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COP26 - Glasgow 2021

The 26th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 26) to the UNFCCC took place at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow from 31st October – 12th November 2021.

Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience, commitment to sustainability and world-class facilities.

COP26 was a pivotal moment not only in the fight against climate change but for the UK and Glasgow who hosted this extremely important event.

Frequently Asked Questions


What is COP26?

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. World leaders arrived in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks with the aim of reaching an agreement on how to tackle climate change.

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What is a COP?

What does COP stand for?

COP is an abbreviation for 'Conference of the Parties'. This year was the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26.


What were the goals of COP26?

International climate summits are complex. There were 4 main goals of COP26.

1. Secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5 degrees within reach

2. Adapt to protect communities and natural habitats

3. Mobilise finance

4. Work together to deliver

Find out more here:

COP26 Goals

Where was COP26 held?

COP26 UK 2021 was held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.

Dates: 31st October -12 November 2021
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Contact: UNFCCC Secretariat

SEC Website

Why was COP26 important?

In the foreword of the COP26 Explained PDF,  COP President Alok Sharma, says:

'As countries begin to recover from the Coronavirus pandemic, we must take the historic opportunity to tackle climate change at the same time – to build back better, and greener.'


What is Glasgow Airport doing for sustainability?

At AGS, we are acutely aware that operating such important pieces of infrastructure comes with responsibilities to our people, to our communities, and to the environment.

Our sustainability strategy sets out how AGS will balance the undoubted economic and social benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.


Why was the COP26 conference in Glasgow?

Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience in hosting world-class events, commitment to sustainability and first-rate facilities.

Recently awarded the status of Global Green City, we have an ambitious target of achieving carbon neutrality by 2030.

The city is also currently ranked 4th in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index (GDS-Index) that promotes responsible business tourism best practice.

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Why was COP26 delayed?

In light of the worldwide effects of COVID-19, the COP Bureau of the UNFCCC had decided to re-schedule the conference initially slated for November 2020. This allowed more time for the necessary preparations to take place and ensures that all parties can focus on the issues to be discussed at this vital conference.


What were the COP26 dates?

COP26 was a 12-day climate convention that took place from the 31st October -12th of November 2021.

"In November, the world will look to the UK to set the agenda on climate action and ambition when Glasgow hosts the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26. This will be the opportunity to agree a global response to what is a truly global challenge. Aviation is a force for good. It’s one of the most global industries, connecting people, cultures and businesses. With the support of government, it can also help address the most pressing global challenge of our time – climate change."

- Derek Provan, Chief Executive Officer, AGS Airports Ltd

Useful Pages

Our Commitment to Sustainability

Find out more about what we are doing at Glasgow Airport to create a more sustainable future. Our strategy sets out how AGS will balance the undoubted economic and social benefits of aviation with our climate change responsibilities.

Sustainability Strategy PDF

UK COP26 Explained

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow from 31 October – 12 November 2021. Read the COP26 Explained document to find out more about COP26. 

COP26 Explained PDF


All the latest information & updates on COVID19. Book COVID tests, read our FAQs and find out what the airport is doing to keep you safe during COP26.

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