Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, Hong Kong’s Environment Secretary Kam Sing Wong and European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean speak at day 1 of Reuters IMPACT - Reuters News Agency

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Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, President of Iceland Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, Hong Kong’s Environment Secretary Kam Sing Wong and European Commissioner for Transport Adina Valean speak at day 1 of Reuters IMPACT

Day 1 of Reuters IMPACT launched with a packed schedule of world leaders, politicians and forward-thinking pioneers addressing the global economy’s top priority: the climate emergency.

Some of the many notable speakers today included Al Gore, Former Vice President of the United States of America; Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, President of Iceland; Kam Sing Wong, Hong Kong’s Secretary for the Environment; Doug Wright, Adina Valean, European Commissioner for Transport; Jean-Baptiste Djebbari, French Minister Delegate for Transport; Doug Wright, President and CEO of Honeywell Building Technologies, alongside many more.

On the second day of Reuters IMPACT tomorrow – the largest climate gathering pre-COP26 – you can expect to hear from: Secretary of State for Transport Grant Shapps, Tesco Group CEO Ken Murphy, UNEP Executive Director Inger Andersen, Chairman of the Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Bob Dudley, among many others. 

Take a look below at news highlights from today’s forum:

China could surprise the world at Glasgow climate talks

Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore said on Monday he is hopeful China and the United States will set aside their differences at U.N. climate change talks in Glasgow. He also said China could surprise the world by bringing forward one or both of its targets for reaching peak emissions and becoming carbon neutral.

Protecting indigenous people key to saving Amazon, say environmentalists

Protecting the native inhabitants of the Amazon and their right to ancestral lands is crucial to saving the rainforest because they are its best guardians, environmental activists said on Monday.

India targets alternate fuels, EVs in clean transport push

India is framing policies to promote the use of clean fuels, including electric vehicles (EVs), and tightening emission norms to meet its carbon reduction targets, transport minister Nitin Gadkari told the Reuters Impact conference on Monday.

World must target absolute zero emissions, Australian iron ore mogul says

The world needs to focus on absolute zero emissions, rather than a net zero target, and use clean hydrogen to get there rather than relying on unproven technologies such as carbon capture and storage, Australian iron ore titan Andrew Forrest said on Monday.

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