COP26 Events

COP26, the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference, takes place October 31 – November 12 in Glasgow, Scotland. Here you’ll find a list of ocean-related events happening around COP26, including an official Blue Zone event co-organized by the World Ocean Council. This page is regularly updated, so check back for the latest information.

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The World Ocean Council is honored to participate in the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). WOC has been selected to co-organize an official COP26 side event in the Blue Zone. CEO Paul Holthus is also joining the World Climate Summit as a panel moderator. See details below.

Event: Carbon Conservation & Sequestration in Ocean: Nature-Based & Technology Solutions

November 6 | 15:00-16:15 BST | Blue Zone – Forth Room (44 pax)

The ocean has long been Earth’s primary sustained carbon sink, mitigating the effects of climate change since the Industrial Era. After decades of severe ocean degradation, the future of ocean carbon sink is uncertain — especially in low-emissions scenarios. There is considerable interest in marine ecosystem-based approaches and other interventions for carbon dioxide removal (CDR). But the risks and potential of these techniques — along with related scientific, societal and policy challenges — need to be fully evaluated.

Opening with a recorded introduction from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco, discussions will explore the role of marine nature-based solutions to mitigate climate change, and options for CDR from technological to industrial levels. This Blue Zone event has been organized in collaboration with the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Monaco Scientific Center, Foundation BNP Paribas, World Ocean Council, the University of Bergen, and Future Earth.


  • Nathalie Hilmi, Centre Scientifique de Monaco
  • Paul Holthus, World Ocean Council
  • Minhan Dai, Future Earth
  • Lise Øvreås, Bergen University
  • Sebastien Soleille, BNP Paribas


Panel: Accelerating the Green Transition & Technologies through Partnerships – Best Practices from the Shipping Sector

November 7 | 15:00-16:00 GMT | Hilton Glasgow

Mr. Holthus moderates this blue economy session during the World Climate Summit – The Investment COP. World Ocean Council is proud to partner with the World Climate Foundation, organizer of this COP26 side event in Glasgow. Find more information on the 2-day event here. 

The session includes a panel discussion with representatives from the International Maritime Organization, Maersk, the American Bureau of Shipping, and Kuehne & Nagel. Information & Registration


Panel: Enabling a Climate-Resilience Future

November 8 | 10:00-10:45 GMT | Wood House, Glasgow

CEO Paul Holthus also joins a panel as part of the Wood @ COP26 event, Wood & the UN Sustainable Development Goals: Partnerships to Deliver Real-World Solutions.

Whether referring to the findings of the IPCC’s Sixth Assessment Report as a “code red for humanity” or highlighting the irreversible damage that has been inflicted on the planet, the central message of the report was clear. Far from being a medium- to long-term concern for isolated areas of the globe, global warming and its effects are current and universal. Building resilience to climate events is essential to long-term sustainability. The role of natural capital and nature-based solutions in delivering resilient environments must not be forgotten. This session will examine case studies of both infrastructure and nature-based solutions and look at how resilience is being promoted in different ways around the world.


  • Nick Jarritt – Director, Sustainability Advisory Services, Wood Plc
  • Lucy Pinkerton – Consultant, Hydrology, Wood Plc
  • Eric Giersky – UN Global Compact Ocean Stewardship Coalition
  • Paul Holthus – President, World Ocean Council
  • Ivan Paspaldzhiev – Natural & Social Capital Lead, Denkstatt


Panel: Over the Horizon: Business-led Ocean Solutions to Climate Change

November 11 | Virtual

WOC organized this session for the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) forum Make Climate Action Everyone’s Business, November 1-13 in parallel to COP26.

The forum gathered 10,000+ participants from more than 100 countries to drive progress on critical climate issues for regulatory frameworks, and the incentives needed to rapidly decarbonize the global economy. Participants include business leaders across sectors and jurisdictions, policymakers leading the UN negotiation process, and local government representatives. Register to watch session recordings

The WOC session, moderated by Mr. Holthus, brought together a multi-sectoral panel to address the business, investment and innovation needs and opportunities of the ocean/climate nexus:

1. Port/coastal infrastructure adaptation – Piotr Konopka, Senior Manager, Global Energy & Decarbonisation, DP World
2. Advancing renewables – Christoph Harwood, Director of Policy and Strategy, Simply Blue
3. Ocean CO2 removal – Jill Storey, Advisory Board Member, Ocean Nourishment
4. Ocean investment – Andrew Smith, Executive Director, Greenbackers Investment Capital
5. Ocean innovation – Ido Sella, Co-Founder and CEO, Econcrete

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Located at the Scottish Events Campus, the Blue Zone is a UN-managed space which hosts the negotiations, official side events, exhibits, and cultural events. All attendees within the Blue Zone must be accredited by the UNFCCC. More details can be found on the UNFCCC website. Below is a selection of ocean-related events taking place in the Blue Zone. Find a complete list of Blue Zone events here.

