Supporting COP26 – United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26)

The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from the UN COP26 Climate Change Conference

COP26 is to be held in Glasgow, Scotland from 1–12 November, 2021. 

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on climate change. 

The mission

The COP26 Universities Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays our role in delivering a successful COP26, in order to deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world

We aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action.

Visit the official COP26 Universities Network website for more information

Plymouth's lead role in national Climate Commission

Professor Judith Petts CBE, Vice-Chancellor of the University, is one of four sector leaders heading up the Climate Commission for UK Higher and Further Education Leaders.

Officially launched in November 2019, the Commission is a partnership between EAUC (the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges), the Association of Colleges, GuildHE and Universities UK.

It enables universities and colleges to work together in an unprecedented way to tackle the climate crisis, and works with students, UK government, regulatory bodies and sector agencies.

Professor Petts, who is representing the University and also serving as the Universities UK Commissioner, said:

“Universities have the power and the responsibility to make a significant global contribution to the urgent need for emissions reduction and climate change adaptation.

“Universities drive scientific understanding of the scale and speed of the crisis, they are leading climate emergency responses and are embedding sustainability education across their programmes to equip graduates to make a difference.

“I hope the Climate Commission will be a driving force for leadership, action and impact through the higher and further education sectors and networks."
Find out more about the Universities commitment to the national Climate Commission

Plymouth's pioneering research

We are committed to developing solutions to the planet's most challenging issues, including climate change, sustainability and marine pollution

Our pioneering spirit runs deep in the quest for a better tomorrow. 

“Using our world-leading expertise to respond to the climate emergency, and generating the knowledge and skills that will drive future adaptation and sustainable living, is at the heart of our mission.”

– Professor Petts

Together for our Planet – research addressing key global challenges

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Students search for 100 ambassadors to help preserve the planet

In December 2020, a group of students from the University begun the search for 100 young people who share their passion for preserving the planet. The Ambassadors of Earth initiative is looking to create a network of school-age pupils willing to take a proactive role in climate-related projects in their local community.

It is part of the Global University Climate Forum, a six-month programme which brings student activists together to share ideas, learn, connect, and act on the global imperative of addressing climate change. The students will issue a report which will feature in a publication and event during COP26.

Find out more about the Global University Climate Forum

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