What has been agreed so far?
Key developments include:
- Agreement on loss and damage deal to help world’s poorest and most vulnerable countries >>
- Call to Action calling for transformation of food systems for people, nature and climate >>
- Around 100 countries promised to treble world renewable energy use by 2030 >>
- 124 Countries Commit to Milestone ‘Declaration on Climate and Health’ >>
Youth, Children, Education & Skills day at COP28
Throughout the thematic days at COP28 we’ll be featuring the insights of our delegates on why the chosen themes are important in relation to climate change. We’ll also feature their views on what outcomes they’d like to see.
Latest skills research IEMA COP28 skills campaign
Today’s theme of Youth, Children, Education & Skills is absolutely crucial to tackling climate change. An expansion in green jobs is required now and over the coming years. In the UK alone, the government has committed to deliver two million green jobs by 2030, as part of a roadmap to achieving net zero while stimulating economic growth. Without investing in the underlying green skills required for these jobs, including in high-level training provision, these green jobs will be unfilled or ineffective. We know that there is currently a significant green skills challenge, encompassing skills shortages and skills gaps across sectors – demonstrated in our latest research. To tackle the green skills challenge, we fully support the IEMA campaign for inclusion of green skills and jobs in the final cover text agreement at COP28. We call for Paris Agreement signatories to demonstrate their commitment to green skills and training by delivering a detailed education and skills investment and development roadmap, as part of their nationally determined UNFCCC contributions.Dr Emma Wilcox FIMMM CEnv
Chief Executive, Society for the Environment
One of our COP28 delegates Lara Young CEnv attended Finance day’s session on the Green Climate Fund (GCF) with a focus on Scaling up Access and Impact. Reflecting on the session, Lara said:
The eagerness to collaborate was loud and clear, with support all round for the Green Climate Fund – which is the world’s largest climate fund. Despite these good efforts however, there was a clear message calling for progress at a greater pace and scale than is currently being achieved. There is general recognition of the need to reform the current financing model: to keep the approach as clear and simple as possible, while acknowledging that there is no one size fits all solution. There is a need for an even bigger Green Climate Fund to ensure: a quicker pace of investment distribution; more transparency on results; and a deeper collaboration with actors to fund tangible climate action globally. The session also provided useful reminder of the need to reinforce our investment for climate adaptation – ensuring we recognise and shape approaches based on each nation’s individual climate risks/impacts.Lara Young CEnv
Group Head of ESG, Cromwell Property Group
This article explores what we're calling for at this year's vital COP28 summit, with insights from some of our Chartered Environmentalist delegates.
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CEnv blog | Six key construction issues to look out for at COP28
Check out this blog from Amanda Williams CEnv on the need to take decisive action on decarbonising buildings at COP28.
A focus on delivery
We must invest in quality green skills and green jobs to tackle climate change effectively. With this in mind, we are backing IEMA’s campaign to get green skills and training on the agenda at COP28. Find out more about this campaign via the link below.
Pledge to take action
Water Climate Discussion are calling for your pledges! Take stock of your climate action, decide what you need to do, then make a pledge. You can find out more and submit your video online via the link below.
Upcoming events/ webinars
As a founding signatory of Pledge to Net Zero, we are chairing a webinar looking at the summit's key outcomes and the impact on climate policy. This free to attend webinar is taking place on Dec 13, 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM GMT. Find out more and register via the link below.
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