GLASGOW, Nov. 13 (Reuters) – Envoys from the United States and the European Union met with their Chinese and Indian counterparts at the UN climate conference on Saturday to discuss details of an agreed coal phase-out, a member of the Indian delegation said .
The meeting suggested last-minute negotiations were underway between the key players at the COP26 talks in Glasgow, while the hosts of the UK conference pushed for an agreement that could keep alive an international goal to combat global warming. to be limited to 1.5 degrees Celsius.
Immediately before the meeting, US special envoy John Kerry was overheard by Reuters telling his Chinese counterpart Xie Zhenhua: “You are supposed to phase out the coal for the next 20 years, you just signed an agreement with us. “
The two had announced a surprising joint statement earlier this week in which Beijing agreed to accelerate its coal phase-out this decade. The draft agreement from the Glasgow conference, which has yet to be approved by a vote, also calls on countries to phase out coal.
Reporting by Valerie Volcovici Editing by Frances Kerry
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