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The main challenge of COP26 in Scotland will be to curb global warming

Starting today and for the next two weeks, the world leaders meet in Glasgow, Scotland, with the aim of achieving new commitments to stop global warming; in this sense, the European Union (EU) it has placed this issue as its top priority.

Behind the opening of COP26, this October 31, the british government will have two weeks of meetings to persuade some 200 countries to do more to reduce their carbon emissions, in order to contain global warming below 1.5 ° C compared to the pre-industrial era, an ambitious threshold set in 2015 at the Paris Agreement.

The EU ambassador to Mexico, Gautier Mignot, made it clear to The Herald of Mexico that “not only the United States and the European bloc, but all the influential countries of the world, such as Mexico, have a fundamental role to play.

“Mexico’s commitments are not only valid for emission reductions, they are valid because they are a pressure, an example towards other nations andn Latin America and the rest of the world.

“If Mexico does it, the Chinese can do the same or even more; But if there are countries that do not make an effort, that is an excuse for large emitters such as Russia or China nor take environmental commitments, “he said.

In this sense, since 2019 the bloc adopted the Green Pact, a strategy for the preservation of the planet, where all its environmental public policies are aligned, with the aim of becoming the first neutral continent in polluting emissions by 2050.

The ambassador pointed out that the “Green Pact not only aims to combat climate change, but also other global environmental challenges such as the preservation of biodiversity and the care of ecosystems.”

“It is our recovery agenda in the post-pandemic era, with an investment plan of 750 billion euros, which is called Next Generation EU and has as its focus the acceleration of the green transition,” explained Mignot.

Part of the EU effort in the fight against climate change addresses the regulation of single-use plastic, as of July 3, 2021, plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and single-use plastic cotton buds use may not be placed on the market in the Member States.

“It is how we want to set an example, lead and incite other countries in the world, such as Mexico, and it is part of a broader challenge called ‘circular economy’, to prevent products such as plastic from being recycled, because it takes time centuries to biodegrade, “he said.

The challenge of COP26 is that “all countries raise their ambition of commitments to get closer to the path that allows us to limit the average temperature increase to 1.5 ° C between now and the end of the century, for that we have to set new goals” , he highlighted.

BY ISRAEL LÓPEZ GUTIÉRREZ

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