COP26 in Glasgow is an important moment in the fight against climate change; an opportunity to define the latest rules of the Paris Agreement after the slow progress of the past few years, in a year full of events significant for environmental policies, both within and outside The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). A good part of the results in Glasgow will depend on the ability of states to relaunch their economies with post-pandemic stimulus packages that support the transformation of current development models, the adaptation of infrastructure necessary for the energy transition and green industrial policies.
While in recent times the European Union led by Ursula von der Leyen has significantly accelerated the fight against climate change with the European Green Deal and the Biden administration is slowly trying to rebuild its climate leadership, positive moves by the great and heterogeneous Asian continent remain crucial and current steps taken are uncertain. In 2020, China and India accounted for 36 percent of global emissions. It is estimated that China will generate 40 percent of the increase in emissions between 2020 and 2052 in a business-as-usual scenario, and India 15 percent, figures that clearly demonstrate the need for a sharp climate turnaround in Asia in the short, medium and long term.