COP President stated that China and India owe an explanation from phasing down instead of phasing out of coal
COP26 agreement, which does not have any legal binding, happen to be amended at the eleventh hour after receiving interventions from China and India, which are regarded as the world’s biggest coal burners.
The COP26 president stated past Sunday that India and China owe an explanation on why did the two countries insisted on a crucial passage of the U.N.-brokered climate deal, which was changed at the last moment. India and China are expected to explain themselves to the most vulnerable countries across the world in climate aspects. After a day when over 200 countries decided to agree on a deal for preventing the worst consequences of the climate change, which is followed by two weeks of meetings at Glasgow, Scotland.
The COP26 agreement, which does not have any legal binding, happen to be amended at the eleventh hour after receiving interventions from China and India, which are regarded as the world’s biggest coal burners. It resulted in a change in language for fossil fuels; the pact now is in regard of “phasing down” of coal, instead of “phasing out” of coal, which was originally proposed. After receiving initial objections, the opposing countries finally conceded to the amendment. Over the past few weeks there were certain countries not wanting to have coal in this compact. However, it is the first time that the country has received a language about coal across a COP decision, which is absolutely historic.
However, Sharma admitted that there was certainly much more work that needs to be done for this issue. After taking over the COP presidency with the team, Sharma stated very clearly that he wanted to try and consign coal power for history. If earlier someone stated that towards the end of COP this year, we would have ensured that some of the major economies would no longer finance international coal projects, then many people would have been skeptical.