouse gas reduction targets ahead of November’s highly anticipated global climate talks in Scotland, even as U.S. officials are striving to convince countries that they can implement their own ambitious GHG goals.

President Joe Biden is pressing other world leaders to join a new pledge, developed by the United States and the European Union, to reduce global emissions of the potent greenhouse gas methane by 30 percent over the next decade, with the effort to be formally announced during the upcoming Glasgow climate summit.

Key House and Senate Republicans are increasing pressure on President Joe Biden to detail how his administration arrived at its pledge to halve greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 under the Paris climate agreement, and the regulatory implications of meeting those cuts.

Officials from the United States and other key countries are emphasizing the need to reach a deal on long-pending carbon trading rules during November’s international climate meeting, arguing that failure to reach agreement threatens the ambition of countries’ climate efforts and the integrity of claimed emissions cuts.

August 2021

Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) is predicting that a bipartisan group of senators will attend this November’s international climate talks in Glasgow, Scotland, arguing the delegation would represent a sea change from Obama-era divisions on the topic among Hill lawmakers and a necessary step to show U.S. seriousness on climate change.