November 1

The State of the Global Climate Observing System: GCOS Status Report 2021

10:00 BST | Blue Pavilion (WMO/MO/IPCC)

The session will review the state of the global climate observing system as per GCOS Status Report 2021, informing policy makers, and those with oversight over observing networks and satellite observations, about the recent achievements in the system, as well as its gaps and deficiencies. Organized by the Global Climate Observing System (GCOS). Information & Livestream

Tracking Ocean Climate Change & Impacts on Our Fragile Ocean

13:00 GMT | Online & Blue Pavilion (WMO/MO/IPCC)

Our current ocean observing system is fragile, reliant on piecemeal funding and key organisations and individuals. During the UN Ocean Decade we can transform our currently fragile ocean observing system, to support climate action and sustainable development. Includes a short video, panel discussion, and Q&A. Organized by the World Meteorological Organization and the UK Meteorological Organization. Livestream

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November 3

Closing the Funding Gap: Innovations for Investing in Nature-Based Soltuions in Coral Reef Conservation

8:00-9:00 GMT | Online & WWF Pavilion

In partnership with the World Wildlife Federation and the Coral Reef Rescue Initiative, this session explores coral reef conservation and resiliency, investment in reefs as a nature-based climate change solution, along with a panel discussion and Q&A.

Climate Action, Resiliency, Ecosystem Restoration & Future Climate Engineering Solutions

11:30-12:45 BST | Multimedia Studio 2

The Climate change fight requires different actors. We will combine new engineering solutions with experiences achieved through ecovillage development and with the work done in the Global South. Furthermore, we will discuss the role of media & of national energy planning to achieve the climate goals. Host: United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Expected Attendees: Global Ecovillage Network (GEN – International), BBC Media Action, Danish Society of Engineers, Nordic Folkecenter for Renewable Energy (NFVE), The Institution of Chemical Engineers.

UNFCCC: SCF Side event

13:15-14:30 BST | Clyde Auditorium (175 pax)

Launching event of 4th Biennial Assessment and Overview of Climate Finance Flows (2020) and the first report on the determination of the needs of developing country Parties related to implementing the Convention and the Paris Agreement (2020). Host: Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Expected Attendees: The Standing Committee on Finance.

Monetising Carbon Removal – How to Ensure Communicating Regimes?

11:30 – 13:00 GMT | IETA Business Hub Pavilion

Panel discussion with Q&A exploring what is needed to ensure complementarity between the VCM, Article 6 and NDCs. Organised and facilitated by CCS+ Initiative. Gabrielle Walker, Director of Valence Solutions, is speaking on the panel.

Carbon Removals & Compliance Markets: Enabling the ‘Net’ in Net Zero

13:30 – 15:00 GMT | IETA Business Hub Pavilion

Panel discussion on integrating carbon removals into compliance markets.

Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation Through Coastal Ecosystems Conservation & Restoration

14:30-15:30 GMT | EU Pavilion

Coral reefs, mangrove forests, and seagrass meadows are marine and coastal ecosystems provide a multitude of benefits to society and ecology, including climate adaptation and mitigation. The session will present approaches to restore and conserve these ecosystems, as well as showcase field practices, discuss adaptive capacity, knowledge sharing, and the scaling up of restoration activities. Speakers include UN Oceans Ambassador Peter Thomson, Head of Marine Programme for IUCN Minna Epps, and others. Hosts: ICRS, Blue Mangrove Fund – Friendship and GEOMAR.

Models Accelerating Industry-Wide Progress to Achieve Climate & Food Systems Goals

14:00-15:30 GMT | South Africa Pavilion

Leaders in aquaculture, food systems and climate impact are coming together to share the progress of strategies private sector put in place to unite unlikely partners and competitors behind a common cause — vastly reducing the carbon footprint of food production. They will share specific details of how these strategies can be mirrored by others to secure sustainable financing, improve industry reputation and earn social license to operate based on tangible, measurable sustainability progress. The models they’ll share have resulted in billions secured in government funding for more responsible modes of production, sparked innovations for aquaculture — the world’s fastest growing food sector (up 527% between 1990 – 2018), and motivated rapid transformation across industries. Recording will be available on-demand at Climate Change TV. Host: Global Salmon Initiative.

Antarctica & Overshoot Scenarios: Risks of Irreversible Sea-level Rise

15:00-16:15 BST | Multimedia Studio 2

Recent published research shows the danger of massive, potentially irreversible, global sea-level rise within the next couple of centuries should temperatures overshoot 2°C. SCAR and IPCC scientists provide a clear-eyed look at risks from Antarctica and implications for SIDS and future generations. Host: SCAR Scientific Research Programme leaders. Expected Attendees: Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), Climate Policy Center (CPC), Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC), Climate Policy Center (CPC), International Cryosphere Climate Initiative (ICCI).

