2020 climate change summit to be hosted in Glasgow

Glasgow has been chosen to host the next major climate change summit (COP26) in December 2020. This follows 5 years after the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris.

200 world leaders and as many as 30,000 delegates (including climate change experts, business leaders and citizens) will meet at Glasgow's Scottish Event Campus (SEC) to discuss global climate change and . The two week event is set to be the largest and also the most significant gathering for climate change since the Paris Agreement was signed in 2015. The former Energy and Clean Growth Minster, Claire Perry, has been appointed as president for the two week event.

Scotland's Climate Change Secretary Roseanna Cunningham said:

"I am pleased that Glasgow has been confirmed as the host city of COP26, now that the joint UK and Italy bid to host the summit has been approved. It is right that this conference should come to Scotland given our leadership in climate action. Scotland was one of the first countries in the world to acknowledge the global climate emergency and the Scottish Government has introduced the toughest targets in the UK to ensure our action matches the scale of our climate ambitions".

Elmhurst's Technical and Operations Director, Stuart Fairlie, also commented: 

“We are delighted that the UK has been chosen to host this prestigious event. This conference is expected to be the largest summit the UK has ever held with up to 200 world leaders in attendance. I have personally followed these events since the very start, with Rio (1992) and Kyoto (1997), it has certainly been an interesting journey toward international co-operation on climate issues.

Elmhurst stress that we urgently need to see some real action in terms of tangible policies in the UK; there has been years of ambition and setting of goals, since the Clean Growth Strategy was first published in Oct 2017, but now is the time to start progressing many of these actions in order to deliver the necessary change. We look forward to new building regulations, and new policies in respect of existing homes and commercial properties throughout the UK. The focus of the world will be on Glasgow come December 2020, but we hope that the impact will be much more longstanding.”

Article published 13th September 2019  



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