The 26th Conference of Parties of the UNFCCC took place from 31 October - 12 November 2021. NewClimate Institute was present in Glasgow hosting and participating in multiple events. Additionally, we released several related publications before and during COP26. You can find all information on this page.
Note: We included timings of events in Glasgow (GMT) and Central European Time (CET).
Events & Appearances
Events with NewClimate Institute participation:
Glasgow / Online
Glasgow / Online
Glasgow / Online
Publications related to the COP26:
Climate and development:
NewClimate Institute in partnership with Xander van Tilburg is supporting Argentina, Indonesia, Kenya and Thailand with the implementation of their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German government.
- Replacing Suralaya coal with solar PV: Initiating a fair and inclusive energy transition in Indonesia
- Kenya Power’s Decarbonising the Energy Mix Initiative
- The Kenyan cooking sector – Opportunities for climate action and sustainable development
- The energy transition after COVID-19
- Economic Impact Model (EIM): The model can be used to quantify employment and economic impacts of enhanced renewable energy scenarios and is being applied in various country contexts.
- Air Pollution Impact Model (AIRPOLIM): The model facilitates the quantification of health impacts of fossil fuel based power plants (coal and gas). We will shortly release an update to extend analysis to the health impacts from transport activities.
Tracking countries' climate actions:
The Climate Action Tracker evaluates whether 40 countries are on track to meet their climate commitments, annually estimates the global temperature increase based on implemented policies and pledges, and analyses options to strengthen mitigation action on a country and sector level.
- Latest Global Update: Glasgow has a credibility gap between talk and action. The CAT has calculated that if all governments met their 2030 targets, we would have 2.4˚C of warming in 2100. But right now, current policies put us at 2.7˚C. To the CAT briefing
- How a renewable energy COVID-19 recovery creates opportunities for India:This study explores India's potential to accelerate its transition to a zero emissions economy. To the CAT report
- State of Climate Action 2021:This report identifies 40 indicators across key sectors that must transform to address the climate crisis, and assesses how current trends will impact how much work remains to be done by 2030 and 2050 to deliver a zero-carbon world in time. It also outlines the required shifts in supportive policies, innovations, strong institutions, leadership and social norms to unlock change. To the State of Climate Action 2021 report
- Exploring new electric vehicle roadmaps for China in a post-COVID-19 era: This report explores several sets of scenarios for the evolution of the passenger vehicle stock in China, in order to inform on emission reduction and electricity demand implications. To the CAT report
- New rating methodology: These briefings introduce the CAT's new rating methodology, which now rates more elements than before – mitigation targets in Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs), policies and action, and climate finance. We’ve also added a methodology for assessing net zero targets. To the new rating briefings
About this COP
Key topics from NewClimate's perspective:
NewClimate Institute participated in the UNFCCC climate negotiations and contributed to the conference with reports and other publications. Essential topics expected during this COP included:
- How big is the climate action gap? Sadly, new and updated NDCs, together with announced mitigation pledges for 2030, only slightly narrow the gap in climate action to meet the Paris Agreement goals. A team of international scientists, including NewClimate experts, has compiled this in the twelfth edition of the “UNEP Emissions Gap Report”.
- Will new national proposals on climate protection close the yawning gap? Which countries have improved their policies since Paris? Are the countries on track to meet their targets? Are new proposals better than previous ones? Regular updates on 40 countries are available on the Climate Action Tracker – press conference in Glasgow on Tuesday, 9 November, 14 p.m. (Glasgow time)
- What rules may emerge for a new international carbon market? A final chapter of the Paris Agreement rulebook still lacks agreement: the international carbon markets. The devil is in the details which is why robust rule-setting is key to ensure the system reduces emissions efficiently instead of facilitating empty claims.
- Will international climate finance be strengthened? On the one hand it is essential that, developed countries provide finance to support developing countries. On the other hand, they should also re-evaluate current investment policies of development finance institutions and, for example, halt support on gas infrastructure.
- How to combine climate protection and development? Sustainable development policy and climate policy should be thought of together to tackle the global climate crisis. Especially when dealing with the economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic, countries can resort to measures that help the economy and the climate. In Mongolia, a hydrogen strategy could help to heat with renewable energies even in the cold winters. In Kenya, the electricity supply could be converted to 100% renewable energies.
For questions or further discussion contact us as follows:
- Niklas Höhne on international climate negotiations: +49 221 999 83 301, @email, on site from 4 until 11 November
- Carsten Warnecke on international carbon markets: +49 221 999 83 302, @email, in Cologne
- Aki Kachi on international climate fiance: @email, on site from 1 until 11 November
- Frauke Röser on climate and development: +49 30 208 492 741, @email, on site from 8 until 11 November