Toward Net-Zero Emission Pathways Using the Circular Carbon Economy Framework

16:45-18:00 BST | Multimedia Studio 2

The circular carbon economy (CCE) is a holistic approach to managing emissions that takes an inclusive view to all mitigation options & seeks cost-effective solutions that also enable creating value from carbon. The event will explore the role of models/metrics in supporting countries implement CCEs. Host: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC). Expected Attendees: King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center (KAPSARC), Institute of Energy Economics, Japan (IEEJ).

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November 4

Taking Action to Advance Urban Resilience in SIDS and Vulnerable Coastal Cities

13:00-14:00 GMT | Commonwealth Secretariat Pavilion

This event will showcase innovative tools, approaches, and new announcements focusing on building resilience in vulnerable coastal cities. It will include opening remarks by Stimson’s Environmental Security Director, Sally Yozell, who will introduce CORVI, launch the new CORVI data portal, and discuss findings and recommendations from recently completed CORVI assessments in the East African cities of Mombasa and Dar es Salaam. Government representatives from Kenya and St. Kitts and Nevis will highlight how climate change is impacting their coastal cities and blue economies and showcase how their countries are advancing climate resilience strategies. Further discussion will focus on the importance of regional collaboration and how to unlock investment for nature-based solutions and additional financial resources to safeguard the future of vulnerable coastal cities. Hosted by the Commonwealth Secretariat. Information

Let’s Start the Ocean Data Revolution in the Nordics! Building Partnerships for Integrated Nature-Based Solutions to Climate Change

November 4 | 14:00-16:00 GMT | Online & Nordic Pavilion

Come and hear how actors of the academic world collaborate with businesses and policy makers to support the Blue Carbon Value Chain and provide transferable solutions to climate change mitigation. This side-event is organized by ICOS ERIC together with Accenture Sweden, the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research in Norway and SOCAT/University of East Anglia. Information

Stemming the Tide: Innovative Tools and Actions to Aid Coastal City Adaption & Improve Resilience

15:00-16:15 GMT | Japan Pavilion

The recent IPCC report has demonstrated that climate impacts will continue to worsen around the world, with coastal cities at the forefront of these changes. Rising sea levels, increasing temperatures, the intensification of extreme weather events, and more erratic rainfall are amplifying economic, social, and environmental vulnerability in coastal areas. Small Island Developing States and coastal Least Developed Countries are often the most affected and least able to prepare and respond to climate impacts. As a result, implementing smart adaptation investments and long-term resilience strategies require detailed information and data to inform decision making. In response, a new decision support tool, CORVI, has been developed to aid governments, industries, and financial institutions in making targeted investments which prioritize actions that minimize city level risk. The event will include a keynote address from Monica Medina, Assistant Secretary at the US State Department as well as remarks from government representatives of Japan, Tanzania, the Philippines, and Bangladesh on the urgent need to build urban coastal resilience. Ms. Sally Yozell from the Stimson Center will also highlight new CORVI risk assessments in coastal cities in the Pacific and Indian Ocean and East Africa and showcase a new CORVI data portal to help leaders make data-driven investments to build climate resilience and safeguard the future sustainability of coastal cities. A representative from the insurance industry will discuss how tools such as CORVI can help investors minimize ocean-derived risk and build and develop new financing mechanisms and insurance products. Information

Managing Biofouling – A Win-Win Solution to Help Curb Climate Change & Preserve Ocean Biodiversity

15:00-16:15 BST | Forth Room (44 pax)

Best management practices and innovative technological solutions are readily available to support in part the IMO GHG reduction targets that have been set out for the shipping industry to achieve by 2050. Hosts: Baltic and International Maritime Council (BIMCO), International Association of Oil and Gas Producers (IOGP), International Chamber of Shipping (ICS). Biofouling on ships’ hulls leads to higher fuel consumption and more greenhouse gases emitted.

Corals & Climate; Global, National & Local Approaches

15:00-16:30 BST | Online & Commonwealth Pavilion

Hosts: Commonwealth Secretariat & UK government

Ocean Solutions: Coordination & Collaboration for Ocean-Based Mitigation & Adaptation

16:45-18:00 BST | Forth Room (44 pax)

This event will showcase how action-driven trans-disciplinary science and cross-sectoral collaboration can help stakeholders adapt to the climate-induced challenges placed on the ocean and thus improve sustainable development, limiting warming to 1.5 °C, enhancing NDCs, and helping achieve Net Zero. Hosts: International Coastal and Ocean Organization (ICO), Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), Sasakawa Peace Foundation (OPRI-SPF), World Ocean Network (WON).

Aligning Export Finance with the Paris Agreement: High Time to Phase out Fossil Fuels

16:45-18:00 BST | Multimedia Studio 3

Contrary to Art. 2.1c of the Paris Agreement, many countries heavily support fossil fuel investments abroad contributing to carbon lock-in. Highlighting the impacts caused by export finance in the global South, this side event will provide concrete recommendations to decarbonize export finance. Hosts: University of Zurich (UZH), Abibimman Foundation (AF), Both ENDS Foundation (Both ENDS), Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH Zurich), Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW).

