In addition to COVID-19, climate change was one of the headline issues at the G7 summit in Cornwall over the weekend of 11-13 June 2021. The leaders of some of the world's richest nations, whose average carbon footprint per person is thought to be double the global average (triple for the US and Canada), made several climate-focused pledges, but critics claim that the detail of how to achieve them, and the finance needed to do so, were both missing.
With COP26 only five months away, the G7 meeting was seen as an opportunity to set the tone for the climate discussions to take place in Glasgow in November of this year. A virtual meeting of the G7 environment and climate ministers held in late May resulted in several joint commitments which were repeated or fleshed out in the final G7 Communiqué. These included reaffirming the Paris Agreement commitment for developed countries to mobilise US$100bn annually through to 2025 to support developing countries build resilience to climate impacts, and supporting the transition to a net zero economy with a focus on energy, mobility and innovation.