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One year to COP26: A programme of events

12 October 2020

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference is rescheduled to take place in November 2021, in Glasgow. With one year to go, SSN and many others are hosting events that mark the countdown to COP. We will continue to update the below listings as we approach one year to COP!

3 November, 09:30 – 17:00 | Scotland’s Countdown to COP26

Scotland’s Innovation Centres have teamed up with The Herald for a special, one-day, online conference to explore innovation, inclusive growth, cultural change around climate action, and ultimately, how collaboration could achieve national net zero targets.

This conference will explore Scotland’s opportunity and how Scottish businesses and organisations can collaborate and respond in the run up to COP26. Opportunities exist to learn lessons from COVID-19 and take action to create a prosperous, safer, and greener world. More information.

3 November, 09:00 | All Energy: The Green Recovery

The All Energy Virtual Summit kicks off with an opening from the Rt Hon Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister of Scotland in a “The Green Recovery” webinar. This will be followed by a panel discussion on steering a recovery that drives vital new economic activity, accelerates our transition to net zero, and strengthens our resilience to the impacts of climate change after the pandemic wanes. Speakers, from ScottishPower, CBI Scotland, Royal Academy of Engineering, BloombergNEF and Glasgow City Council also discuss how they see the Green Recovery taking place.

4 November, 9:00 | All Energy: Path to Net Zero, COP26 and the Climate Emergency

On 4 November, the All Energy Virtual Summit is hosting three main events including: The Path to Net Zero and COP26; UKRI's road to net zero; Investing for impact; The Climate Emergency and Planning.

5 November, 9:00 | All Energy: Energy Efficient Scotland

On 5 November, All Energy are hosting the third day of their virtual summit which look at Energy Efficient Scotland, including the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programmes. The day will begin with an update from Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP.

5 November, 10:00 – 12:30 | Cycling Scotland Conference

Cycling Scotland are hosting their annual conference on Thursday 5th November. Join this free, interactive online event, celebrating cycling and active travel in Scotland and beyond. The theme of the event this year is ‘Creating a safer environment for cycling and a greener future’. Hear from and ask questions to a panel of speakers: Michael Matheson MSP, Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox and Jyoti Pande Lavakare from Care for Air India. More information.

10 November, 16:00 - 19:30 | A Glasgow preview event

Join city leaders, policymakers, scientists and businesses from across the world at this Glasgow COP26 preview event hosted by the Global Environmental Monitoring and Measurement (GEMM) Initiative and the City of Glasgow. Invited speakers include internationally-recognized representatives at country and city levels, universities and industry. More information.

16-20 November | EAUC Annual Conference

EAUC are hosting a virtual global collaboration, bringing together the world’s best university and college students, academics, leaders and professionals to address the Climate and Ecological Emergency. This conference will also provide unique insights into the work of the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Students & Leaders, and outline opportunities for delegates to contribute in the lead up to the UN Climate Change Summit COP26 2021. More information.

18 November, 14:00 – 16:00 | Creative Carbon Scotland – Understanding Climate Complexity: Science through Art

In this Green Tease event, Creative Carbon Scotland is working in partnership with Blue-Action. The aim of the event is to bring together climate research scientists with arts practitioners, to discuss and explore the role of the arts for developing understanding of complex science for the public. More information.

16 November 2020, 14:00 – 16:00 | WWF Scotland and ScottishPower – COP26 Climate Collaboration Challenge

In collaboration with SSN, WWF Scotland and ScottishPower invite you to take part in our COP 26 Climate Collaboration Challenge with the aim of sparking innovative ways of working together to accelerate climate action and adaptation. Our goal is to combine the energy, skills, resources, and knowledge of business, industry, public agencies, financial institutions and civil society.

This event welcomes representatives of all sectors in Scotland (local and national government, land-use, energy, building, transport, civil society, finance, academia) to virtually join us on the 16 November, one year ahead of COP26, to launch this challenge. Listen to inspiring international case studies, connect with other sectors here in Scotland and consider what new partnerships you could form. More information.

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