Blue Carbon Protections in NDCS

18:30-19:45 BST | Multimedia Studio 3

Moderated Ministerial panel of countries who have included coastal wetland (mangrove, seagrass and saltmarsh) protections in their updated NDCs. Discussion on NDC development/implementation and how these efforts can speak to other potential nature-based solutions. Hosts: Pew Charitable Trusts (PCT), Government of Seychelles.

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November 5 

Thirsty for Change: The Goals of the Paris Agreement are Within Reach by Tapping the Potential of Water

11:30 – 14:15 GTM | Action Room 1, Hydro

Organised by the Marrakech Partnership Water group, including AGWA, CDP, IUCN and SIWI.

Blue Food: Businesses Bridging Nutrition Needs with Climate Action

13:15-14:15 GMT | Online & SDG Pavilion

Food from the ocean is vital to nourish a growing global population. Fish derived from sustainably managed fisheries and aquaculture is known to have one of the lowest carbon footprints. Small-scale fisheries likely provide nearly half the world’s seafood, playing a critical role in food security. More still needs to be done to establish Blue Food as a pillar of nutritional and environmental policy. Seafood companies are taking climate action to advance their social license to operate. Regenerative aquaculture can improve the health of the waters to become more resilient to changing environmental conditions. Many seafood companies are also taking action to reduce emissions through setting bold science-based targets. This session will bring together executives to discuss what the seafood industry is doing to advance climate action, in turn, supporting global food security. Speakers include Erik Giercksky, Head of the Ocean Stewardship Coalition, UN Global Compact; Wenche Grønbrekk, Global Head of Sustainable Development for Cermaq; Mark Zimring, Lead, Pacific Island Tuna project, TNC; Shakuntala Thilstead of World Fish and others. Information & Registration

Powering Past Gas – the Role of Public Finance for a Just Energy Transition for All

13:15-14:30 BST | Multimedia Studio 2

Following the UK Government ending overseas finance to all fossil fuels, this will refute claims for gas as a transition fuel for poverty reduction & net-zero emissions. Hearing from voices across Africa on how public finance and energy policy can support a clean and just energy transition for all. Hosts: Tearfund, Climate Action Network International (CAN International), The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD).

MPGCA: Ocean & Coastal Zones Action Event

14:30—17:15 GMT | Climate Action Room 1

This high-level meeting will be the main multi-stakeholder ocean meeting at COP26, gathering heads of states, local communities, business leaders, UN organisations, scientific institutions and NGO leaders. Information

Reducing Ships’ Black Carbon Emissions to Protect the Arctic

14:30 GMT | Online & Cryosphere Pavilion

Speakers will address the Arctic cryosphere crisis, the implications for the people of the Arctic and the planet as a whole, implications for health and the role of shipping in reducing impacts through black carbon reductions. Host: Clean Arctic Alliance. Information

Powering Forward in the Critical Decade: Business Leaders in Energy, Building & Circular Economy

15:00-16:15 BST | Forth Room (44 pax)

Ambitious NDCs send market signals that can advance economic recovery and redirect climate-smart investments into infrastructure, energy systems and the circular economy. Partnerships with the private sector can deliver GHG reductions, increase resilience and expand health & economic benefits. Hosts: Business Council for Sustainable Energy (BCSE), Corn Refiners Association, Inc. (CRA), Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG), U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Expected Attendees: Business executives and experts from energy, buildings, bioeconomy and agriculture sectors.

Refreeze The Arctic: Increasing our Ambition to Maintain a Safe & Stable Climate

15:00-16:15 BST | Multimedia Studio 1

A stable Arctic is critical to maintaining a safe and stable global climate. The degradation of biophysical systems in the Arctic threatens to severely impact carbon budgets, weather systems, and sea levels everywhere. We will discuss appropriate climate ambition to keep these systems intact. Hosts: Woodwell Climate Research Center (WHRC), Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).

Building Back a Net-Zero Resilient Economy Through Governance, Policy, Standards, Skills & Inclusion

16:45-18:00 BST | Multimedia Studio 3

The climate emergency requires an economy wide approach to integrate net zero and resilience. Linking the real economy through standards and aligning through governance, consumers and skills. We will showcase requirements and explore the role for standards to help fast track and embed transition. Hosts: International Organization for Standardization (ISO), Consumers International (CI), International Accreditation Forum Inc. (IAF), The Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA).

Transitioning Towards Low-Carbon & Climate Resilient Pathways by 2050

18:30-19:45 BST | Multimedia Studio 1

Event will showcase different pathways for achieving a just, low-carbon, and climate-resilient transition by 2050. This will include key considerations for addressing mitigation and adaptation challenges, such as technology innovations, energy use, and emissions to ratchet up climate ambitions. Hosts: The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO).

