Results: Best Negotiator Award

Three long, intense, learning-intensive days have passed. In addition to the phenomenal achievement of having passed a COP 26 Zoom City resolution by all Delegates, some Delegations stood out and won the Best Negotiator Award. Congratulations to: Canada, Russia, Algeria and Cuba! Continue reading Results: Best Negotiator Award

COP26 successfully concluded in Zoom City!

After the official final plenary session of this year’s COP26 CEMS MUNFCCC, the ZCCG is happy to announce that the Parties have agreed on an ambitious resolution which can be found below. Your ZCCG journalists have also collected and commented the most important points for you in the following. Continue reading COP26 successfully concluded in Zoom City!

Increased inclination to come to a consensus

In the last Mitigation working group session before the final votes in the plenary this afternoon, steady progress can be reported. Productive negotiations seem to have taken place during the coffee break so that the last working group session is marked by many articles being voted on with 100% agreement. Overall, the topics aviation and shipping are less controversial than some other topics discussed concerning … Continue reading Increased inclination to come to a consensus

Steady progress in Market Mechanism working group

Where the first day of negotiations was filled with disagreements and heated discussions, the delegates seem to have come to agreements overnight. During the first working groups session of Saturday, even the controversial articles of REDD+ were agreed upon. The Russian Federation and the majority of parties were not able to convince the opposing parties to agree on including developed countries into the REDD+ program, … Continue reading Steady progress in Market Mechanism working group

Poland as the Fossil of Day 2?

Yesterday, ZCCG reported that Australia had been awarded the fossil of the day award. Today, Poland would be spearheading the race towards the fossil award if the award was awarded a second time. In the Mitigation working group, Poland has so far been unable to agree to a carbon neutrality target although all other countries supported a proposal that reads as follows: Developed countries pledge … Continue reading Poland as the Fossil of Day 2?

Cyber attack on COP26?

++ BREAKING NEWS ++ Heated debates are currently taking place in Working Group 1 on Mitigation. In these crucial final hours of the COP26, technical problems occured: The Working Chair screen was frozen just like a delegate from Russia. After having reported on a potential cyber attack on Senior Adviros Hiroshimo Fukuyama before the conference, this seems to be the second potential cyber attack. ZCCG … Continue reading Cyber attack on COP26?

Breaking news: Hydrogen explosion in Australia

This morning’s Zoom City Climate News was interrupted by breaking news from Australia. A huge hydrogen power plant exploded in the Canberra area. Severe damage has been done to the area. Houses got destroyed, critical infrastructure got damaged and many lives were lost. Experts estimate the costs to exceed over 180 billion US dollar, an amount similar to the Fukushima catastrophe and double the amount … Continue reading Breaking news: Hydrogen explosion in Australia

REDD+ puts parties in stalemate

On the first day of COP26, the most controversial topic for working group Market Mechanism has been the REDD+ initiative. The majority, led by delegates of the Russian Federation, aims to include developed countries into the program, which was originally intended to prevent deforestation in developing countries. However, delegates from countries such as the USA and Canada are opposing this proposition, stating REDD+ should remain … Continue reading REDD+ puts parties in stalemate

Progress (but also ongoing controversies) in the last working group session of Day 1

The Mitigation working group started into the last session of Day 1 by agreeing on an article pledging for no new investments in coal from 2025 onwards, with a 50% decline in coal energy consumed by 2033-2036 and full phase out by 2049, however conditional to sufficient technical and financial support. IRENA welcomes this agreement. The USA seems to truly be back in the game … Continue reading Progress (but also ongoing controversies) in the last working group session of Day 1

NGOs Clarify: “Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Are Not Necessary for the Energy Transition – 98% of Today’s Hydrogen Not Green”

In their event, NGOs fought against the misinformation from the more powerful lobby groups. In an interactive quiz, they revealed that 38% of the delegates, who attended the NGO event, believed that nuclear energy and/or hydrogen were necessary for a 100% renewable energy transition. “This is not true,” the NGOs informed, “we can reach a 100% renewable energy transition without nuclear energy and hydrogen.” © … Continue reading NGOs Clarify: “Hydrogen and Nuclear Energy Are Not Necessary for the Energy Transition – 98% of Today’s Hydrogen Not Green”

