What happened at COP26 and why it’s not just government commitments that matter

There are mixed feelings coming out of the COP26. On the one hand, there were multiple new agreements and declarations that progress in the fight against climate change. On the other, they do not yet go far enough: we’re only just keeping the 1.5°C scenario alive. Pre-COP 26, we were on course for 2.7°C warming and the announcements during the conference put us somewhere between 1.8 °C and 2.4°C, depending on which study and organisation you believe. Of course, the devil is in the detail and the implementation. There is an enormous amount of work to be done to convert these commitments into action and to work out how these commitments will be policed.

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Diversity remains high on the agenda

With newspapers and inboxes dominated by COP26 news flow, we will wait until the two-week event is finished before we reflect on the many commitments, the potential disappointments and what impact it will all have. Instead, we are writing about gender diversity, a topic we have not touched on since the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

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Sustainable investment in Switzerland

The fourth Swiss Sustainable Investment Market Study, jointly prepared by Swiss Sustainable Finance (SSF) and the Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth at the University of Zurich, was released this week. The aim of this study is to give an in-depth overview into the dynamics of sustainable investments in Switzerland, pointing out the new trends and identifying where challenges and opportunities may lie ahead for investors.

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IEA’s Net Zero Scenario

A few months ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), the International Energy Agency (IEA) has published its global roadmap for limiting global warming to 1.5°C and achieving net zero carbon dioxide emissions by 2050, and the recommended measures are drastic.

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