Robeco - Good cop, bad cop? Our hopes for real action at COP26

09/08/2021

Switzerland, September 08, 2021 -- The most important conference on climate change is about to take place, six years after the Paris Agreement was signed. So what do we expect from COP26? Will it be a good COP... or a bad COP? We think it all depends on whether the participants realize the true extent of the crisis we're in.

The 26th edition of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - rather more simply known as COP26 - takes place in Glasgow, Scotland from 1-12 November. Attended by leaders from all over the world, it will be the first formal review of countries' climate policies since the landmark Paris Agreement of 2015.

It comes after the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued its starkest warning yet that tackling global warming is 'code red' for humanity. The report, issued on August 9, warned that the Earth had already warmed by 1.09 degrees Celsius since 1850, and the effects were being seen with raging wildfires, increasingly extreme weather and melting ice caps.

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About Robeco

Robeco is an international asset manager offering an extensive range of active investments, from equities to bonds. Research lies at the heart of everything we do, with a 'pioneering but cautious' approach that has been in our DNA since our foundation in Rotterdam in 1929. We believe strongly in sustainability investing, quantitative techniques and constant innovation. 

As Investment Engineers, we have placed the acquisition of knowledge at our core ever since our first director said "every investment strategy should be research-driven". Through the unique integration of three types of research - Fundamental, Sustainable and Quantitative - we can offer ground-breaking investment strategies to our clients.