COP26 officially takes place between 31 October – 12 November 2021.
Boris Johnson ‘very worried’ about Cop26 outcome as he names and shames Coca-Cola
‘I’m very worried, because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need’
Boris Johnson has said he is “very worried” about the outcome of the Cop26, the United Nations Climate Change Conference being held in Glasgow from Sunday.
And he has named and shamed Coca-Cola as one of the ‘big 12’ producers of plastic pollution.
The Prime Minister described it as being “touch and go” whether Cop26 would be a success. Answering questions from schoolchildren in Downing Street, Mr Johnson, said: “We need as many people as possible to go to net zero so that they are not producing too much carbon dioxide by the middle of the century.
“Now, I think it can be done. It’s going to be very, very tough, this summit. And I’m very worried, because it might go wrong and we might not get the agreements that we need.
“It’s touch and go.”
He also said that while meeting the goals of Cop26 would be “very, very difficult” he added “I think it can be done”.
Boris Johnson told schoolchildren in Downing Street: “If you look at what the UK has done, we’ve cut our own C02 emissions massively, we’ve cut coal emissions massively.”
Mr Johnson chose to host a press conference with children ahead of “perhaps the most important summit that this country has had in our lifetimes”.
Boris Johnson named and shamed Coca-Cola as being one of 12 corporations “producing the overwhelming bulk of the world’s plastics”.
He told a children’s press conference on the climate crisis: “There are about 12 companies at the moment, 12 big corporations, that are producing the overwhelming bulk of the world’s plastics.
“Big famous drinks companies that you may know but I won’t name. I don’t know why not, but I won’t name them.
“Coca-Cola, for instance, and others, which are responsible for producing huge quantities of plastic, and we’ve got to move away from that and we’ve got to find other ways of packaging and selling our stuff.”
Mr Johnson also welcomed Australia’s commitment to a 2050 net zero target.
“That was actually very difficult for Australia because Australia’s very heavily dependent on coal, on lots of carbon-producing industries and they’ve done a heroic thing, the Australians, in getting to that commitment,” he told schoolchildren in Downing Street.
“I hope that they will be joined by lots more countries in that region for the Cop summit.”
There was a lot of “peer pressure” at the summit, with countries following the example of friends and neighbours, he said.
But “it’s very, very far from clear that we will get the progress that we need”, he warned.
The Prime Minister said Cop26 in Glasgow would be “one of the defining summits of our time”.
He told the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) business and investment summit: “Cop26 marks our last best chance to begin the global push to net zero.
“And if we can use that opportunity to deliver real, substantive action on coal, cars, cash and trees, then I really do believe that we can not only keep temperature increases below 1.5 degrees, but also usher in a worldwide green industrial revolution – growing economies by cutting emissions.
“There’s no choice to be made between going green and creating jobs – they are two sides of the same coin.
“And there’s no doubt at all that green investment is the future.”
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