Responding to the draft COP26 agreement calling on countries to strengthen their carbon-cutting targets by the end of 2022, Liberal Democrat Leader and former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Ed Davey MP said:
“I fear this is more about kicking the can down the road and expectation management after a disappointing conference.
“We can have as many COPs as we like, but until the West convinces China to cut emissions more quickly, these summits will continue to fail.
“To keep the 1.5 degree target genuinely alive requires greater political will, stronger leadership and far more serious domestic and global action.
“Otherwise beating the existential threat of climate change will be a pipe dream and the greatest failure of global leadership ever.”