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Which Future Will You Fund? / ¿Cuál futuro vas a financiar? (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

For decades ECO has watched in dismay as world governments came to COP after COP promising more climate action, only to go home and continue producing and burning more coal, oil and gas. The world has known for over a century that the combustion of these fossil fuels causes climate change. Yet try as you […]

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You Can’t Offset Your Way to 1.5˙C / No puedes compensar su camino hacia el 1,5˙C (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

You may have heard of a recent greenwashing trend whereby fossil fuel majors are marketing their polluting products as “carbon neutral”. In 2021 alone, companies have claimed 19 massive fossil fuel cargoes to be “carbon neutral” on the basis that the associated oil and gas companies have retired carbon credits to compensate for fossil emissions. […]

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Do Judge a COP by its Cover Decision / Juzgar una COP por su decisión de portada (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

ECO has been following discussions on the “cover decision” and has heard that some Parties do not acknowledge the importance of such a piece. So, we thought it was a good idea to remind negotiators and especially Ministers that this is the decision that sets the political tone of how the world is responding to […]

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A Time Frame For Ambition / Un marco temporal para la ambición (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

From nine options down to two on common time frames for NDCs! It seems the Switzerland/Rwanda ministerial pair was able to cut through the noise and get right to the heart of the matter–some countries want a common time frame that aligns with the five-year cycles of the Paris Agreement while others are happy with […]

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Japan’s Commitment To “Keep Coal Alive” / El compromiso de Japón de “mantener vivo el carbón” (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

While we have seen some encouraging progress here at COP26 on phasing out coal, onecountry you won’t see in that list is Japan, one of the world’s largest greenhouse gases emitters ー and with over 20% of its emissions coming from burning coal. ECO recognizes that OECD countries must exit coal by 2030 in line […]

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We Can’t Burn Our Way Out Of The Climate Crisis / No podemos quemar nuestra salida de la crisis climática (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

ECO believes it’s obvious that we can’t burn our way out of the climate crisis. Avoiding the worst impacts of the climate crisis and keeping 1.5˙C within reach requires a rapid phase-out of fossil fuels and other carbon-rich fuels, and the parallel protection and restoration of ecosystems —not more extraction. Burning trees for energy emits carbon […]

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For A Fossil Free Future / Por un futuro libre de fósiles (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

Today, more than 150 nationally-elected legislators from 30 countries around the world are urging their colleagues to join their call for a Fossil Fuel Free Future. The call was initiated by over a dozen parliamentarians in the Global South covering Bangladesh, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Kiribati, Palau, Philippines, Rwanda, South Africa and Timor Leste. Their […]

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Redefining Our Standards and Narratives on Climate Finance: The Perspective of Indigenous Peoples / Redefiniendo nuestras normas y narrativas sobre la financiación del clima: La perspectiva de los pueblos indígenas (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

ECO is happy to share this part of our publications with the Indigenous Peoples Caucus(IPO) to help amplify their voice. This article reflects the views of the IPO.Countries from around the world have committed to climate finance to support climate action but, what does that really mean? While a growing number of state and non-state actors […]

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Have You Ever Played Just Transition Bingo? / ¿Alguna vez has jugado al Bingo de Transición Justa? (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

You’d have been winning points galore in recent days. We’ve seen a raft of announcements in support of a socially fair move towards climate neutrality – a ‘just transition’ – at COP26. ECO likes it best when words are matched by actions. Luckily, that also seems to be the case. Two years after the launch […]

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UK governments pushing fossil fuel projects / Los gobiernos del Reino Unido impulsan proyectos de combustibles fósiles (ECO 9, COP26)

10 Nov 2021

Like a bad magician, the UK government desperately wants people to look the other way as it tries to pull off a clumsy trick with one hand while doing something completely different with the other. Everybody can see the sleight of hand for what it is: blatant hypocrisy, “a do-as we say, not as we […]

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