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MPs to examine impact of coronavirus on progress towards environment goals

12 May 2020

Nigel Topping, UK Climate Action Champion and Fiona Reynolds, CEO of the UN-supported: Principles for Responsible Investment are to appear before the Environmental Audit Committee as it continues to scrutinise preparations for COP26.


The Committee is keen to ensure continued progress towards making the summit a success, despite its postponement due to the coronavirus outbreak. Now widely anticipated to take place in 2021, the success of the summit is likely to depend on fulfilling outstanding issues failed to be agreed at the COP25 summit in Madrid. These include the enhancement of Governments' nationally determined contributions, the invitation to provide long-term strategies, the pathways to decarbonisation to net zero in 2050, and the promise of $100 billion a year to help the poorest countries green their economies.

Purpose of the session

Many of the discussions will be intended to drive action from finance, investors and businesses, and how they can drive progress towards tackling climate change.

During the evidence session on Thursday, MPs will be scrutinising this work to date and how the coronavirus outbreak is impacting on the necessary negotiations and preparations. It will also consider what other areas of environmental policy the outbreak is affecting.


Thursday 14 May 

At 9.30am

  • Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Nigel Topping, UK Climate Action Champion

Further information

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