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COP26 delivered much progress but we must continue the momentum if we want to keep "1.5 alive"

I was privileged to join the activity around COP26 in Glasgow where Hitachi Ltd. took a Principal Partner role.

Whilst COP26 achieved more than any previous conference in relative terms, in absolute terms it still fell short of limiting global carbon emissions to 1.5 degrees C.

But I find hope from the event all the same. With an agreement to return to the table annually, instead of every five years, there is the opportunity for us to continue to find new ways to bring the emissions down. New policies, new technologies, new opportunity for progress.

The annual rhythm could also help drive greater transparency in reporting progress, and highlight areas of weakness.

The main lesson for me is that we have to continue the momentum.

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