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Photo of a member of security moving to apprehend a demonstrator at the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Takeaways from COP26 in Glasgow

Following the conclusion of the 2021 COP26 climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, we asked several of our climate experts for their takeaways from the conference and its impacts on climate change.

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

European Climate Foundation Director General Shares her Perspectives on COP26

    Author:
  • Doug Gavel
| Nov. 30, 2021

Near term action to combat climate change is critical if the world is going to slow the pace of global warming to a significant degree. That was the perspective voiced on Tuesday (November 30) by Laurence Tubiana, Director General of the European Climate Foundation during a Virtual Forum hosted by the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA) and moderated by Robert Stavins, HPCA Director and A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development.

Delegates and participants line up at the main entrance to the COP26 Climate Change Conference 2021

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Analysis & Opinions - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

COP26 Takeaways: Statement from Laura Diaz Anadon

| Nov. 18, 2021

What was accomplished? COP26 created pressure for some countries to produce revised  Nationally Determined Contributions, helped catalyze new pledges to reduce emissions (including from India), led to the approval of the rules to govern international cooperation and carbon markets (the Paris Rulebook) addressing the issue of double counting, and served as the Launchpad for some novel initiatives that could play a useful role. Among the announcements that were made, was one that recognizes the importance of strategic investment and government action to lower the cost of technologies to reach carbon neutrality.

Robert Stavins

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Newspaper Article - Harvard Gazette

Separating Signal from Noise at COP26

    Author:
  • Alvin Powell
| Nov. 17, 2021

For an assessment of what was done, and left undone, at the recent United Nations’ Conference of the Parties on climate change, the Gazette spoke with Rob Stavins, the Harvard Kennedy School’s A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development and head of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements, who attended his first COP in 2007 in Bali. 

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements COP26 side event panelists

Doug Gavel

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Co-hosts COP26 Side Event on Securing Climate Ambition through Cooperative Approaches Facilitated by Article 6

    Author:
  • Doug Gavel
| Nov. 12, 2021

With negotiators from around the world hammering out the details of a revised global climate deal at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Glasgow, Scotland, much of the work is centered on reaching agreement on a set of rules governing the global carbon market. The so-called “Rulebook” for implementing Article 6 of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement is considered by many to be critically important for enhancing ambition among countries for the plans and pledges contained in their Nationally Determined Contributions. Potential solutions to achieve consensus on the Article 6 Rulebook were the focus of discussion on November 10 at a COP26 side event—“Securing Climate Ambition with Cooperative Approaches: Options under Article 6.”

Glasgow, Scotland, Climate Change Conference Venue

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News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Hosts Webinar Previewing Article 6 Negotiations at COP26

    Author:
  • Doug Gavel
| Nov. 01, 2021

Negotiators convening this week and next at the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Glasgow, Scotland will be challenged to find consensus on a range of issues, but perhaps none more important than the so-called “Rulebook” for implementing Article 6 of the landmark 2015 Paris Agreement. A panel of experts shared their perspectives on the negotiations during a webinar on Monday (November 1), co-sponsored by the Enel Foundation and the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements (HPCA). Titled “Prospects for Article 6: COP-26 and Beyond,” the webinar was moderated by HPCA Director Robert Stavins.

Glasgow, Scotland, Climate Change Conference Venue

UN Photo

News - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Harvard Project on Climate Agreements Side Event at COP-26

Oct. 22, 2021

The Harvard Project on Climate Agreements will conduct a panel event, "Securing Climate Ambition with Cooperative Approaches: Options under Article 6", at the Twenty-Sixth Conference of the Parties (COP-26) of the UNFCCC in Glasgow, Scotland on November 10.  Attendees must have a badge credentialed from the UNFCCC to attend this event.

Paper - Harvard Project on Climate Agreements

Advancing International Cooperation under the Paris Agreement: Issues and Options for Article 6

    Author:
  • Michael A. Mehling
| October 2021

This discussion paper explores key areas of disagreement on Article 6 and explores possible outcomes from the upcoming Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP-26) in November 2021 in Glasgow.