UK COP26 Energy Transition Council

Last updated: 2 August 2023

In the lead-up to COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021, the UK government, in its role as COP26 Presidency, announced that it would launch the COP26 Energy Transition Council, which will support developing countries as they transition away from coal to cleaner sources of electricity. The Council will use its platform to increase co-operation among governments and institutions to find solutions to address the technical, economic and social dimensions of clean energy transitions. Priority areas identified by the Council include: promoting clean power as the preferred choice for new generation capacity, developing policy frameworks to attract private investment into clean energy, supporting coal-dependent communities secure a just transition, and ensuring universal access to sustainable, affordable energy. The Council is chaired by COP26 President, Alok Sharma, and the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative for Sustainable Energy, Damilola Ogunbiyi. The first meeting of the Council took place in December 2020, attended by ministers and senior officials from 21 countries and international organisations. 

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