The Middle East’s engagement with COP26, and the steps taken by the region’s governments to tackle climate change, were centre stage in an Asia House briefing with Janet Rogan, COP26 Regional Ambassador for the Middle East and Africa, on 15 September.
Speaking from Paris, Rogan outlined the UK government’s objectives for November’s COP26 summit in Glasgow, and her work liaising with Middle East governments to encourage policy change across a range of areas, including renewables, updating emissions targets, climate resilience, and afforestation.
Asia House Chief Executive Michael Lawrence, who chaired the event, then opened the discussion up to Corporate Members dialling in from the Middle East and around the world. Rogan was asked about the private sector’s role in encouraging the Middle East’s energy transition; regional financing of Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) technologies; the GCC’s approach to decarbonisation; and the role of green finance and encouraging ESG reporting in reducing the region’s emissions.
The off-the-record briefing, convened as part of the Asia House COP26 Programme, gave Asia House Corporate Members working-level insights into the work of Middle East governments on adopting green policies and provided a timely opportunity to engage with a senior UK government official at the heart of preparations for COP26.
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