What is COP26?
COP is short for Conference of the Parties. Its members are 196 countries and the EU which have all signed the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), agreed in 1994.
The ultimate aim of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change is to prevent dangerous human interference with the climate system by stabilising greenhouse gas concentrations.
The COP26 global climate summit is the 26th annual Conference of the Parties and will be held in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021. The summit will involve government officials from the COP countries who have the job of coordinating the global response to the threat of climate change.
COP26 has particular urgency. At COP21 in Paris in 2015, every nation agreed to work together to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees and aim for 1.5 degrees. This is known as the Paris Agreement.
Commitments made then did not come close to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees, so the time from now until 2030 is crucial for limiting global warming. Countries must go much further than the Paris Agreement to keep this goal within reach.
What are the goals of COP26?
- Secure global net zero by 2050 and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees
- Adapt human behaviour to protect communities and natural habitats
- Make finance available to reduce emissions
- Work together to deliver on the goals
What is Conwy doing?
We have committed to lead our communities in delivering a net zero carbon county and have set up the Climate Challenge Programme to deliver this.
Conwy’s decarbonisation plan shows the path we will follow to become a net zero Local Authority, contributing to the UK’s commitment under the Paris Agreement.