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Glasgow will host COP26 UN climate summit in November 2020

Glasgow will be the host city for the UN’s 26th climate change conference in November 2020. This summit brings together over 30,000 delegates from around the world, including climate experts, business leaders and citizens to agree ambitious action to tackle climate change.

Claire Perry, UK nominated President for COP26 said “In 2020, world leaders will come together to discuss how to tackle climate change on a global scale – and where better to do so than Glasgow, one of the UK’s most sustainable cities with a great track record for hosting high-profile international events. I welcome the nomination from our partners in the UN regional group to host COP26 in Glasgow in partnership with Italy. The UK is a world-leader in emissions reduction, and we have recently committed to reducing our net emissions to zero.”

Nigel Holmes, CEO of the Scottish Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association, added “Glasgow and Scotland can be an outstanding showcase for low carbon and zero emission technologies. But with just over 12 months until the summit there is a need for planning and prompt action. Scotland has a unique opportunity to be the shop window for the hydrogen and fuel cell solutions which tackle ‘difficult to treat’ areas of heat and transport. These solutions are available now and can be deployed at scale to avoid the worst effects of climate change.”

The announcement by the UN means the UK is now officially backed by the group of countries responsible for nominating the 2020 host. International allies formally gave their backing for Britain to host COP26 in 2020.

Nigel Holmes