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COP 26

COP 26 - a global conference that tackles the climate crisis - is coming to Glasgow in November 2021.

Find out how ECCI and the University of Edinburgh is contributing and how you can get involved.

“COP 26” is a major United Nations climate change summit taking place in Glasgow from 1-12 November 2021 under the presidency of the UK government.

Named the “26th session of the Conference of the Parties” – shortened to COP26 - the conference is an important place for countries to come together to discuss how climate change will be tackled and to agree global and national targets.

COP26 Universities Network

ECCI is proud to be part of the COP26 Universities Network, led on behalf of the University of Edinburgh by ECCI Director Prof Dave Reay. The COP26 Universities Network is a growing group of more than 55 UK-based universities and research centres working together to raise ambition for tangible outcomes from COP26.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays its role in delivering a successful conference, getting all players on track to deliver a zero-carbon, resilient world. They aim to do so by easing access to evidence and academic expertise for COP26 for government, NGOs, and other actors, and by taking action.

Part of the Network since 2020, the University of Edinburgh has also been an official observer organisation for the climate COPs since COP 15 in 2009.

ECCI experts contributed to two recent briefing papers:

  • A net-zero emissions economic recovery from COVID-19 (June 2020)
  • A briefing developed with the Environmental Association for Universities and Colleges (EAUC), which provides guidance to support universities and colleges to develop offsetting policies as part of their net-zero strategies (January 2021)


Keep up to date with the latest COP 26-focused events via ECCI events page and check out:

  • The excellent COPcast series, from the University of Edinburgh Business School, featuring ECCI's Director Dave Reay (November 2020)
  • ECCI-hosted Climate, Covid and COP26 - world-renowned climate scientist and communicator Professor Katharine Hayhoe joined leading by experts from across the University of Edinburgh (June 2020)

Keep up to date

Keep up to date with the latest events, news and opportunities via the University's Social Responsibility and Sustainability team and ECCI events page.