The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. 

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The world is currently not on track to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees. The targets announced in Paris would result in warming well above 3 degrees by 2100 compared to pre-industrial levels.

If we continue as we are, temperatures will carry on rising, bringing even more catastrophic flooding, bush fires, extreme weather and destruction of species.

More needs to be done We have made progress in recent months to bend the temperature curve closer to 2 degrees; but the science shows that much more must be done to keep 1.5 degrees in reach.

The world needs to halve emissions over the next decade and reach net zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century if we are to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees. 



People across the world are already living with devastating extreme weather heightened by the changing climate.

Even as we work tirelessly to reduce emissions, further change is inevitable.

Supporting those most vulnerable to climate change We know that the most vulnerable are at the greatest risk from climate change, and that they have done the least to cause it.

Action to address this and build resilience is needed now, before more people lose their lives or livelihoods.

The international community must unite and support people who are most vulnerable to the impacts of the changing climate. 


Floods on the River Culm near Stoke... © Ruth Sharville cc-by-sa/2.0 :: Geograph Britain and Ireland 13th Jan 2011



To achieve our climate goals, every company, every financial firm, every bank, insurer and investor will need to change. 

Countries need to manage the increasing impacts of climate change on their citizens’ lives and they need the funding to do it.

The scale and speed of the changes we need to make will require all forms of finance: 

  1. Public finance for the development of infrastructure we need to transition to a greener and more climate-resilient economy.
  2. Private finance to fund technology and innovation, and to help turn the billions of public money into trillions of total climate investment. 



Reaching agreement in the negotiations is our formal responsibility as the Presidency of COP26. Doing so will help deliver on our other three goals and show everyone that the world is moving to a resilient, net zero economy. 

Finalise the ‘Paris Rulebook’ A focus for the negotiations is finalising the rules needed to implement the Paris Agreement, called the ‘Paris Rulebook’. 

We must:

  1. Find a solution on carbon markets, by creating a robust system of carbon credits that supports the move to net zero.
  2. Resolve the issues of transparency, by putting in place a universal system that encourages all countries to keep to their commitments.
  3. Broker an agreement that drives ambition from governments over the coming years to keep 1.5 degrees alive.
The UN negotiations are consensus-based, and reaching agreement will depend on leaving no issue behind and making sure everyone’s voice is heard. 

Which is why we are working hard to remove barriers that prevent everyone from participating in COP26 and championing the voices of communities vulnerable to climate change, including indigenous peoples and communities grappling with the transition from high carbon activities. 


Devon Climate Emergency

The Devon Climate Emergency project is raising awareness and encouraging everyone to act. A range of organisations across Devon have declared a climate and ecological emergency and have endorsed the principles of the Devon Climate Declaration. Together, we are working on…


A Net-Zero Task Force has been appointed, which will use its specialist knowledge and experience to produce an evidence-led Devon Carbon Plan. This will consider the earliest, credible, date that should be set for net-zero emissions.

Between October 2019 and January 2020 the Task Force ran a call for evidence and conducted a series of thematic hearings (meetings), to help gather views, evidence and data which has created a foundation from which to develop recommendations for the Devon Carbon Plan. 

The Task Force assessed all available data and contributions from the evidence gathering phase to identify which actions can be adopted more easily across Devon. These ideas were used to produce a draft Interim Devon Carbon Plan that was published for consultation on the 7th December 2020. Ideas that were deemed more controversial or challenging to implement will be presented to the Citizens’ Assembly in June and July of 2021 to ensure the recommendations in the Final Devon Carbon Plan reflect the opinions of Devon’s citizens. 

We are excited to announce the publication of the Devon Climate Assembly report. This report is a major milestone for the Devon Climate Emergency project, as the findings presented here reflect the priorities of the Devon citizens’ assembly in tackling the climate emergency, and will inform the next iteration of our Devon Carbon Plan. We hope you enjoy reading their reflections, as we look forward to transforming them into deliverable actions. 

Once the Citizens’ Assembly has met, the Net-Zero Task Force will bring everything together to produce a draft Final Devon Carbon Plan.


The climate is already changing and we all need to prepare to live in a warmer world. The Climate Impacts Group is using its collective knowledge to create a Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan. This will consider how the region and its citizens can adapt to living in a warmer world.

Following the Met Office’s release of climate projections for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, the Climate Impacts Group have reviewed the information and interpreted its implications for the South West. This work has lead to the creation of a Climate Change Risk Register – a document which identifies the range of climate risks that the South West is facing, and scores each of them depending on their likelihood and potential impact. Our next step is to identify the parties responsible for responding to each risk, and to address any existing gaps in our preparedness for climate adaptation. Once the existing gaps have been assessed and remedied, we will move on to creating our Adaptation Plan, which will then be put to key stakeholders and the general public for consultation. After the consultation is complete, we will be able to incorporate any feedback before finalizing the plan and working with organizations to put it into practice. 


As well as working to create a Devon Carbon Plan and a Devon, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Adaptation Plan, partners have also been working on many immediate projects. 


Flood Alerts in Devon 29th October 2021 


Wikipedia The 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26, is the 26th United Nations Climate Change conference. It is scheduled to be held in Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom, between 31 October and 12 November 2021, under the co-presidency of the United Kingdom and Italy. The conference is the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the third meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement. This conference is the first time that parties are expected to commit to enhanced ambition since COP21. Parties are required to carry out every five years, as outlined in the Paris Agreement, a process colloquially known as the 'ratchet mechanism'. The venue for the conference is the SEC Centre in Glasgow. Originally due to be held in November 2020 at the same venue, the event was postponed for twelve months because of the COVID-19 pandemic in Scotland. 

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