Oct 29, 2021Clean Energy Future

COP26: Explainer

Confused about COP26? Well cop this, our quick explainer to the action over the next fortnight.

COP26 is the United Nations Climate Change Conference. COP has an almost 30-year legacy of uniting near to every nation on earth for a summit on global climate. The event tackles the many issues surrounding how the world goes about addressing climate change, both individually and collectively.

What’s a COP?

COP is an acronym that stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. The 26 in the name signifies that it is the 26th annual summit.

In 2021, the conference will be held in Glasgow, Scotland over two weeks running from the 31st of October to the 12th of November.

With the UK as the events President, COP26 is an event of global significance, with COP21 in Paris, 2015 seeing the birth of the Paris Agreement. Big things are expected from this years’ summit, as well.

Who attends?

World leaders, government representatives, businesses, negotiators, and citizens are all in attendance.

What happens at COP?

The aim of COP26 is accelerated action on climate change. The summit seeks to work with every nation in attendance to come to some agreement on how climate change can be tackled.

Why is this COP so Important? This year, climate change has taken on a sense of international urgency, and big steps are expected to be taken to define what the next five years will look like in climate action.

What’s your angle, gas industry?

Natural gas has a vital role to play in helping with climate action. For example, natural gas provides almost half of Australia’s household energy but produces just 13% of household emissions.

It’s also a perfect partner for renewables. It works alongside renewables all over Australia for cleaner energy. Partnered with high-tech emissions reduction and removal projects nationwide, the industry is a genuine part of the conversation on climate action.

The impact goes beyond just Australia. Natural gas is replacing coal, dung and wood fires in Asia, meaning clearer skies for our regions and cleaner energy for our neighbours.

Can’t get enough COP? Head to https://ukcop26.org/ for more. The organisers have created an in depth PDF explainer you can download here.