COP26 World Leaders Summit: Statement on the Breakthrough Agenda 

By Climate Champions | November 2, 2021

Today, at COP26 in Glasgow, the countries listed below launched the Breakthrough Agenda  – a commitment to work together internationally this decade to accelerate the development and deployment of the clean technologies and sustainable solutions needed to meet our Paris Agreement goals, ensuring they are affordable and accessible for all.

The 2020s must be a decade of delivery across all major emitting sectors. While we  acknowledge our different national circumstances, we will endeavour to work together in each  sector, including through public-private collaboration and by mobilising finance at scale, to  make the global transition to a clean economy faster, lower cost and easier for all, while  making solutions to adaptation more affordable and inclusive.

This is essential to meeting the Paris Agreement goals, including holding the increase in the  global average temperature to well below 2°C and pursuing efforts to limit it to 1.5°C, noting  that the science shows further acceleration of efforts is needed if we are to collectively keep  1.5°C within reach, which will prevent the worst effects of climate change, especially for the  most vulnerable countries.

The benefits of this Agenda go beyond tackling climate change alone. Our ambition is to  catalyse the growth of markets, jobs and economic development globally for clean  technologies and sustainable solutions, support the achievement of the UN Sustainable  Development Goals, strengthen the climate resilience of our societies and realise multiple co benefits such as cleaner air, water and better health.

As a first step under this Agenda, we are launching the Glasgow Breakthroughs – global goals  that aim to make clean technologies and sustainable solutions the most affordable, accessible  and attractive option in each emitting sector globally before 2030.

We intend to discuss this Agenda in the future at relevant leader level events and consider  how it could further support global efforts to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement. To support  this intention, starting in 2022, we invite responsible Ministers to review global progress,  including at Mission Innovation and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings, informed by an annual  report, led by the International Energy Agency, working in collaboration with IRENA, the United  Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry  leaders as appropriate.

We invite all other States to join the Breakthrough Agenda.

Endorsed by: 

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Cabo Verde

Chile

China

Denmark

Egypt

European Union

Finland

France

Germany

Guinea Bissau

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

North Macedonia

Norway

Malta

Mauritania

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Panama

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Senegal

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United Arab Emirates United Kingdom

United States of America

The Glasgow Breakthroughs

POWER 

Breakthrough: Clean power is the most affordable and reliable option for all countries  to meet their power needs efficiently by 2030.  

Global metrics: We invite the IEA, working in collaboration with IRENA and the United  Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry  leaders, to lead an assessment of global progress towards this breakthrough, including  reporting on evidence of the following:

  1. Annual capacity additions of clean energy (on grid and distributed), including as a  share of global total electricity generation.
  2. Investments in both the research, development and demonstration and deployment  of clean power, enabling technology, and grids, including as a share of total power  investment globally.
  3. Evidence that power systems can integrate very high levels of variable renewable  energy (including up to 100%) in different geographies and climates whilst  maintaining a cost-efficient, secure and resilient system.
  4. Rate of annual energy efficiency improvement (including for key products sold  globally).
  5. Relative cost, affordability and accessibility of clean power technologies (compared  to alternatives).

Leading initiatives for international collaboration: As well as working through relevant  international institutions and region-specific initiatives, we note the importance of the  following global initiatives to making progress towards and coordinating activities towards  this breakthrough goal:

  • Breakthrough Energy Catalyst
  • C40 Cities’ Clean Energy Network
  • Clean Energy Ministerial’s Super-Efficient Equipment and Appliance Deployment  (SEAD) initiative
  • Climate Group’s EP100
  • RE100, led by Climate Group in partnership with CDP
  • Efficiency for Access Coalition
  • Energy Transition Council
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy1
  • Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet
  • Global Power System Transformation Consortium
  • Green Grids initiative – One Sun, One World, One Grid
  • International Smart Grid Action Network
  • Mission Innovation Green Powered Future Mission

1 Proposed – subject to agreement of countries

  • Sustainable Energy for All (SEforALL) 2

We invite all relevant international initiatives to align with this breakthrough. Participants: 

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Chile

Denmark

Egypt

European Union

Finland

France

Germany

Guinea Bissau

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Lithuania

North Macedonia

Norway

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Nigeria

Panama

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

2 Proposed – subject to agreement of countries

ROAD TRANSPORT 

Breakthrough: Zero emission vehicles are the new normal and accessible, affordable,  and sustainable in all regions by 2030. 

