Hi everyone, welcome back to a special Climate Week edition of the newsletter.
I had a feeling that I might need to lower my expectations from the moment I went into the U.N. headquarters in Manhattan yesterday. From past experience, I was prepared for epic lines, shouting police, and general chaos. But there was no line at the security checkpoint, the atmosphere of the media tent was subdued, and the sole press conference of the day sparsely attended. Because the U.S. was barred from speaking during the Climate Ambition Summit, it seemed, the spotlight moved on. And with a number of prominent world leaders ditching the General Assembly meeting altogether, the quiet halls of the U.N. building felt like a manifestation of the prevailing geopolitical vibe. That’s our story for today. We also survey a new crackdown on greenwashing and a strategic pivot by the world’s biggest concrete producer.
Local climate: Barbados Prime Minister Mia Mottley dropped by a showcase of climate tech companies on Manhattan’s High Line park, and told me she was intrigued by one that manufactures jet fuel from captured carbon. Her take on the morning’s summit: “It’s a work in progress.” … Actress Jane Fonda gave a press conference in the U.N. alongside island nation diplomats and said she “applauds the Secretary General for thrusting fossil fuels into the limelight.” … Prashant traded climate podcast recommendations with Deloitte Principal Marlene Motyka. Her favorite: Renewable Energy SmartPod. Prashant’s: Energy Unplugged.
Happening today at Climate Week: