The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

All you need to know about COP26 from Herts County Council.

The 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) is the happening in the UK this year – in Glasgow, from the 31st of October – 12th of November. The COP is perhaps best known for The Paris Agreement, which was signed at COP21 in 2015, and was considered a huge success at the time, however, there is still a very long way to go! COP26 aims to agree to: reduce global emissions to net-zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees; adapt to protect communities and natural habitats, and commit to at least $100bn in climate finance every year.       

To encourage conversation around the Climate Crisis in the lead up to COP26, Three Rivers District Council put on a free screening of the film 2040, followed by a question and answer session with industry experts who specialise in the many aspects of Climate Change — from energy and travel, to biodiversity and agriculture. 


So what's come out of COP26 and what can you do? 

1. India Announced a New Net Zero Target - 2070

2. Countries and Funders Pledge $1.7 Billion to Indigenous Peoples

3. Pledge to End Deforestation by 2030

A record 110 world leaders signed a pledge to end deforestation by 2030 and restore damaged land in developing countries. In total, the countries that have joined the pledge account for 85% of the world’s forests. The pledge includes reversing forest loss, developing sustainable agriculture for rural communities, and reaffirming financial commitments toward Indigenous peoples and local communities. As part of the Queens Green Canopy, we will be planting over 700 trees across the District, and encourage you to plant your own too! 

4. The Global Methane Pledge

The Global Methane Pledge, which would cut methane emissions by 30% by 2030 compared to 2020 outputs has been signed up to by more than 100 countries. To help reduce your own methane emissions and help the UK reach the target, please continue to recycle and home-compost ALL of your food waste. If you put it in your food pod, it will be made into fertiliser and green energy through an Anaerobic Digester rather than going to landfill and breaking down and releasing methane.

5. Panama, Ecuador, Columbia and Costa Rica have committed to protect over 500,000 square kilometres of the Pacific Ocean - creating The Eastern Tropical Marine Corridor.

 Have a look at our guide to living more sustainably.