12 November 2021

The CapX Podcast: Good COP? Bad COP?


For the last two weeks the great and the good have descended on Glasgow to try to thrash out a climate deal at what’s been billed everywhere as a ‘make or break’ COP26 get-together.

For those of you who aren’t familiar with the acronym COP stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’, which since 1995 has been the UN’s annual get-together to discuss all things climate change. Indeed, the Kyoto Protocol and the Paris Agreement were both signed at previous COPs.

It’s also a pretty big deal for Boris Johnson, so much so that he appointed a dedicated minister, Alok Sharma, to oversee the conference. And, of course, this being a climate change conference, the usual crusties and superglue enthusiasts wondered the streets of Glasgow shouting about how we’re all going to hell in a handcart.

So what’s the result of all this summitry and politicking? To find out, CapX editor John Ashmore and deputy editor Alys Denby talked to one of the stars of the market environmentalist movement, Eamonn Ives, the head of Energy and Environment at our parent organisation, the Centre for Policy Studies.

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John Ashmore is Editor of CapX.