Global metrics: We invite the IEA, working in collaboration with IRENA and the United  Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry  leaders, to lead an assessment of global progress towards this breakthrough, including  reporting on evidence of the following:

  1. Share of new light- and heavy-duty vehicle sales that are zero emission. 2. Amount of available recharging infrastructure for zero emission vehicles.  3. Investments in both the research, development and demonstration and the

deployment of zero emission vehicles and of key components such as batteries. 4. Relative cost, affordability and accessibility of zero emission vehicles and of key  components such as batteries (compared to alternatives).

Leading initiatives for international collaboration: As well as working through relevant  international institutions and region-specific initiatives, we note the importance of the  following global initiatives to making progress towards and coordinating activities towards  this breakthrough goal:

  • Clean Energy Ministerial’s Electric Vehicle Initiative
  • Climate Group’s EV100 and Route Zero
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Transport Decarbonisation Alliance
  • Zero Emission Vehicle Transition Council

We invite all relevant international initiatives to align with this breakthrough. Participants:

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Egypt

European Union

Finland

France

Germany

Guinea Bissau

India

Ireland

Israel

Japan

Latvia

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Norway

Malta

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Panama

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Sweden

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

STEEL 

Breakthrough: Near-zero emission steel is the preferred choice in global markets, with  efficient use and near-zero emission steel production established and growing in  every region by 2030. 

Global metrics: We invite the IEA, working in collaboration with IRENA and the United  Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry  leaders, to lead an assessment of global progress towards this breakthrough, including  reporting on evidence of the following:

  1. Number of near-zero emission steel plants in operation and under development, and  total global near-zero emission steel production capacity.
  2. Share of global steel production covered by near zero emission steel standards. 3. Investments in both the research, development and demonstration and deployment  of near zero emissions steel technologies.
  3. Relative cost, affordability and accessibility of near-zero emission steel and relevant  technologies (compared to alternatives).

Leading initiatives for international collaboration: As well as working through relevant  international institutions and region-specific initiatives, we note the importance of the  following global initiatives to making progress towards and coordinating activities towards  this breakthrough goal:

  • Clean Energy Ministerial’s Industrial Deep Decarbonisation Initiative • Climate Group’s SteelZero
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Leadership Group for Industry Transition (LeadIT)
  • Mission Innovation Industry Mission
  • Mission Possible Partnership’s Net-Zero Steel Initiative
  • Responsible Steel

We invite all relevant international initiatives to align with this breakthrough. Participants:

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Denmark

Egypt

European Union

Finland

France

Germany

Guinea Bissau

India

Ireland

Israel

Japan

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Norway

Morocco

Namibia

New Zealand

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

HYDROGEN 

Breakthrough: Affordable renewable and low carbon hydrogen is globally available by  2030. 

Global Metrics: We invite the IEA, working in collaboration with IRENA and the United  Nations High Level Climate Action Champions, and other institutions, bodies and industry  leaders, to lead an assessment of global progress towards this breakthrough, including  reporting on evidence of the following:

  1. Production cost, and cost at point of supply, of renewable and low carbon hydrogen  (and affordability and accessibility compared to alternatives).
  2. Volume of renewable and low carbon hydrogen production globally.  3. Greenhouse gas abatement, across the full value chain, from the production and  take-up of renewable and low carbon hydrogen.
  3. Investments in the research, development and demonstration and deployment, of  renewable and low-carbon hydrogen technologies.

Leading initiatives for international collaboration: As well as working through relevant  international institutions and region-specific initiatives, we note the importance of the  following global initiatives to making progress towards and coordinating activities towards this breakthrough goal:

  • Breakthrough Energy Catalyst
  • Clean Energy Ministerial’s Hydrogen initiative
  • First Movers Coalition
  • Green Hydrogen Catapult
  • Hydrogen Council
  • Hydrogen Energy Ministerial
  • International Partnership for Hydrogen and Fuel Cells in the Economy • Mission Innovation Clean Hydrogen Mission

We invite all relevant international initiatives to align with this breakthrough. Participants:

Australia

Belgium

Canada

Chile

China

Denmark

Egypt

European Union

Finland

France

Germany

Guinea Bissau

India

Ireland

Israel

Italy

Japan

Kenya

Lithuania

Norway

Mauritania

Morocco

Namibia

Netherlands

New Zealand

Panama

Portugal

Republic of Korea

Slovakia

Spain

Sweden

Turkey

United Kingdom

United States of America

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