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Boris Johnson unveils plan for 'Green Industrial Revolution'

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Writing for the Sunday Express today, COP26 President-Designate Alok Sharma, said that the international conference on climate change in Glasgow can put Brexit Britain in the front seat of the next wave of clean technology. He said: “The good news is that fighting climate change benefits us today, by creating good quality jobs and cleaning-up our air. “Last year, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans for the UK’s Green Industrial Revolution to support a quarter of a million jobs, particularly in our proud industrial heartlands. 

“The UK is recognised around the world as a leader on climate action. We have one of the strongest 2030 emissions reduction targets on earth. Now, we must inspire others to match our ambition. As one the largest and one of the most important summits we’ve ever hosted, COP26 is our chance to show the world what a confident, independent Britain can achieve on the global stage.”

The green technological revolution is also one of the top priorities of Mr Sharma’s replacement as business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng who has warned that people have “failed to see the economic benefits”of green technology partly because climate change as an issue “has previously been hijacked by the left”.

Mr Kwarteng’s agenda is to use COP26 in Glasgow to use the new technological push to start transforming the British economy post Brexit and coronavirus.

He told the Sunday Express: “This [the green agenda] is one of the reasons we are in a better place than we were even six months ago.”

Mr Sharma’s piece comes ahead of his visit to Japan tomorrow as he begins an urgent round of diplomacy ahead of COP26 in November.

He will use the trip to Japan to discuss climate leadership ahead of the US Leaders Summit on Climate and G7 summit. 

He will meet with Prime Minister Suga to advocate for strong climate policies such as following the UK’s lead in phasing out coal power, and he’ll speak to other government ministers, business leaders and civil society to highlight Japan’s key role in leading global efforts to tackle climate change.

This follows a hectic schedule of visits to see foreign leaders over the past few weeks, from Costa Rica, Ethiopia and Nigeria, to South Korea, Nepal and India, as part of the UK’s climate mission to urge countries to match our ambition in making world-leading commitments. 

On Thursday, Mr Johnson will also urge world leaders at the US Leaders Summit on Climate to go further to maintain momentum on driving forward global action.

As hosts of the major climate summit COP26 in Glasgow this November, the UK is using all international avenues to ask every country to follow its lead in committing to ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets in line with reaching net zero by the middle of the century. 

The UK is also asking donor countries to deliver on their commitment to secure $100 billion of public finance and unleash the trillions needed to support developing countries and to help meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

There are 80 countries who have now made net zero commitments. This covers 65 per cent of global carbon emissions – more than tripling from 20% when the UK took over the COP Presidency in December 2019 – with around 70 per cent of the world’s economy now signed up.

Mr Sharma said:  “The US Leaders Summit on Climate is a major event in this vital year for climate action on the road to COP26 in Glasgow. 

“The climate crisis is the greatest challenge that we face and it is our duty to address it. There are also great opportunities as we look to build back greener – accelerating our move to a greener future, as we invest in new technologies and create millions of new jobs across the world.

“We are making progress but we are not there yet – there is much more work to be done. We need to turn ambition into action and coming together this week we are looking to raise global climate ambition, continue the momentum we have already seen and ensure we keep 1.5 degrees in reach.”

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