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Amid geopolitical discord and energy market turbulence, will much-needed climate pledges survive?



As nations and delegates gather in the Egyptian city of Sharm El-Sheikh for the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP27), the climate agenda has never seemed so pressing and yet under such threat. While record-breaking extreme weather events and soaring temperatures demonstrated the impact of global warming during 2022, the geopolitics around tackling greenhouse gas emissions has been clouded by the global surge in inflation and energy prices and rising international tensions in the wake of Russia's invasion of Ukraine. With some nations turning to fossil fuels to address short-term energy security fears, concerns have grown that long-term climate pledges will suffer as leading nations wrestle with economies still struggling in the face of Covid-19 aftershocks.

With last year's COP26 summit in Glasgow failing to live up to high expectations, the focus this November will be on whether leading nations have a chance to keep climate action on track to retain hope of limiting the rise in global temperatures to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.

In response, our dedicated COP27 hub will track the key developments by providing resources and analysis, with a particular focus on impacts for the energy industry, a sector in the frontline of tackling the climate crisis. From regional overviews and sectorial deep dives to timely analysis and accessible rich media - we have you covered.

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