What is COP26?
COP26 is the 2021 United Nations climate change conference. World leaders will arrive 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 will be the 26th annual summit – giving it the name COP26.
What are the goals of COP26?
International climate summits are complex. There are 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
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Where is COP26 being held?
COP26 UK 2021 will be held at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow.
Dates: 31st October -12 November 2021
Location: Glasgow, Scotland, UK
Contact: UNFCCC Secretariat
Why is 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.'
In this document, it also states that climate change is the greatest risk we all face and that this 'November, the UK, together with Italy will host an event that many to be the world’s last best chance to get runaway climate change under control.'
How to attend COP26?
If you wish to attend the COP26 conference in Glasgow there are a variety of ways to get involved. You can find out more here.
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.
View our Sustainability Strategy(pdf)
Why is 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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How to get to COP26 from Glasgow Airport?
The COP26 event will be held at the SEC.
You can book an official Glasgow Airport taxi here.
You can catch the Glasgow Airport bus to the City Centre.
Once in the city centre, the SEC is a five-minute cab or short train ride from Glasgow Central station.
To support the predicted demand created on the Argyle line and local bus services, a Conference Shuttle service, with the aim of an entirely zero-emission fleet, has been agreed for registered attendees travelling to the event. The service will provide additional resilience via a direct link between Glasgow City Centre and the SEC. This will serve registered attendees staying within Glasgow as well as those alighting at Queen Street and Central rail stations.
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.
Will COP26 affect traffic routes around Glasgow?
During COP26, you may wish to think about how you are going to travel, estimated journey times and the most appropriate mode of transport for your journey.
Planned and unplanned road closures and parking restrictions are likely to be in place during COP26. Visit Get Ready Glasgow for more information
Get Ready Glasgow
What are the COP26 dates?
COP26 is a 12-day climate convention that will take place on the 31st October -12th of November 2021