Policies and Documents

COP26

COP 26 United Nations Climate Change Conference 2021

What is COP26?

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.

This year will be the 26th annual summit – ‘COP26’ with the UK as President, and will take place in Glasgow.

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

We worked in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council to deliver a COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow event on Monday 8 November 10am – 12noon.

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.

Mid & East Antrim - COP26 from BNL Productions on Vimeo.

To support COP26, we are hosting a number of events to demonstrate our commitment to reducing our carbon emissions and to ensure our residents are prepared for future climate-related events.

At the COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow event, the Mayor also launched our new Climate Change video below.

What are we planning to deliver?

Wrightbus and Kilroot Energy Park being part of the Zero Carbon Bus Tour – to be showcased at COP26

We are working 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 carboncopy.eco website. The bus will arrive in Glasgow for the start of COP26.

Council’s Climate Change Case Studies - to be showcased by NILGA at COP26.

We will be showcasing 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.

Read our COP26 Case Studies & Watch Video

The Case Studies include:

Topic

Project

Waste/Recycling/Circular Economy

Waste Management and Recycling Service (HRCs)

Waste/Recycling/Circular Economy

Digital Deposit Return Scheme, Whitehead

Waste/Recycling/Circular Economy

School Uniform Scheme

Waste/Recycling/Circular Economy

Christmas Toy Container Scheme

Waste/Recycling/Circular Economy

CIRCUS: Circular Economy Social Enterprise Programme

Energy / Water

Energy/Water Consumption Reduction

Biodiversity

Red Squirrel introduction, Carnfunnock Country Park

Biodiversity

MEA4Trees

Biodiversity

Sustainable Planting

Biodiversity

Herbicide usage reduction

Biodiversity

Sustainable Food Places

Biodiversity / Waste

Community Fridges

Emergency Planning/Resilience

Community resilience

Energy

Energy Detectives

ICT/Procurement

ICT/Procurement Project

MEA

Agile Framework

Capital Works

St. Patricks Barracks (BREEAM standard – excellent)

Greenzone event

We, in partnership with Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, will be hosting a Greenzone event to raise awareness of Climate Change on 8 November – Live streamed to COP26 by Climate NI.

This event will be multi-faceted and regionally significant. This is a collaborative event with both Council’s hosting, and a number of guest speakers providing insight into their local business and how they’re tackling climate change.

Guest speakers: Colm Warren, NWP, Met Office and Rivers Agency.

You can sign up for this event at the dedicated Eventbrite listing: COP26 Regional Climate Roadshow - Together for our Planet - Local Climate Action

MEA4Trees

Council has contributed its MEA4Trees campaign toward a regional video prepared by the Northern Ireland Local Government Association (NILGA) - to be showcased at COP26. The MEA4Trees campaign was launched during Tree Week in 2019 and involves Council working with partner organisations and the community to plant 58,000 native trees over 5 years - this is one for each household in the Borough. Council have already planted over 45,000 trees in the first 2 years of delivering the project and are working with the Woodland Trust to ensure these are quality native stock.

Regional Community Resilience Group

The Regional Community Resilience Group (RCRG) was formed in 2013 to help local communities prepare for and respond to weather related emergencies.

The group brings together Multi-Agency Partner Organisations from government, utilities and the voluntary sector to work for and with Communities at Risk of Severe Weather.

This video showcases the work of the Regional Community Resilience Group who bring together many agencies and people to deal with the impact of climate change in local areas. 

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.