NZAB attends COP26 in Glasgow

The annual United Nations Climate Change Conference, known as COP, is an opportunity to forge connections with climate leaders and experts from around the world. The Net-Zero Advisory Body (NZAB) was proud to participate in the 26th COP in its inaugural year.

COP26 was held in Glasgow, Scotland from November 1 – 12, 2021 after being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. NZAB co-chairs, Dan Wicklum and Marie-Pierre Ippersiel attended COP26 as members of the Canadian delegation.

At COP26, the Government of Canada announced a commitment to cap and cut emissions from the oil and gas sector. As part of this commitment, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson, have asked the NZAB for independent advice on key guiding principles to help set targets for the oil & gas sector .

Highlights

  • Co-chairs met with Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Steven Guilbeault, and Minister of Natural Resources, Jonathan Wilkinson to discuss the ministers’ request for the NZAB to provide independent advice on capping and cutting emissions from the oil and gas sector.
  • Co-chairs also spoke with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
  • The International Climate Councils Network launched publicly on the first day of COP26 with a panel discussion featuring the Canadian Institute for Climate Choices (CICC), among others, and a statement on the contributions of climate advisory bodies to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.
    • The NZAB and the CICC will be co-chairing the ICCN in 2022 along with councils from France and Guatemala.
  • The NZAB, the CICC, and the Ivey Foundation co-hosted an informal gathering at COP26 with guests from the Canadian delegation and the ICCN.
  • The NZAB met with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities to discuss the critical role of cites and towns in achieving a resilient and prosperous net-zero future.

Quotes

“COP is the most significant event on the international climate calendar and expectations for this year were high. It was important for the NZAB to participate in COP26 to promote its values and principles, learn from the experiences of others around the globe, and form new connections.”

Marie-Pierre Ippersiel, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

“The NZAB had a successful and productive COP26. We were pleased to speak with Canadian and international participants about the most likely pathways to net-zero. We look forward to giving practical, actionable advice that will accelerate the development and implementation of pathways to a net-zero Canada.”

Dan Wicklum, Co-Chair of the Net-Zero Advisory Body

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