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Alok Sharma makes announcements during his speech on the COP26 meeting due in November providing the UK with key goals to guide focus.
The COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma has announced it is less than six months to go until the November Climate Change Summit. This came as a part of his speech which was given on the urgency for further action to tackle climate change before the summit at Whitelee Windfarm, Glasgow.
In support of COP26, UK Government Ministers travelled the UK’s towns and cities that are driving the net-zero transformations to review progress to a cleaner and greener future.
Alok Sharma has provided the UK Government with four goals to focus on in preparation for hosting the summit in November. An optimistic result of the climate change summit will secure global net-zero emissions and protect the community and natural environments by cooperating to accelerate efforts and allocating sufficient funding to net-zero projects.
The urgency for countries to take the responsibility to protect the environment is stressed by Alok Sharma as he says:
“It is not a choice between cleaning up our environment and growing economies.
We can do both at the same time. Indeed we have done both at the same time.
The UK is a beacon of green growth. As a whole, the UK will completely phase out coal power by 2025 at the latest.”
The UK is committed to net-zero with ambitious goals but also shows that we have been able to grow our economy with the green revolution. Figures show that less than 2% of UK electricity is sourced from coal and this will be removed from the energy mix by 2025.
More and more jobs are generated from projects and business such as Siemen Gamesa, a manufacturer for offshore turbine wind blades. Further growth will no doubt be generated from expansions and development into new green technologies. These are prime examples of how we can progress and build the economy and a green future simultaneously.
Furthermore, the UK will be working with partners at COP26 to actively protect core ecosystems and become the biggest driving force towards sustainable agriculture. There are existing examples within the UK that display how protection for the people and their environments can be achieved, which is one of the focusing goals set by Alok Sharma.
Mr Sharma concluded:
“This is our last hope of keeping 1.5 degrees alive. Our best chance of building a brighter future. A future of green jobs and cleaner air.”