Prague Climate Talks 2021 – debates about climate change

We are happy to announce the continuation of the Prague Climate Talks project – a platform for high-level discussion on the complex issue of climate change. The project will again host a series of debates with experts, professionals from varying relevant fields and the general public.

US back in business: what to expect from US climate policy?  (29. 4. 2021) | Facebook Event | Background Paper | Video recording

One of the first moves of Joe Biden upon his inauguration in January 2021 was to officially bring the United States back among the signatories of the Paris Agreement. He has also announced a plan to get the US on track to becoming carbon neutral by 2050 and to fully decarbonize the country’s power sector by 2035. These goals are accompanied by an unprecedented climate investment plan of $2 trillion.

With the world’s second largest emitter back in business, what geopolitical implications can we expect? What impact will it have on EU’s climate and foreign policy? Will other major economies such as Russia or China follow suit?

Fit for 55: turning EU’s climate goals into reality  (1. 6. 2021)

In December 2020, all Member States have unanimously agreed to increase the EU’s 2030 emission reduction target from 40 percent to at least 55 percent compared to 1990 levels. In June 2021, the European Commission is expected to unveil its major package of climate and energy legislation updates to put the EU on track of reaching its new climate goal within the upcoming decade.

What reforms can we expect to be included in this package? What will be the most challenging ones to agree upon among the Member States and the European Parliament? What will the package mean for the Czech Republic?

Climate as a topic of the Czech elections  (9. 9. 2021)

At the beginning of October, Czech citizens will head to the polls to select their new national government. While the socio-economic impacts of the pandemic will rightly feature as one of the predominant electoral issues, the topic of climate change and its impacts have climbed up to national importance over the past years.

Where do the main parties stand on climate policy? Will environmental topics such as draught, degradation of forests or air pollution be decisive factors for the voters? What should be the first steps of the new government with regards to climate and environmental protection?

COP26: what can we expect?  (5. 10. 2021)

After having to be postponed due to the pandemic, the 26th UN climate conference will take place in November in Glasgow, UK. It will be the most important conference since the Paris Agreement was concluded in 2015, as all the signatories should present their updated Nationally Determined Contributions to match their Paris commitments.

What is the state of play among the most emitting countries? What role will the EU, the UK and the US play in the international negotiations? What role will the post-pandemic recovery play? Can the global community come together to limit the worst effects of climate change?

 

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The project is co-organised by EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy in cooperation with Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung Prague and under the auspices of the UN Information Centre Prague. Media partner is Deník N.

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Kateřina Davidová
Research Fellow

Expertise: EU climate and energy policy, environmental protection