The countdown is on: it's time to get serious about renewables
As co-founder of the Global Wind Energy Coalition for COP26, our Chief Executive Dan McGrail was a signatory to a letter to the G20 Heads of State, along with 24 CEOs representing the global wind industry. We sent it ahead of the G20 Ministerial Sessions on Environment, Climate and Energy in Naples, 22-23 July 2021. Read the letter here.
Supporting a successful COP26
What is COP26?
COP26 (Conference of the Parties) is the next annual UN climate change conference. It will be held in Glasgow from 31st October to 12th November 2021 and attended by the countries that signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 27 years ago. As a global pioneer in power decarbonisation, the UK is well placed to host the summit and facilitate its role in “uniting the world to tackle climate change”.
COP26 is the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement. With 30,000 delegates expected, it’s also the largest summit ever hosted in the UK. The Paris Agreement set a clear objective to limit global warming to 1.5C, which requires achieving net zero emissions by 2050. This year’s focus will be on the delivery of short-term targets and reviewing progress made during the past six years. The transition to green energy is essential to tackling climate change and reaching net zero by mid-century.
It is hoped that showcasing the UK’s success in decarbonisation and implementing innovative new renewable technologies will encourage other countries to increase their ambitions. We can lead by example and demonstrate the clear environmental, economic and social benefits of energy decarbonisation.
RenewableUK’s Role at COP26
As the UK’s leading clean energy trade association, we believe we have a number of roles to play in supporting COP26 and international advocacy for greater decarbonisation ambition:
Showcasing the UK’s successful energy decarbonisation story, which we plan to do through a series of public videos and briefings to international partners and delegates.
Supporting international diplomacy, through our expertise, briefings, videos, and study tours.
Deepening our own energy decarbonisation commitments, by supporting the sector in exploring the actions they could take, and making recommendations to Government as to how they could increase ambitions, both to encourage other international actors to do so and to maximise the industrial benefits of clean energy.
We're excited to be Live at COP26. RenewableUK is partnering with Energy UK to hold an ‘Energy Transition Hub’ in Glasgow to coincide with COP26, kindly hosted by Renewable Energy Systems.
It will be a space at which RenewableUK and Energy UK members can highlight initiatives they’ve led in the run-up to COP26, and their role in the UK's transition to Net Zero.