UKUPC demonstrates what COP26 means for our members

COP26 is a global United Nations summit about climate change and how countries are planning to address it.  The UK is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.  It will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  You can read more about COP26 here.

As COP26 is all about collaborative working, UKUPC (UK Universities Purchasing Consortia) is taking the opportunity to come together to tell you what COP26 means to its members, and what action our collective membership is taking. Over the next two weeks, we will bring you updates each day from COP26 as well as details from different UKUPC members of their planned activity in response to the climate emergency. 

  • Day 11 COP26 - Highlights from the last 2 weeks and member focus on UKUPC Member Collaboration

  • Day 10 COP26 - Highlights from Day 10 and member focus on UKUPC Releases Carbon Reduction Guidance for SME's

  • Day 9 COP26 - Highlights from Day 9 and member focus on University of Strathclyde

  • Day 8 COP26 - Highlights from Day 8 and member focus on Cardiff University

  • Day 7 COP26 - Highlights from Day 7 and member focus on The University of South Wales

  • Day 6 COP26 - Highlights from the weekend and member focus on UK Universities:Leaders in Climate Change

  • Day 5 COP26 - Highlights from Day 5 and member focus on Bristol University

  • Day 4 COP26 - Highlights from Day 4 and member focus on COP26 with NWUPC Ltd Members

  • Day 3 COP26 - Highlights from Day 3 and member focus on University of Edinburgh.

  • Day 2 COP26 - Highlights from Day 2 with opening ceremony and member focus on University of Birmingham, University of Sheffield and the University of York.

  • Day 1 COP26 - Highlights from Day 1 and member focus on Royal Holloway University of London.  

Mission Statement from COP26 Universities Network; NWUPC Ltd have 24 full members, of these 12 are on the COP26 Universities Network.

The Network's mission is to ensure that the UK academic sector plays its role in delivering a successful COP26, 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”.

The COP26 Universities Network has over 80 UK universities and research centres working together to help promote a cleaner future through zero carbon emission targets. The UK Higher Education sector are playing their role in helping deliver a successful COP26 through publications, events and activities to engage with the public and support the UK government in its planning of COP26. Whilst the event itself is important it is also about looking at creating cooperation throughout the HE Sector that lasts well after COP26 has ended.

The Green Zone at COP26 With over 100 exhibitors, 200 events and 11 sponsors taking over the space, there will be amazing opportunities to listen, learn and celebrate climate action. Taking place from 9am each day till the 12th of November you can join the events virtually by subscribing to the COP26 Youtube Channel. You can also watch previous sessions from all of COP26 through the link.  
You can also read this excellent article by Universities UK on how universities are addressing the climate and ecological emergency.