Dec 14, 2021 - Energy & Environment

John Kerry hints at plans for post-COP26 summit

Image of John Kerry shaking British MP Tobias Elwood's hand.
John Kerry leaves 10 Downing Street with British MP Tobias Elwood (R) on Dec. 8, 2021. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/Getty Images

John Kerry, the U.S. climate envoy, offered a hint about plans for a multilateral meeting this spring aimed at accelerating emissions-cutting efforts.

Driving the news: "In April next year, we’re going to be having a summit on the subject of increased mitigation," Kerry tells Euractiv.

  • He didn't offer details, but it followed remarks about efforts via the U.S.-led Major Economies Forum on Energy and Climate.
  • A State Department official confirmed discussions but also did not provide details.

Why it matters: The big United Nations climate summit last month brought a wealth of new nonbinding commitments.

  • The big question is what concrete steps nations are taking to transform them into tangible policy.
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