THE UNITED KINGDOM will work alongside India, Germany, Canada and the United Arab Emirates to create new markets for low carbon steel and concrete.
It is part of the new Deep Decarbonization Industrial Initiative (IDDI), to be unveiled on today’s Science and Innovation Day (November 9) at COP26.
As part of the initiative, member governments will disclose the embedded carbon of large public buildings by 2025 at the latest.
They also pledged to achieve net zero in major public construction steels and concrete by 2050, as well as work on emissions reductions for 2030 which will be announced next year.
The event will also see other commitments revealed, including commitments to accelerate innovation and low-carbon transitions in industry, and to increase the resilience of vulnerable communities on the front lines of climate change.
UK Government Chief Scientific Adviser Sir Patrick Vallance will be attending the event. It will underline the â€œcriticalâ€ role of science and innovation in enabling â€œeachâ€ country to access the tools necessary to reduce emissions â€œimmediatelyâ€.
Sir Patrick Vallance commented: â€œThe facts are clear: we need to limit warming to 1.5 Â° C. Thanks to science, it is doable – the technologies are already available. Investment in research and development will provide new clean technologies, while policies to create markets will ensure their deployment.
â€œAt the same time, science will help us adapt to the impacts of climate change we are already seeing around the world and transform our economies. Through research and innovation, we will adjust critical systems and ensure continued safety, security and prosperity. “