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WWF responds to WWF COP26 cover text assessment and reactions on Friday 12 November

Glasgow, Scotland (Friday 12 November, 09:00 GMT) - In response to the latest draft COP26 cover text assessment, Vanessa Perez-Cirera, WWF Deputy Global Lead for Climate and Energy said: 

“The revised draft has gone backwards in key areas. In the face of the climate emergency, we had considered the previous text the absolute floor and expected it to be stronger and more concrete in the crucial areas. 

“The accelerated phase-out of unabated coal power and inefficient subsidies for fossil fuels is considerably weaker than the previous text, but nevertheless it’s an important signal. We must see the phase-out of all coal and all subsidies for fossil fuels, with deadlines for delivering on that, if we are to ensure that we keep 1.5℃ within reach.

“The short-term ratcheting-up of climate pledges by 2022 that continues to be in the text is welcomed, but still not aligned to 1.5℃. This must be matched with short-term action, for example, by agreeing to phase-out the trillions being spent on subsidizing fossil fuels annually which could well serve to meet the US$100 bn which Parties failed to meet at this COP. 

“It is, however, encouraging that the new text emphasizes nature’s critical role in achieving the Paris Agreement temperature goal. The science is clear, there is no viable route to limiting global warming to 1.5℃ without nature.  It is vital that parties ensure this language remains in the final text. We also welcome the recommendation to governments to incorporate nature in their national climate action plans.”

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