COP26 starts with disappointing G20 result, lacking commitment

The biggest challenge to be faced by world leaders at the crucial UN COP26 summit talks on climate, now underway in Glasgow, could well be the disappointing outcome at a meeting of G20 countries, which agreed on the need to restrict global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels but fell short of making specific commitments to achieve this goal.

The COP26 summit, seen as crucial for saving the planet from climate change effects, was delayed by a year as a result of the pandemic.

Limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels will save the planet from catastrophe, scientists believe.

Nearly 200 countries had signed the 2015 Paris accords on climate change, but far greater diplomacy and political will is needed for tougher commitments.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will travel to Glasgow today to deliver a speech before an audience of world leaders.

The Greek leader’s speech is expected to highlight the country’s decarbonization objectives; significant RES production increase and more ambitious targets and plans, including installation of offshore wind farms; Greece’s green island plans and innovative programs being implemented; initiatives for an eco-friendly shipping industry; and measures for the environmental protection of ecosystems.