Day 11 recap: A welcome announcment

As a devastating warning is issued by the Climate Action Tracker suggesting COP26 "has a massive credibility, action and commitment gap", pressure continues to mount in the final days of the conference as UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson returns to Glasgow and calls for nations to "pull out all the stops".
As the day progressed all eyes were on a surprise announcement by China and the US as a joint declaration promising action was released. Both sides pledged their commitment to work together and called for stepped-up efforts to close the "significant gap" that remains to achieves the 1.5C temperature goal set out in the Paris Agreement. Agreement was made on a range of issues including methane emissions, the transition to clean energy, and de-carbonisation. Commentators are hopeful that this statement could be a recognition of the urgency of the situation.
Our colleagues at University of Strathclyde were honoured to receive a visit from Former US President Barack Obama earlier this week. See what their Principal, Professor Sir Jim McDonald had to say here. Check out the University of Strathclyde's Planet Pod COP26 Series Podcast here.
List of COP26 announcements, 10 November
  • As one of the Glasgow Breakthroughs at the World Leader Summit, 30 countries have agreed to work together to make zero emission vehicles the new normal by making them accessible, affordable, and sustainable in all regions by 2030 or sooner. 
  • A number of emerging markets are agreeing to accelerate the transition to ZEVs in their markets (including India, Rwanda, Kenya)
  • Launch of a new World Bank trust fund that will mobilise $200 million over the next 10 years to decarbonise road transport in emerging markets and developing economies.
  • This goal is guiding the Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council (ZEVTC), which will today met with distinguished representatives, including experts on the transition in Emerging Markets and Developing Economies (EMDEs), to discuss how international collaboration can support a global transition. The ZEVTC will launch its first annual Action Plan, which sets out areas for sustained international cooperation to accelerate the transition during 2022. The US has today joined the UK as a co-chair of the ZEVTC.
  • Nineteen governments have also stated their intent to support the establishment of ‘green shipping corridors’ – zero-emission shipping routes between two ports. This will involve deploying zero-emission vessel technologies and putting alternative fuel and charging infrastructure in place in ports to allow for zero emission shipping on key routes across the globe.
  • The UK has pledged to shift to clean trucks by committing to end the sale of most new diesel trucks between 2035 and 2040.