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November 6

Mobilizing Ocean-Climate Action at all Levels for Increased Climate Ambition

11:30-12:45 BST | Lomond Auditorium (144 pax)

Healthy oceans and coastal areas are a critical part of the climate solution. COP26 presents an opportunity to mobilize ocean-climate ambition at all levels. We will discuss national and community-led solutions, focusing on pathways for increased ocean climate action at COP and on the ground. Hosts: Rare, Government of Australia, Government of Fiji. Expected Attendees: High-level representatives from the Friends of Ocean and Climate group, including from the governments of Chile, Costa Rica, Fiji, Norway, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States, and local leaders from coastal communities.

Accelerating Along the Pathway to Net-Zero with Large-Scale Carbon Dioxide Removal & Storage

11:30-12:45 BST | Multimedia Studio 2

We need to take rapid & drastic action to reduce emissions and tackle climate change. Large scale CO2 removal and storage has a key role to play in achieving net-zero and net-negative emissions. Effective governance is needed to realise the SDGs and ensure a just transition to a sustainable future. Hosts: Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs Inc. (CCEIA), CO2GeoNet – The European Network of Excellence on Geological Storage of CO2 (CO2GeoNet). Expected Attendees: High-level experts from IPCC, Norway, Dalberg Africa.

Towards a Shared Blue Prosperity Under Changing Climate

13:15-14:30 BST | Forth Room (44 pax)

In this side event, we will share a novel framework and evidence to realise a shared blue prosperity through aquatic food systems under changing climate. Hosts: International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management (WorldFish), Climate and Sustainable Development Network of Nigeria (CSDevNet). Expected Attendees: H.E. Sheikh Hasina, Prime Minister of the government of the People’s Republic of Bangladesh; Prof Saleemul Huq, Director, ICCCAD; Shakuntala Thilsted, winner of the 2021 World Food Prize; Gareth Johnstone, Director General, WorldFish Center.

Seaweed as a Nature-Based Climate Solution

14:15-15:30 | SDG Pavilion

This session will discuss how seaweed, or marine macroalgae, can be a significant nature-based climate solution with large scaling potential that can directly sequester carbon and indirectly displace greenhouse gas emissions in numerous ways. Discussions will centre on the UN Global Compact recent vision statement on “Seaweed as a Nature-based Solution for Climate Change.” Information & Registration

Carbon Conservation & Sequestration in Ocean: Nature-Based Solutions & other Marine Processes

15:00-16:15 BST | Forth Room (44 pax)

Many coastal blue carbon ecosystems have been recently lost or badly degraded. There is a need to improve protection and consider restoration wherever practicable, through the design of novel and smart, cross-sectorial and multi-regulatory responses. Hosts: Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco (FPA2), Fondation BNP Paribas (Fondation BNP Paribas), Future Earth International, Universitetet i Bergen (UiB), World Ocean Council (WOC).

Litigation, Fair Share, & the Climate Responsibilities of Governments & Fossil Fuel Companies

15:00-16:15 | Multimedia Studio 1

Climate responsibility is increasingly being addressed through litigation. In May a Dutch court ruled that Shell must cut emissions pursuant to the Paris Agreement. How should science, ethics, and the law inform government and corporate climate accountability and fair shares of emissions reductions? Hosts: Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Asociación Interamericana para la Defensa del Ambiente (AIDA), University of Eastern Finland (UEF).

Pacific Coast Leaders Advance Low Carbon Construction: Taking Climate Action for Low Carbon Buildings & Infrastructure

16:00-17:00 GMT | Online & 1.5 Pavilion

Leaders along the Pacific Coast of North America will announce that the Pacific Coast Collaborative will be taking climate action for low carbon buildings through a new task force to reduce embodied carbon and toxic materials in infrastructure and construction. This convening action will make the Pacific Coast Collaborative the largest region or country globally to signal this direction to the market, which will influence heavy industries including cement, concrete, steel, aluminum to accelerate the development of low carbon materials and will boost clean investment that significantly reduces climate pollution. Hosted by Pacific Coast Collaborative.

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November 8

Scaling Carbon Removal Worldwide to Achieve the Paris Agreement and Beyond: The Power of Global Partnerships and the Oceans

9:30-10:30 GMT | Nature + Zone Pavilion

This session will highlight two bold and ambitious efforts intended to massively scale safe, durable and financeable carbon removal (CDR) through both natural and technological solutions. There will be breaking news from a cross-sectoral multi-stakeholder Task Force on Carbon Removal that has met over the last 16 months, and a deep dive into pathbreaking work to accelerate absolutely critical Ocean-Based CDR approaches. Panelists include Ukur Yatani Kanacho, Minister of Finance for Kenya; Ambassador Ertharin Cousin; Kumi Naidoo, Former Global Head of Greenpeace and Amnesty International; Margaret Leinen, Director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Kilparti Ramakrishna, WHOI Senior Advisor on Ocean and Climate Policy; and Anne-Marie Laurie, Director of Climate Policy, Ocean Conservancy. Information

Carbon Removal & NDCs: Enabling Innovation in a Nascent Market

11:00-12:30 GMT | IETA Business Hub Pavilion

A panel discussion, organised by Carbon Finance Labs, exploring the role of voluntary carbon markets and the potential of trading carbon removal certificates to accelerate carbon removal.

