A triumvirate of ministers will take part in the G7 climate, energy and environment ministerial meeting hosted by Germany to push for accelerated climate action and the clean energy transition
COP President Alok Sharma will represent the UK government along with Greg Hands, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, and Zac Goldsmith, Minister for the Pacific and International Environment
They will urge G7 member countries and the global community to accelerate the pace of delivering on their commitments under the Glasgow Climate Pact.
G7 event in Berlin comes less than six months before COP27 in Sharm el-Sheikh
UK government ministers will urge major G7 economies to drive progress on climate change, biodiversity and the clean energy transition at this week’s Climate and Environment Ministerial.
COP President Alok Sharma will be in Berlin (May 26-27) with Greg Hands, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth and Zac Goldsmith, Minister for the Pacific and International Environment representing the United Kingdom.
Mr. Sharma will stress that the current global crises linked to Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and the rising cost of living should increase, not diminish, countries’ resolve to meet the Glasgow Climate Pact and the Carbis Bay Declaration, agreed at the end of the UK’s G7 Presidency in 2021.
As chair of the 2022 G7, Germany’s agenda for the G7 offers countries the opportunity to demonstrate that while the world has changed since the signing of the Pact at COP26, their resolve to tackle the chronic danger of climate change has not changed. Implementation requires an international effort to accelerate implementation and build momentum ahead of COP27.
G7 energy ministers have already expressed their view that the most important contribution to energy security is an accelerated transition to clean energy. The new reality imposed by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine highlights the critical choices we face regarding our energy systems and the sectoral action we need to take in affected industries, including energy and transportation.
G7 environment ministers will build on the historic G7 Nature Pact agreed by G7 leaders at Carbis Bay last year, ahead of the critical UN CBD COP15 global biodiversity conference later this year.
This comes ahead of next month’s G7 leaders’ summit, which will be held June 26-28 at Schloss Elmau in the Bavarian Alps.
Ahead of the ministerial meeting, Alok Sharma, President of COP26, said:
Now more than ever, countries must urgently show global leadership, work together and deliver on the commitments made both at COP26 in Glasgow and at Carbis Bay last year, where G7 leaders pledged to protect our planet by supporting a green revolution that creates jobs, reduces emissions and seeks to limit global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees.
This ministerial meeting can help accelerate the shift to clean energy generation and break our dependence on fossil fuels, and protect consumers and businesses from price volatility.
I look forward to meeting colleagues from all G7 countries and working towards delivering the Glasgow Climate Pact as we continue to build momentum ahead of COP27 in Egypt later this year.
Minister Hands will also represent the UK at the ministerial meeting. He will highlight the need for countries to advance their transition to green energy. This follows the precedent set by the UK’s recently unveiled Energy Security Strategy, particularly in light of the current energy crisis and the need to reduce reliance on Russian hydrocarbons.
Greg Hands, Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, said:
Respecting the Glasgow Climate Pact is not only essential for the future of our planet, it also makes good economic sense.
Our energy security strategy is accelerating the pace of our transition to green renewable energy, creating jobs and opportunities. I call on the G7 and the global community to seize the moment and join us in accelerating a green transition.
Lord Goldsmith will also be present on behalf of the UK and will call on the G7 to build on commitments made last year to halt and reverse biodiversity loss by 2030 and to make progress on the Glasgow Leaders’ Declaration on forests and land use when more than 140 leaders pledged to halt and reverse forest loss and land degradation by 2030.
He will also highlight the urgent need to continue to close nature’s funding gap to meet international targets on climate change, biodiversity and land degradation and highlight the UK’s progress through its landmark Environmental Protection Act. environment, which includes a legally binding target to halt species decline by 2030.
Zac Goldsmith, Minister of State for the Pacific and International Environment, said:
At COP26, we put the nature of the margins of the global climate debate at the heart of our response, because the beauty of protecting and restoring nature is that it helps us meet many of the greatest challenges we face – biodiversity loss, hunger, poverty, pollution, even pandemics, and the causes and impacts of climate change.
This year, we must make the UN Biodiversity Conference nothing less than a Parisian moment for nature.
I therefore call on the G7 and the global community to rapidly scale up the financing for nature that is essential to secure an ambitious and robust agreement on the line – by mobilizing new investments from all sources, aligning our spending and our aid to overseas with the recovery of the natural world, and using all the levers we have to help the market take nature into account.
Notes to Editors
The Glasgow Climate Pact sets out a clear framework for progress ahead of COP27, including:
Calling on countries to phase out coal power and phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies.
Ask countries to review and strengthen their 2030 emissions reduction targets, if necessary, to align with the Paris temperature target by the end of this year.
Urge developed countries to scale up climate finance, including achieving the collective goal of jointly mobilizing $100 billion as soon as possible and up to 2025, and to double funding for adaptation by 2025 by compared to 2019 levels.
Highlighting the central importance of adaptation, the dangers of loss and damage, and the need to scale up action and support for both.
Learn more about the Glasgow Climate Pact.
Signatories to the Carbis Bay Declaration have committed to:
achieve net zero no later than 2050
halve collective emissions by 2030
increase and improve climate finance until 2025
conserve or protect at least 30% of the world’s land and oceans by 2030
The G7 Nature Compact commits world leaders to:
Changing incentives and using all appropriate levers to tackle unsustainable and illegal activities that negatively impact nature, for example by tackling deforestation by supporting sustainable supply chains and stepping up efforts to combat climate change. illegal wildlife trade
Work to dramatically increase investment in nature from all sources, and to ensure that nature is considered in economic and financial decision-making – for example, building on the Dasgupta review for equities keys
Support and stimulate the protection, conservation and restoration of ecosystems essential to halting and reversing biodiversity loss and combating climate change, for example by supporting the goal of conserving or protecting at least 30% of the world’s land and at least minus 30% of the world’s oceans by the end of the decade
Hold ourselves accountable to take national and global action for nature by strengthening the accountability and implementation mechanisms of all multilateral environmental agreements to which we are party
Please find more information on the G7 2021 results here.
The main commitments of the UK’s Energy Security Strategy are:
a significant ramp-up of nuclear, including small flexible modular reactors, delivering up to 8 additional reactors over the next round of projects;
a fivefold increase in our offshore wind capacity to 50 GW by 2030;
a doubling of low-carbon hydrogen production capacity to 10 GW by 2030, helping the energy industry and transport; and
increase the UK’s 14 GW solar capacity fivefold by 2035.
Please find more information on the UK Energy Security Strategy here.
The UK has passed the world’s first environmental law which will protect and improve our environment for future generations:
The legislation will implement new legally binding environmental targets, enforced by a new independent Office for Environmental Protection (OEP) which will hold government and public bodies to account for their environmental obligations.
Through this law, we will clean the country’s air, restore natural habitats, increase biodiversity, reduce waste and make better use of our resources.
It will halt species decline by 2030, require new developments to improve or create habitats for nature, and help tackle deforestation overseas.
Please find more information on environmental law here.