Confused about COP27? Well cop this! Here’s a quick explainer of the action over the next fortnight.
COP27 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference.
COP has an almost 27-year legacy of uniting near to every nation on earth for a summit on global climate. The event tackles the many issues surrounding how the world goes about addressing climate change, both individually and collectively.
What’s a COP?
COP is an acronym that stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. The 27 in the name signifies that it is the 27th annual summit.
In 2022, the conference will be held in Sharm El-Sheikh over two weeks running from the 7th to the 18th of November.
With Egypt as the host, COP27 is an event of global significance; it was even home to the birth of the Paris Agreement at COP21, held in the French capital in 2015.And big things are expected from this year’s summit, as well.
World leaders, government representatives, businesses, negotiators, and citizens are all in attendance.
What happens at COP?
The aim of COP27 is to accelerate action on climate change. The summit seeks to work with every nation in attendance to come to an agreement on how climate change can be tackled.
Why is this COP so important? This year, climate change has taken on a sense of international urgency, and big steps are expected to be taken to define what the next five years will look like in climate action.
“The hope is that COP27 will be the turning point where the world came together and demonstrated the requisite political will to take on the climate challenge through concerted, collaborative, and impactful action.
“Where agreements and pledges were translated to projects and programs, where the world showed that we are serious in working together and in rising to the occasion, where climate change seized to be a zero-sum equation and there is no more ‘us and them’ but one international community working for the common good of our shared planet and humanity.” – COP27 Legacy Statement
What’s your angle, gas industry?
Natural gas has a vital role to play in helping with climate action. For example, natural gas provides almost half of Australia’s household energy but produces just 13% of household emissions.
It’s also a perfect partner for renewables. It works alongside renewables all over Australia for cleaner energy, providing support during times of peak demand and when variable renewable energy output is low due to the weatherPartnered with high-tech emissions reduction and removal projects nationwide, the industry is a genuine part of the conversation on climate action.
The impact goes beyond just Australia. Natural gas is replacing coal, dung, and wood fires in Asia, meaning clearer skies for our regions and cleaner energy for our neighbours.
With Australia pushing to host COP31 in 2026, we may see this vital event at home in the near future.
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