From the 1st – 12th November, the REA will be in Glasgow, attending the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP26) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The REA has been given Observer Status by the UNFCCC, which means that 4 members of the REA team will be able to attend events and observe negotiations in the Blue Zone in Glasgow over the two weeks of the conference.

Below, the REA lists public events that it is engaging in or attending during the 2 weeks of the COP26 conference, in addition to having a continuous presence at the Blue Zone, along with private events we have been invited to directly.

This also provides members with a list of events they may be interested in attending if they are also in Glasgow, while some events also have options to join virtually. Further COP26 events can also be seen on the conference Green Zone and Fringe Listing websites.

Events with a green diamond () have REA staff, members or partners directly involved.

Are you running a public event at COP26 not listed, or which you would like REA to attend? Please fill in the very short survey here, or email us here.

We will be updating this webpage as further events are finalised.

Monday 1st November

COP26 Green Zone Events (Virtual, 1st -12th November)

The majority of Green Zone, which is the public events space for the conference, will be streamed live on the COP26 YouTube channel allowing people to access from anywhere in the UK or around the world. [Link]

() McKinsey, Sustainability webinars ( Virtual, 1st – 12th November)

Daily live virtual events in conversation with CEOs exploring how they are turning aspiration into action. [Link]

() Wood (In-person, 1st – 12th November)

Wood, a leading engineering and consultancy company operating in the energy and the built environment, is hosting an events hub at COP26, in Glasgow between November 1-12. Along with its valued clients, partners (including REA member, EQTEC plc, one of the world’s leading experts in gasification for waste-to-energy), policymakers and industry experts, Wood has a full schedule of panels, workshops and events. REA members are invited to register. [Link]

Tuesday 2nd November

() Aldersgate Group, “Taking on the industrial decarbonisation challenge” (In-person, 2nd November)

Based on the Aldersgate Group’s extensive work on industrial decarbonisation, this in-person event in Glasgow, from 6 pm to 8 pm, will look at the key challenges that need to be overcome to put heavy industrial sectors on a path to net-zero emissions. [Link]

Green Horizon Summit (In-person and virtual, 2nd – 11th November)

GHS@COP26 is a five-day hybrid event co-hosted by the City of London Corporation and Green Finance Institute. Taking place from 2-5 November, and the 11 November. It tackles the big questions we face in accelerating the flow of capital into climate- and nature-friendly investments, translating commitments into action, and helping financial institutions ‘green’ their business models. [Link]

Wednesday 3rd November

() SUEZ Workshops ( In-person, 3rd – 4th November, four workshops in Glasgow)

In this series of four live workshops, REA Members, Suez recycling and recovery UK will be joined by colleagues from across the resources and waste sector for two days of shared insight, discussion, and deliberation on the actions we must prioritise to meet the objectives of NetZero and where the sector must play its part fully. [Link]

Energy Institute, COP26 Film Premiere (virtual)

As COP26 approaches, six young Energy Institute members undertake a 500-mile road trip across Scotland’s future energy landscape. This will be the Premiere of a documentary chronicling their voyage of discovery. [Link]

Thursday 4th November

() Supergen & Universities Coalition “Energy Futures” ( in-person and virtual )

Streamed live from central Glasgow, this Supergen ‘Fishbowl’ conversation will see members of the public discuss net-zero energy during COP. The conversation will focus on developing and interrogating public visions for a net-zero energy system, based upon the six areas of Supergen research that furthers sustainable power distribution and supply. [Link]

() BDB Pitmans – Webinar: Large Scale Solar – Planning the Route to Net Zero (virtual)

This joint BDB Pitmans and REA webinar will explore some of the challenges and opportunities faced by large scale solar developers in locating sites, securing planning consent and getting developments operational well in advance of 2050. [Link]

Monday 8th November

() Climate Action, Sustainable Innovation Forum (8th – 11th November, Virtual and In-person)

The 12th Sustainable Innovation Forum (SIF) will be convened alongside COP26, 6 years after 196 world leaders signed the historic Paris Agreement. An inclusive, collaborative event enabling climate action at COP26. [Link]

ENA, “Policy Energising Climate Action” (8th November, in-person)

The ENA invite you to a panel discussion on the importance of good policy and international cooperation to reach Net Zero, and how the UK’s world-leading energy networks are powering us forwards to a zero-emissions future. [Link]

Tuesday 9th November

UN Women, COP26 Gender Day reception (9th November, virtual)

The UNFCCC Gender Team is planning a number of events for Gender Day during COP 26, including a Virtual Gender Market Place from 15:00-18:00 (UK time) on 9 November 2021 [Link]

Wednesday 10th November

() World Bioenergy Association: Glasgow Declaration on Sustainable Bioenergy (in-person, 9.00 – 12.30)

The World Bioenergy Association invites you to a programme of events during COP26 to explore the role of sustainable bioenergy in delivering global Net-Zero. For more details and booking visit the link.  [Link]

() REA and NFU, “Delivering a Decarbonised Agriculture Sector for a Thriving Bioeconomy – from Transport to Innovative Energy Crops” ( 13.30 – 15.00, virtual and in-person)

The REA and NFU have joined up to run a joint COP26 Fringe Event to explore the integration of renewables and clean technology across agricultural activities from energy crops to transport. [Link]

Thursday 11th November

() Bright Blue “Going negative? The role of bioenergy and net-zero” ( 8.00-9.30am, virtual and in-person)

Contested amongst some and applauded by others, the debate around the role of bioenergy in delivering net-zero has been an ongoing one. In this event, we discuss everything from the different feedstocks used to the role bioenergy should play in our heating, energy and transport systems. [Link] [Online Link]