The Future of Offshore Wind: Energy Islands & Power-to-X

12:00-12:45 GMT | Online & Denmark Pavilion

Hosted by PFA Pension, PensionDanmark, Copenhagen Infrastructure Parnters.

Achieving Climate Resilience in Small Island Developing States

16:15-17:15 GMT | Online & EIB Pavilion

Featuring EIB Vice-President Ricardo Mourinho Félix, Hosted by EIB.

Bottom-Up Approach to Realize Carbon Neutrality at a Large-Scale Existing Community in Coastal China

16:45-18:00 | Multimedia Studio 2

Exchanging best practices in pursuing sustainability of the built environment, focusing on a pioneer program of multi-party collaboration that turns a coastal corporate headquarter and the neighborhood with 30000 residents & 10 million tourists per year into a demonstrative carbon-neutral community. Hosts: C Team, All China Environment Federation (ACEF), China New Energy Chamber of Commerce (CNECC), Society of Entrepreneurs and Ecology Foundation (SEE Foundation). Expected Attendees: Wang Shi, founder, Vanke Group; Lily Sun, Chair, Society of Entrepreneurs & Ecology; Johannes Kreissig, CEO, German Sustainable Building Council; Zhenguo Li, President, LONGi; Lei Zhang, CEO, Envision; Representatives from Architecture 2030, Climate Reality & Global Resilience Partnership.

Actions for Clean Energy, Clean Materials & Energy Efficiency to Advance Ambitions & Solutions

16:45-18:00 | Multimedia Studio 3

Clean energy, clean materials & energy efficiency solutions can deliver emissions reductions, enhanced resilience & help build back better. Private sector partnerships, in response to ambitious NDCs, will find practical engineering solutions & leverage more investment in this critical decade. Hosts: International Council for Sustainable Energy (ICSE), European Business Council for Sustainable Energy (e5), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). Expected Attendees: Global business executives & experts from engineering, energy, buildings, and industrial sectors.

Integrated Policies for Ocean Climate Action: Building Coastal Resiliency in the US

17:30-18:30 | US Climate Action Pavilion

In concert with federal partners, U.S. states are demonstrating the kinds of local actions and regional cooperation that are needed to mobilize ambitious and urgent actions for reducing GHG emissions and help communities and industries build resilience to climate-ocean change. As drivers of local and regional strategies, U.S. states are helping to integrate and operationalize the climate-ocean nexus across policy and management landscapes. Co-hosted by the International Alliance to Combat Ocean Acidification, Pew Charitable Trusts and Ocean Conservancy. Livestream

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November 9

De-carbonizing Hard-to-Abate Sectors

9:00-10:00 GMT | Online & Denmark Pavilion

Hosted by Haldor Topsøe, Ørsted, Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, and MMM Center for Zero Carbon Shipping.

Decarbonising Transport: Driving Implementation Actions & Turning Targets into a Transformation

11:30-12:45 | Clyde Auditorium (175 pax)

This event will highlight success stories of strategic and innovative ways to decarbonise and transform transport, focusing on vehicles and hard-to-abate sectors. It will identify challenges and synergies in developing and developed countries, and the support necessary for the global transformation. Hosts: International Transport Forum, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (ITF), FIA Foundation (FIA Foundation). Hosts: International Transport Forum, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (ITF), FIA Foundation (FIA Foundation).

Decarbonize the Supply Chain in the Construction Sector

11:30-13:00 GMT | Online & Denmark Pavilion

Hosted by VELUX, NREP.

Energy Islands at Sea – A Fast Track for Offshore Wind Energy?

15:00-15:45 GMT | Online & Denmark Pavilion

Hosted by Energinet.

On the Road to Net Zero: Scaling the Deployment of Negative Emissions Technologies

15:00-6:30 GMT | IETA Business Hub Pavilion

Panel discussion organized by the Negative Emissions Platform on the enabling framework needed to take public and private procurement of high-quality removals to climate-relevant scale.

