November 15, 2021

Despite a late modification on coal use, the Glasgow Climate Pact was approved.

The COP26 has come to an end, with all participating countries agreeing to a new climate accord aimed at keeping global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The final deal, known as the Glasgow Climate Pact, was reached after lengthy negotiations that lasted till Saturday night when India intervened to amend the language regarding coal use.

India requested a last-minute revision to the agreement’s final text, requesting that unabated coal power be “phased down” rather than “phased out.”

Switzerland underlined its “deep dissatisfaction” with the move to “soften” terminology surrounding fossil fuels and coal.

“We don’t want to phase down coal; we want to phase out coal,” the Swiss delegate remarked at the end of the conference, adding that they will sign the amended version.

Smaller countries such as Fiji, the Marshall Islands, and Antigua & Barbuda have also expressed their displeasure with the pact and stated that they will sign it.

Liechtenstein expressed its dissatisfaction by saying it was “very saddened.”

“However, we must swallow this bitter pill for the greater good.”

The European Commission’s vice president, Frans Timmermans, said it was “disappointing” that the text’s language had been watered down, but that this should not deter the EU from working to phase out coal.

President of COP26 Alok Sharma expressed his “sad disappointment,” but added that “it is critical that we protect this package.”

Greenpeace reacted to the last-minute move by stating that the coal era was coming to an end.

The environmentalist group remarked on Twitter, “They altered a phrase, but they can’t change the signal coming out of this COP – the era of coal is coming to an end.”

“This COP was a poor conclusion if you’re a coal company executive.”

“Transitioning to clean renewable energy is in the interests of all countries, including those that still burn coal,” the organization concluded, “and richer countries must do more to facilitate the transformation.” It is critical to our future.”

Before the agreement was achieved, Swiss climate activist Greta Thunberg stated on Twitter, “Beware of a tsunami of greenwashing and media spin to somehow portray the conclusion as “positive,” “progress,” “hopeful,” or “a step in the right direction.”

The COP26, widely seen as the last chance to keep the 1.5°C objectives alive, has been taking place in Glasgow since November 1.

Many world leaders gathered for the first two days to debate the planet’s future moves.

“The longer we wait to act, the worse the situation will become and the bigger the repercussions will be when we are obliged to act,” said Boris Johnson, the host British Prime Minister, on the first day of the conference.

On the fringes of COP26, a slew of panels, seminars, and events were planned, all aimed at finding ways to limit global warming below 1.5 degrees Celsius.

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