Highly controversial debates on dates for peak emissions and coal phase out

While the first Mitigation working group session started off with high aspirations, the second working group session proved highly difficult. As much as the distinguished delegates seemed to lean towards the 1.5°C goal in the first session, as much disagreement the parties exhibited when it comes to defining dates for peak emissions and coal phase out. After going back and forth over the same articles, … Continue reading Highly controversial debates on dates for peak emissions and coal phase out

The environmental NGOs’ response to our exclusive interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP

After having published an exclusive interview with Felix Prinz earlier, we would also like to give the floor to the environmental NGOs present at this COP26: We strongly disagree with the distinguished delegate of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers. Hydrogen technology has not matured yet. It will take years, probably a decade, to mature the technology which will incur great financial costs, … Continue reading The environmental NGOs’ response to our exclusive interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP

Clarification needed: Vital distinction between “GCF” and “Climate Financing”

Within the second session of the working group Adaptation, delegates fought over the distinction between ‘climate finance’ and ‘GCF’. An important clarification is necessary by the ZCCG! The GCF does not equal to 100bn climate financing! The difference is explained in this article. Continue reading Clarification needed: Vital distinction between “GCF” and “Climate Financing”

Spending before receiving? REDD+ initiative creates discord among delegates

The working group Market Mechanism has started off negotiations by discussing the REDD+ initiative, originally created to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation in developing countries. In a surprising turn of events, Russia proposed to extend the REDD+ beyond developing countries, to include developed countries that hold significant land mass consisting of forest. The delegate from Russia stated that forests are the lungs of … Continue reading Spending before receiving? REDD+ initiative creates discord among delegates

An outlook on COP26: “What are your main goals and expectations, distinguished working group chairs?”

Your favorite climate newspaper, the ZCCG, exclusively reached out to all eight distinguished working group (WG) chairs. We asked about their expectations and main goals for the upcoming WG1, WG2, WG3 and WG4 negotiations, which we herewith happily share. Continue reading An outlook on COP26: “What are your main goals and expectations, distinguished working group chairs?”

Brasil: Official statement by President Jair Bolsonaro

[Press release by the Governo Federal do Brasil. 14th May 2021] Jair Bolsonaro, President of the República Federativa do Brasil, warmly welcomes the Distinguished Delegates from all over the world to the COP26 MUNFCCC negotiations and recognizes the opportunity to – once again – limit the effects of climate change on people, economies and nature. The President expresses his regret that he is not able … Continue reading Brasil: Official statement by President Jair Bolsonaro

Exclusive Interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP: “We will do everything to support countries with green technology”

Exclusively for the ZCCG, Felix Prinz, the newly elected president of the International Association of Oil and Gas Producers, was available for an interview during COP26 in Zoom City. Progressive statements have been made. Continue reading Exclusive Interview with Felix Prinz, IOGP: “We will do everything to support countries with green technology”

COP26 delegates welcomed by Zoom City

On the evening of May 13th 2021, delegates from all around the world arrived in Zoom City and familiarised themselves with the virtual conference premises for the upcoming two days. Despite many delegates having visited Zoom City before, the conference premises are special and even required a survival guide. Capable senior advisers guided the delegates smoothly through and were always available to help out with … Continue reading COP26 delegates welcomed by Zoom City

UN Senior Advisor Hiroshimo Fukuyama targeted by cyber attack

As the CEMS UNFCCC conference is about to start and preparations are in full swing, an anonymous source leaked a scandalous piece of information to your distinguished journalists: UN Senior Advisor Hiroshimo Fukuyama was targeted by a cyber attack. It is still unclear how successful the attack has been, but it hints at the vulnerability of online conferencing. Will cyber attacks also occur during COP26 … Continue reading UN Senior Advisor Hiroshimo Fukuyama targeted by cyber attack

2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) – Zoom City

Zoom City is proud to announce that it is hosting the CEMS UNFCCC for the second year! The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC, originally planned to take place in Glasgow, UK, in 2020 will take place from May 13-15, 2021 on the digital platform Zoom. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the COP Bureau decided to accept Zoom … Continue reading 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (UNFCCC COP 26) – Zoom City