Early Warnings for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) – Bridging the Capacity Gap by 2030

15:15-16:45 GMT | GCF Pavilion

The event will present practical cases of effective early-warning systems that lead to early action in SIDS. Public and private sector experts will discuss how to address the early-warning value chain: from upstream investments to people-centred, gender-sensitive early-warning solutions — from infrastructure to people. Countries and partners will also be invited to commit to scaled-up action and engagement. Information

Finike Seamounts Special Environmental Protection Area & Monitoring Studies in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea

17:00-18:00 GMT | Turkey Pavilion

The Finike Seamounts are in the Mediterranean part of Turkey andTurkish Government has declared them as a Special Environmental Protection Area (SEPA). Unique geological, oceanographical and biological characteristics attract deep sea fish species, invertebrates and top predators, such as cetaceans. The Turkish Ministry of Environment and Urbanisation has funded a biodiversity project conducted by Istanbul University in order to research and monitor for the conservation of the area. Two marine surveys were carried out during 2021. During these surveys, studies on cetacean diversity, acoustics, migratory species, marine litter, oceanographic condition and ichthyoplankton were conducted for better understanding the biodiversity component of this unique formation. Hosted by Istanbul University. Information

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November 10

Ocean & the Global Stocktake

11:00-12:30 GMT | Nature Pavilion

Join governments and other stakeholders to discuss plans for the UNFCCC Global Stocktake (GST) and what ocean solutions mean for global progress in meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement. Specific emphasis will be given to the role of coastal and marine Nature-based Solutions and what action needs to be taken from now until the GST concludes in 2023. Hosted by IUCN. Information

Transforming Our Future – Africa’s Shipping Decarbonization

13:00- 14:30 GMT | Africa Pavilion

Hosted by MTCC. Information

IMO: Seizing Opportunities for Developing Countries in Providing Zero-Carbon Fuels to Global Shipping

15:00-16:15 | Forth Room (44 pax)

Decarbonization of international shipping requires a rapid shift from today’s predominant use of fossil fuels to zero-carbon alternatives. This side event explores the opportunities for developing countries in producing and supplying zero-carbon marine fuels to ships in their ports. Hosts: Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Expected Attendees: Lead organization – IMO; Supporting organizations – UNCTAD, WB.

African Islands : Transitioning Towards a Climate Smart & Resilient Future

17:00-18:30 GMT | Africa Pavilion

Hosted by Cabo Verde, AUC, UNECA, Indian Ocean Commission. Information

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November 11

UN Oceans: Ocean Action = Climate Action

16:45—18:00 | Multimedia Studio 1

Ocean-based mitigation and adaptation solutions are essential to the achievement of the Paris Agreement. This side event will showcase efforts that nations are taking, with the support of the UN, to enhance these solutions for ecosystems and societies. Host: Secretariat of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). Expected Attendees: FAO, IAEA, IMO, IOC-UNESCO, UN/DOALOS, UNEP-CMS, UNESCO, UNCTAD, UNFCCC, WMO.

Planning a Just & Equitable Phase-Out of Fossil Fuel Production to Limit Warming to 1.5°C

15:00-16:15 | Multimedia Studio 3

This event will present the case for a managed decline of the oil and gas industry, highlighting the case for governments to align the production of fossil fuels with the 1.5°C limit and highlighting local, national and international initiatives to end fossil fuel expansion. Hosts: Oil Change International (OCI), Human Rights Foundation of Aotearoa New Zealand (HRF), Rainforest Action Network (RAN), SustainUS. Expected Attendees: Ploy Achakulwisut, Stockholm Environment Institute; Romain Ioualalen, Oil Change International; Nikki Reisch, CIEL; Rainforest Action Network; Representatives from the Danish and Costa Rican governments; Greg Muttit, IISD; Indigenous and frontline activists.

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November 12

Destination Carbon Neutrality – Policies for Decarbonisation of Aviation & Maritime Transport

13:00-14:00 GMT | EU Pavilion

Hosted by Transport & Environment and Oeko-Institut.

Decentralization of Aquaculture by ARK

20:00-20:30 GMT | Japan Pavilion


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The Ocean Decade convenes across geographies, scales and disciplines to collaborate on filling critical knowledge gaps and developing ocean-based solutions that meet global challenges like climate change. The Ocean Decade side events at COP26 are focused on that mission. Information

November 3

Inclusive Ocean Acidification Action – Science to Society
9:00-10:00 GMT | Commonwealth Pavilion

Ocean Decade: A Global Science Movement to Unlock Climate Action
9:00-10:15 GMT | Online & SDG Pavilion

November 5

Ocean & Adaptation, Resilience, and Mitigation
9:00-11:00 GMT | Virtual Ocean Pavilion

Roadmap to Integrate Clean Offshore Renewable Energy into Climate-Smart Marine Spatial Planning
11:30-13:00 GMT | Online & Wind Pavilion

Ocean Action Day: A Healthy and Productive Ocean for a Resilient, Nature Positive, and Net-Zero Future
13:30-16:15 GMT | Action Room 1

Roundtable: UNFCCC Subsidiary Body for Scientific & Technological Advice (SBSTA) Ocean & Climate Change Dialogue
15:00-15:40 GMT | Virtual Ocean Pavilion

November 6

The Ocean Decade for Climate Action in the Asia Pacific Region
10:30-12:00 GMT | Online & Japanese Pavilion

Mobilizing Ocean & Climate Action at all Levels for Increased Climate Ambition
11:30-12:45 GMT | Loch Lomond

