Mobilizing trillions in climate finance at COP26

The real significance of major financial pledges made in Glasgow.

Climate finance has been center stage at COP26. Meeting the globe’s climate goals will require mobilizing trillions of public and private dollars. So what exactly does that look like?

During the first week of the U.N. climate summit, 450 financial institutions with a combined $130 trillion in assets under management pledged to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. The announcement from the Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero led by U.N. Special Envoy Mark Carney represents a massive commitment to shift funds out of fossil fuels and into creating sustainable economies.

But will the promise live up to the hype? We break down the significance of this and other major finance pledges made at COP26 with Justin Guay, director for global climate strategy at the Sunrise Project.

Plus, a commitment from wealthy countries to spend $100 billion per year on helping poorer nations mitigate and adapt to climate change remains a sticking point in the global climate negotiations. But even if rich nations deliver more money in climate aid, many countries will see little benefit because they face enormous hurdles accessing the funds available.

In the second half of this episode, we speak to Benjamin Bartle, project director with RMI’s Climate Finance Access Network, about what it really takes to put these climate dollars to work.

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