Konferenz06.11.2021, Glasgow

COP26 Side Event: “Beyond Climate Neutrality: Using LTS to Chart an Equitable Path for a Resilient Planet”

Long-term low emission development strategies (LTS), as under Article 4.19 of the Paris Agreement, can be a key instrument to implementing the Paris Agreement, if equity considerations are taken into account. To reach global climate stabilization, it is crucial that countries develop long-term visions, goals and strategic guidelines for climate policy, embedded in the wider sustainability agenda.

    Such LTS can provide orientation for ambitious short-term climate policy, climate finance, Covid-19 recovery, private investment and equity measures. They can become a basis for international cooperation on transformation pathways. Core priorities should include stopping fossil CO2 emissions, strengthening the biosphere, developing CO2 removal strategies and adapting to climate change.

    LTS submissions by most developed countries set a “net-zero goal” around mid-century. Beyond this, meaningful contributions to global climate stabilization should become the focus for LTS. Furthermore, Article 7.2 of the Paris Agreement recognizes the key role of adaptation in the long-term global response to climate change, which is not adequately reflected in current LTS. Long-term climate actions need to address both mitigation and adaptation.

    To highlight these issues for the COP26, The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), TERI School of Advanced Studies, German Advisory Council on Global Change (WBGU), WiseEuropa - The Warsaw Institute for Economic and European Studies Foundation (WiseEuropa), and Ecologic Institute are organizing a UNFCCC official side event.

    The objective is to support a decision at the COP26 on LTS: the formulation and review of national LTS, geared towards adaptation and global climate stabilization and consistent with the sustainability agenda and other LTS, should become a perpetual process. The event will showcase research initiatives by the organizers. From TERI, this event will see the launch of COP26 Charter of Actions.

    The event will include short input presentations and comments, followed by a moderated discussion with the audience. It will be fully virtual for the audience; while access to the official COP26 Side Events online platform is restricted to accredited participants, there will also be a publicly available livestream and recording on youtube.

    Speakers and Panelists (updated)

    • Vibha Dhawan, Director General, TERI
    • Rameshwar Prasad Gupta, Secretary, Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Government of India (tbc)
    • Shailly Kedia, Associate Director, Sustainable Development and Outreach, TERI
    • Karen Pittel, Chair, WBGU and Director, Center for Energy, Climate and Exhaustible Resources, University of Munich
    • Aleksander Sniegocki, Head of the Energy, Climate and Environment Programme, WISE Europa, Climate Recon 2050
    • Marta Torres-Gunfaus, Senior Research Fellow, Climate and Energy, IDDRI
    • Mahendra Singhi, Managing Director & CEO, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd
    • Eklabya Sharma, Vice-Chancellor, TERI School of Advanced Studies


    • RR Rashmi, Distinguished Fellow, TERI