Supporting COP26 – United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021

The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26)

The UN Climate Change Convention, held in Glasgow 1-12 November, represents the largest, global coming together to address climate change. 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.

COP26 Universities Network

We are proud to be part of the COP26 Universities Network, 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. 

Its 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, Guild HE 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 our commitment to the national Climate Commission

Plymouth's pioneering research

Plymouth Perspectives: examining the evidence for global action

Plymouth researchers, leaders in their fields, offer their expert perspectives on the transdisciplinary systems thinking approach that is vital to tackle the climate emergency. From marine litter to soil erosion, ocean acidification to offshore renewable energy, they provide evidence for global action.

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COP26 news

Deadline approaching for Devon Net Zero Innovation Fund applications

The fund is offering grants of up to £7,500 to companies looking develop new products or services for the low carbon sector

21 October 2021

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