Climate Change & Sustainability

COP26 – what was achieved?

For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’.

In that time, climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

In 2021, COP26 was the 26th annual summit – ‘COP26’ with the UK as President and took place in Glasgow.

In the run up to COP26 the UK continued to work with every nation to reach agreement on how to tackle climate change. World leaders arrived in Scotland, alongside tens of thousands of negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens for twelve days of talks.

What did we do locally to support COP26?

We worked in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to deliver a COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow event on Monday 8 November 2021.

We invited guest speakers from Met Office, Climate NI, Rivers Agency, GenComm, Energia, Natural World Products, Bryson Recycling, MyNI, Mayors and Council officers.

The event covered four main themes:

1.       Understanding Climate Change

2.       Reimagining Energy and Fuel – a Local Perspective

3.       What Councils are Doing to Address Climate Change

4.       Supporting and Leading Behavioural Change

The event was a great success and was recorded below so that you can view it at a time that suits you.

What did we deliver?

Wrightbus and Kilroot Energy Park being part of the Zero Carbon Bus Tour

We worked with Planet Mark and the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) to deliver the Northern Ireland leg of the National Zero-Carbon bus tour, promoting COP26 messaging and gathering case studies for international promotion via the website. The bus arrived in Glasgow for the start of COP26.

Council’s Climate Change Case Studies

During COP26, we showcased a number of programmes, projects, operational changes and community engagement initiatives to demonstrate our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and to ensure our residents are prepared for future climate-related events.

This begins our journey to deliver mitigation actions which involved reducing our carbon emissions.

Read our COP26 Case Studies 

Glasgow Declaration

On behalf of the Glasgow Food and Climate Declaration Secretariat ‘Nourish Scotland’ recently presented the below certificate of signatory status for Mid and East Antrim.

It is accompanied by their thanks for Mid and East Antrim’s work integrating food systems policy to address the climate crisis.

Nourish Scotland look forward to engaging with us in the new year about the path forward from COP26 for both the Glasgow Declaration and its signatories.