During the first two weeks in November, leaders, politicians, negotiators, scientists and activists from around the world will be coming together in Glasgow for negotiations on global efforts to tackle the climate crisis, to agree the way forward and decide the targets that need to be met. The commitments made at COP26 will drive ambitious climate policies across the world, and these will touch all industries and sectors as we collectively drive for net zero.
With a focus on policy development in the official zone, there is an opportunity for industry to contribute through a parallel stream, investigating how they may meet the targets set. The marine sector in particular is likely to be challenged with aggressive decarbonisation targets as the focus shifts to clean energy and clean transport.
We are hosting a series of highly focused, business-led events crafted to create a forum for business leaders and visionaries alike to identify the issues and investigate the possible progressive solutions required to meet those mandated targets. The programme of events will focus on innovation, industry trends, industrial practices and technological developments, all with the aim to arrive at a set of agreed strategies that will help industry set our own goals to meet the political objectives.
With headquarters in the South Rotunda, a stone’s throw from the United Nations controlled Green Zone and adjacent to the BBC and ITV studios, we are aptly placed to provide a platform to host the event. With a focus on sustainable solutions, the programme will also be hybrid in nature, to allow those delegates from around the world who are unable to travel to Glasgow to attend virtually. There will also be a series of marine-specific networking events for delegates to experience the famed Glasgow hospitality and local produce.
Shipping's voyage to zero
In partnership with ZESTA, Ship ZERO°’ will chart a course to true zero emissions using the waypoints of existing technologies and innovations, combining perspectives and experiences from a wide range of industry stakeholders to plot a course through the stormy seas of regulation, finance, new technological developments and fuel uncertainty. The deliverable will be a collaborative and interactive navigational chart (‘Charging to True Zero°’), to be shared with COP26 delegates, shipping and energy industry stakeholders as well as being delivered to the IMO, in both written report and film formats.
Featuring a wealth of international speakers, interactive sessions and keynote address from Peter Thomson.
Partnering with Mainstream and the Global Wind Energy Council, the conference will see key industry stakeholders, global and regional (Scotland and UK) coming together to discuss how offshore wind is the energy system of tomorrow and will be the backbone to a new power system. It will feature slots hosted by the Global Wind Energy Council discussing emerging markets and the role of new technologies and SuperNode will discuss how Scotland could become energy independent and export energy to Europe using a Supergrid.
In collaboration with NHS Ocean and partnering with Lloyd’s Register, this conference will discuss the urgent need for stakeholders in all sectors to commit to building resilient and sustainable supply chains during international climate change summit COP26.
A panel of speakers from different stakeholder groups will debate and discuss why and how we need sustainable supply chains from their own perspectives – and agree actions that need to be taken now to facilitate meaningful change.
Panellists include leaders from NHS Oceans who will discuss the need to procure medical equipment and goods more sustainably as well as the ocean’s essential role in human health and wellbeing; Lloyd’s Register Foundation talking about ‘ocean citizenship’ and the High Level Climate Champions shipping lead emphasising the need for urgent collaboration and commitment to zero carbon shipping.
In the week leading up to COP26, the facility will be used to host an exhibition, hosting STEM / Malin Young Engineer projects from local schools, raising awareness of the sustainability issues and allowing close community engagement; this would be working with Youth Enterprise Scotland and Glasgow Science Centre.
Post event, we will also host a series of wash-up events, allowing cross-sector groups to gather and agree specific climate change activities.
the pivot project
The It’s Time to Pivot event, which people can join in person or online, is to explore the potential for diverse collaborations of people from around the world to use systems thinking and modelling and AI-based research tools to help communities become more sustainable and to help guide policymakers.
Hosted at the iconic South Rotunda, just meters from the official COP summit blue and green zones, the event will enable anyone who is interested to contribute to the discussion and help shape the future of society. It will conclude with a book signing by the moderator, Stephen Hamm, author of The Pivot: Addressing Global Problems Through Local Action, which follows the journey of Pivot Projects and was published by Columbia University Press.
We are partering up with Young Enterprise Scotland to host a ‘hackaton’, enabling a selection of primary and secondary school pupils to tackle a shipping related challenge. The children will be mentored by a selection of marine experts as well as YES; then they will present their solutions to a panel of guest judges. All school pupils taking part will also be offerend the opportunity to share their hopes and aspirations for #cop26glasgow.
We are offering in person delegate passes for each of our exciting range of conferences, alongside digital delegate passes.
We understand that you may find it difficult to pick just one of our excellent partner events, so we are also offering a special early bird digital offer for only £150 (+ VAT) that provides not only digital access to all of our streamed events, but also enables you 12 months access to our digital platform. This package enables you to revisit any of the Spotlight Series days, sessions or speaker slots – but also provides unlimited access to a range of materials via our digital library. All partners taking part in the Spotlight Series are committed to making a real difference, through innovation and collaborative action. As such, this series is only the beginning and all of our partners will continue to share progress updates on this site, as well as thought leadership pieces, interesting articles and relevant white papers. And as a digital delegate you will be able to access all of this, for a full 12 months post #cop26glasgow.