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Thibaud Clisson, Climate Lead in the Sustainability Centre, discusses the mixed outcomes and announcements at the recent COP26 climate conference covering topics ranging from net zero and climate financing to biodiversity loss and deforestation.  

Encouragingly, there was good news on the need to reduce our reliance on fossil fuels and to cut methane emissions by 30%. Commitments to carbon neutrality now cover 80% of the global population. There was agreement on fighting deforestation, on a halt to building new coal-fired power plants and stopping new licences for oil and gas exploration.

It was equally positive to see the prominent and now established role of climate in international negotiations and the fact that it is increasingly being factored in by strategic decision-makers.  

Watch the video with Thibaud Clisson on the results of COP26 in Glasgow

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