Sunak to make renewables pledge at COP27

UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is set to pledge to increase the country’s transition to renewable energy when he addresses the UN COP27 summit today.

The announcement is somewhat surprising, given that Sunak made a last-minute decision only on 2 November to attend the talks, having earlier said he would not be going. 

He will tell politicians and business leaders at the event that Britain will work with international allies to speed up its move to cleaner sources of energy, after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine made the need to do so even more pressing.

“Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and contemptible manipulation of energy prices has only reinforced the importance of ending our dependence on fossil fuels,” Sunak said in a statement issued by his office.

“We need to move further and faster to transition to renewable energy, and I will ensure the UK is at the forefront of this global movement.”

Britain hosted last year’s COP26 summit in Glasgow and Sunak will urge leaders to stick to promises they made then. He will hold meetings on energy security, green technology and environmental protection, as well as chairing a discussion on forests and nature.

On Friday (4 November) Sunak praised King Charles for his “far-sighted leadership” on tackling climate change as the monarch hosted a reception at Buckingham Palace for international figures, including US special climate envoy John Kerry.