COP26 For Small Business

COP26 is rapidly approaching, and there is one voice missing from the table: Small Businesses. 

Large corporations are starting to throw their weight behind the event which is welcomed, but if we are to see real change instilled in the Climate Movement, everyone needs to be involved. 

This includes the 96% of UK businesses that have less than 9 employees. In the US, this figure is 92%. These are huge chunks of the global economy that currently lack any voice or representation at COP26.

This page will be the go-to point for how your small business can get involved with COP26. 

What is COP26?

The 26th meeting of the UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties, COP26 is being held in Glasgow from October 31st to 12 November 2021.

There’s a lot we’re hoping to see from it, but strong and ambitious commitments and frameworks on how to achieve Net Zero are imperative, especially around effective global carbon pricing. 

Upcoming COP26 Events

Wednesday 29th September

Net Zero Festival

Building on the success of the inaugural Festival last autumn, this year’s event will provide a showcase for the projects and innovations that are driving the net zero transition, as well as a unique forum in which to explore the immense challenges and opportunities associated with the green industrial revolution.

29th September - 1st October

Tuesday 2nd November

Learn From Other Green Businesses

Want to become more energy efficient, reduce your bills and cut your carbon emissions? We have helped hundreds of businesses to do just that – and we have handpicked a selection who want to share their stories with you. The businesses you will hear from are all enjoying cheaper bills, and playing their part in tackling the climate emergency.’ Be inspired by guest speakers from a range of sectors and learn how your business could save energy and money while reducing its environmental impact.

2nd November

Wednesday 3rd November

The New York Times Climate Hub

Science says that global warming can be slowed if we reduce greenhouse gas emissions sharply. But good intentions mean nothing unless they’re backed up by a plan. Created to coincide with the COP26 summit, The New York Times Climate Hub is a physical and virtual space where influential leaders and thinkers join forces with the wider community to debate, discuss and discover actionable climate strategies.

3rd -11th November 2021

Holyrood Fringe Festival

A family friendly Eco-Fair with useful information and activities to help us reduce our carbon footprint and improve the environment.

3rd - 6th November

Monday 8th November

Climate Action Innovation Zone

The Innovation Zone organised by Climate Action in partnership with Scottish Enterprise is a powerful example of the importance of public-private partnerships in addressing climate change. The Zone places innovation and investment at the heart of COP26 to accelerate the pathway to net zero and achieve a just transition.

8th - 11th November 2021

Sustainable Innovation Forum

Our platform offers all stakeholders the opportunity to have a tangible impact at COP, helping forge the cross sector, public-private partnerships essential for transformational change, showcasing business action, the power of green finance and the innovative solutions at our disposal today.

8th - 10th November 2021

Thursday 11th November

Hydrogen Transition Summit

We hear from influential international speakers working on hydrogen projects and programmes as well as those developing energy and financial policies. This Hydrogen Transition Summit is a full-day of presentations and discussions on hydrogen: from industry, transport, policy and finance through to energy decarbonisation and carbon capture. Sessions will share innovations, ideas and case studies.

11th November 2021

Agri Food Transition Summit

With the technical collaboration of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), Climate Action presents the Agri – Food Transition Summit during COP26. The Summit has been designed in response to the growing demand for new models to achieve food security, sustainable development and other global goals outlined in the UN Sustainable Development Goals while achieving the Paris Agreement objectives.

11th November 2021