Draft COP26: “insufficient and unsound”, for environmentalists

Various environmental organizations agree that the first draft of the agreement for the COP26 in Glasgow presented this Wednesday is “insufficient and not very solid”, so everything indicates that it will be necessary to “continue fighting” to reach an ambitious agreement.

The British presidency of COP26 published on Wednesday a first draft that, according to the president of the Commission for the Ecological Transition in the Spanish Congress of Deputies, Juan Antonio López de Uralde, evidences “a strong fight of the pressure groups of the fossil fuel companies”, so that “not much progress is made”.

López de Uralde -leader of the Spanish environmental party Alianza Verde- declared that “what always happens in these summits, especially due to the lack of binding character of the agreements, confronts those pressure groups against“ whom we believe that measures must be taken urgent ”. For this reason, “although we must continue fighting for an ambitious agreement to be reached”, the fight against the climate crisis will continue “in our parliaments” to “continue legislating and guaranteeing that the agreements are complied with,” he pointed out. The coordinator of energy and climate of the Spanish NGO Ecologistas en Acción, Javier Andaluz, explained that “a draft text as minimal as the one presented this morning is inadmissible. ”Andaluz stressed that“ after more than ten days of negotiation ”, the draft presented by the president of COP26, Alok Sharma,“ does not say anything that we did not know before we came ”. “We already knew that the commitments and funding were insufficient”, but “what was expected of the countries is that they solve that at this summit” and, in light of the texts presented, “they are not doing it.” Irene Rubiera, delegate of Ecologists in Action in Glasgow, added that “if this draft agreement becomes the final result of the summit, the international community will once again have lost the opportunity to take measures that comply with scientific indications, at a key moment of the fight against the climate emergency ”.

More pressure

For his part, the head of energy and climate for the SEO / Birdlife organization, David Howell, told Efe that they expect “a solid and serious commitment to protect nature” and that the countries will pressure to “tie in the final text everything related to the conservation of ecosystems by 2030 ”, because“ it is the only option to reach the 1.5 degree objective ”.

“Ecosystems are natural CO2 sponges” and represent a “natural infrastructure to reduce emissions”, Therefore, “investing in nature is investing in mitigation and adaptation” to the impacts of climate change. For its part, Greenpeace said in a statement that “this draft of the final text is not a plan to solve the climate crisis, it is an agreement for all of us to cross our fingers and hopefully it comes out as well as possible.” “This is a request so that countries, perhaps, can do more next year”, something that for Greenpeace “is insufficient.” In his opinion, “the text must be much more robust in terms of financing and adaptation”, in addition to including “actual figures of hundreds of billions for richer countries to support less developed nations.” “The negotiators should not even think about leaving this city until they have reached an agreement at the height of the moment”, because “with all certainty, this is not” they sentenced.