COP26 Covered Podcast episode 5: Finance Day special – A make-or-break moment for the climate summit?

After a hugely important and somewhat unpredictable Finance Day at COP26, the edie team delivers up a special episode of COP26 Covered, featuring wide-ranging talks with industry leaders – from making coal uninsurable to securing top-level financial commitments to net-zero carbon. 

COP26 Covered Podcast episode 5: Finance Day special – A make-or-break moment for the climate summit?

edie's senior reporter Sarah delivers up a climate finance-themed episode

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Whether you’re a business leader, climate expert, environmental professional, youth activist  – or just someone with a passion for all things sustainability and climate action – this podcast is for you! COP26 Covered podcast brings you everything you need to know from each day of the crucial climate talks, wrapped up into 30-minute episodes.


In today’s episode…

The edie team split up to search for climate clues, with Sarah taking hold of the podcast recorder as Matt squirrels away in the media room and Luke goes AWOL (for the morning at least). 

First on Sarah’s agenda is a discussion with Insure Our Future’s campaign coordinator Peter Bosshard. The talk marks the launch of the organisation’s 2021 insurance scorecard, which reveals that, while coal is rapidly becoming uninsurable, most of the world’s biggest reinsurance and insurance firms are not making plans to decrease cover for oil and gas in the coming decades. 

Peter outlines why this is happening, and gives his insight on the ongoing debates about the merits of engagement versus divestment. 

After a long day of news writing in the Green Zone  – and after the COP26 chaos causes some changes to the podcast schedule Sarah catches up with UK Sustainable Investment Finance’s (UKSIF) chief executive James Alexander on the River Clyde. 

The UKSIF is a national organisation which represents more than 260 members with more than £10trn of assets under management. In the episode, James outlines how they are reacting to the big announcements this week from Rishi Sunak, Mark Carney and others, stating that while the headlines are welcome, more information on the small print is desperately needed. 

About the show

COP26 Covered is produced in association with edie’s headline COP26 content partner O2. The daily show is a spin-off from edie’s long-running Sustainable Business Covered podcast show, which is taking a brief hiatus for the duration of COP26 – but will be back with a fresh look and feel later in November.

This mini-series of podcasts will feature round-ups, special guests, listener quizzes and more – all available to listen and subscribe to, for free, right here on along with all major podcasting platforms:  

COP26 Covered is broadcast from various locations around the city – including the edie team’s no-frills AirBnB – with episodes airing each evening.

The COP26 Covered podcast is available to listen to on iTunes and Spotify, or bookmark this page to see the full list of podcast episodes as they appear. 

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