A look ahead at week one of COP26

COP26 officially started on Sunday 31 October with world leaders and global representatives gathering in Glasgow for the most important climate conference of our time. In this blog we look at the events happening across the first week of COP26 and where the Carbon Tour team will be.

Charlotte Cameron
COP26 Glasgow
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What’s happening this week at COP26?

Sunday 31 October

COP26 Presidency Programme: Procedural Opening of Negotiations 
World leaders and delegates arrive and meet in Glasgow

Where the Planet Mark team will be:
The Zero Carbon Tour team’s 100% electric coach joins the ‘Electric Road to COP26’ – a cavalcade of electric vehicles making their way to Glasgow to mark the beginning of the conference. This event is hosted by EVA Scotland and EVA England.

Monday 1 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: World Leader’s Summit
The Opening Ceremony and the first part of the high-level segment for world leaders, Heads of State and Governments to deliver concrete actions and plans to achieving COP goals and tackling climate change.  

The World Leader’s Summit also begins with the national statements for Heads of State and Governments.

Where the Planet Mark team will be:
Electric Juice Depot event hosted by First Bus, Octopus Energy & Hitachi Europe at Glasgow’s largest EV charging depot.

Tuesday 2 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: World Leader’s Summit 
The second day of the World Leader’s Summit.

Where the Planet Mark team will be:
Planet Mark Founder and CEO Steve Malkin speaks on roundtable with Normative and Google on SMEs and the Race to Zero. 

Wednesday 3 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: Finance 
Mobilising public and private finance flows at scale for mitigation and adaptation.

Where the Planet Mark team will be: 
Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in Northern Ireland. 

Planet Mark will speak at Walk2CoP26 – a gathering of those who have walked, cycled, flown and driven in low-carbon ways to Glasgow so they can share their stories and some of their encounters. 

Roundtable with the Royal Warrant Holders Associationprivate event 

Thursday 4 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: Energy
Accelerating the global transition to clean energy. 

Where the Planet Mark team will be: 
Net Zero Now event partnered with Tech Nation  

Friday 5 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: Youth and public empowerment
Elevating the voice of young people and demonstrating the critical role of public empowerment and education in climate action. 

Where the Planet Mark team will be: 
The EXTREME Hangout youth-focused hub.

Saturday 6 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: Nature
Ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use are part of global action on climate change and a clean, green recovery. 

Where the Planet Mark team will be: 
Greenfleet EVolution 

Sunday 7 November

COP26 Presidency Programme: Rest day
Rest day ahead of the second week of negotiations 

Where the Planet Mark team will be: 
The World COP

What will a successful COP26 look like?

Success in Glasgow could help bend the curve of carbon emissions downward, offering a path towards a stable and thriving planet. Failure could further stall the process of decarbonizing the global economy, locking in the rapid temperature rises scientists say will bring more extreme weather events, accelerate sea level rise, and threaten the climate systems on which we all depend. 

Here are the key actions that the international community need to agree on to determine a successful outcome at COP26.  

  1. A benchmark of no more than 1.5 
  2. Support and funding for developing nations 
  3. Mobilise around net zero – all countries to commit to net zero targets and support for businesses to achieve it 
  4. Common international standards and frameworks agreed upon for measuring success 
  5. Clear commitments in the UK and globally to give confidence and stability to businesses  in order to invest 

How can Planet Mark help?

This critical period between 2020 and 2030, the Decade of Action, requires bold and ambitious commitments to tackle the climate crisis, and that means shifting to net zero carbon. No matter what stage in your net zero journey you are on, from committing to a target to creating the action plan needed to get there, we’re here to support you.

You can view an overview of our Zero Carbon Solutions here. 

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