Countdown to COP: Commitments and Consequences

Santander Insights is a series of virtual dialogues that we launched in 2020 as a means to maintain public debate on crucial issues through the COVID confinement and subsequent restrictions.

The run-up to COP26 is bringing into ever sharper relief the trade-offs, challenges and pitfalls of the greening of the economy, including for financial services. Competing taxonomies and conflicting priorities, criteria and timelines are some of the hurdles facing governments, multilateral organizations, businesses other stakeholders who will gather in Glasgow in November. In the balance is whether governments can address the climate challenge in a collaborative, cooperative way or give way to fragmentation and competition. 

Countdown to COP: Commitments and Consequences


Ana Botín

Group Executive Chairman, Banco Santander


Pascal Canfin

MEP and Chair, Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety


Pilar Cruz

Chief Sustainability Officer, Cargill


Patricia Espinosa

Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change


Leonardo Martínez-Díaz

Senior Director for Climate Finance, Office of the U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate



James Harding

Founder, Tortoise