International Partnership for Blue Carbon: Working Together to Deliver Outcomes for Climate, the Environment & People
13:00-14:00 GMT | Australian Pavilion

The Ocean Decade: Unlocking Investment in Ocean Science for Climate Action
14:30-16:15 GMT | Online & Moroccan Pavilion

November 8

Raising Ambition at COP26 to Deliver SDG14.3 to Minimise & Address the Impacts of Ocean Acidification
9:00-10:30 GMT | Commonwealth Pavilion

November 9

Expand Ocean Acidification Observing Capacity to Take Action
10:45-11:45 GMT | SDG Pavilion

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Water Pavilion

October 31 – November 12

Against the backdrop of an ongoing pandemic, the Pavilion will make use of digital platforms and tools to optimize virtual interactions between the COP26 venue in Glasgow and different locations (satellite hubs) around the world. We are also committed to harnessing the tools, resources, and partnerships at hand to amplify solutions from and for the global south, indigenous and local communities, women, and youth. The Pavilion will curate a wide-ranging and inclusive series of events demonstrating the numerous ways that water is enabling transformative climate action – at all levels. Information

The Water & Climate Pavilion is a collaboration between AGWA, CDP, GWP, IUCN, and SIWI and is supported by 20+ core partners, both governmental and non-governmental.

EU Programme Pavilion

November 1-12 | Online & Blue Zone

The European Union, as in previous years, provides a space for side events seeking to stimulate the debate on key thematic areas, facilitating dialogue with Party delegates and other participants, as well as launching new initiatives and partnerships and showcasing inspiring and successful projects or policies.

This year, the EU Pavilion programme will include on-site side events in Glasgow, a studio in Brussels, and digital side events. All events will be accessible through an online platform to reach out to broader audiences around the globe and allow enhanced virtual participation. Information

US Pavilion

November 1-12 | Online & Blue Zone

The U.S. Center is the location for learning more about U.S. climate action at COP26. The U.S. Center will feature in-person and virtual events throughout the two weeks and will showcase the diversity of actors and actions that are working together to combat the climate crisis. Information

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The COP26 Green Zone the civil society zone managed by UK Presidency) will be open to the public at the Glasgow Science Centre. In-person admission is free, but attendees must apply for a ticket at Anoyone wishing to attend virtually can subscribe to the COP26 YouTube channel. Below is a selection of relevant events. Find a complete list of Green Zone programming here.

November 1

Catalysing our Net Zero Future: Working with People to Take Action on Climate Change

9:30-11:00 | Tower Base South

While systemic government action is critical to our low carbon transition, people also want to know what they can do to take climate action. To effectively and fairly tackle climate change citizens must be engaged and have access to information that can support them to take action. This session focuses on the potential for people as agents of change to contribute to a Net Zero and climate resilient future. Bringing together cutting edge data and expertise from academics and practitioners, the session will offer different examples of how to understand the barriers people face to taking action, and solutions on how to break them down. The session will cover the spectrum of actions people can take, from low-carbon lifestyles; to changing social and cultural norms; providing social mandates for change; to pushing for systemic change through activism and advocacy. This will be shared through cutting edge scientific data and analysis and audience engagement to bring everyone into conversation about how we can catalyse our low carbon and climate resilient future. Hosts: Climate Outreach (information network), CAST – Centre for Climate and Social Transformation. Panelists: Dr Katherine Steentjes, CAST, Dr Lewis Akenji, Hot or Cool institute, Dr Susie Wang, Climate Outreach, Dr Vanessa Timmer, OneEarth Canada, Chair – Dr. Stuart Capstick, CAST.

Climate & the Deep Sea World: Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Global Efforts – A Visual Journey & Panel

10:00-12:00 | Cinema Auditorium

The backdrop of legends and movies, the deep sea has always been unfathomable because we had no idea what existed there. Once thought to be barren of life, we now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Life exists under extreme conditions at these depths and with every deep-sea expedition we gain a greater understanding of the crucial services it provides our planet. Although seemingly remote, the deep sea plays a key role in our climate. Better understanding of remote and deep-sea biodiversity, offers insight into how these systems both influence the climate and are, in turn, influenced by climate change. These insights are made with the help of new technologies such as Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 4,500 meter capable underwater robot, ROV SuBastian. This two hour event will feature exclusive, award-winning, video content from deep sea waters showcasing new species and underwater features with interviews from scientists around the world discussing the impact of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. Footage will be shared from the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks in Australia, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, the Mariana Trench in Guam, submarine volcanoes of Tonga, hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California – Mexico, and white shark feeding grounds in the high seas. The film will be followed by a panel centered on climate impacts in the deep sea and how we can better understand and mitigate this in order to improve the overall health of our planet. The panel will include Ocean experts focused on high seas, biodiversity and seabed mapping. Host: Schmidt Ocean Institute. Expected Attendees: CAST; Hot or Cool Institute; OneEarth Canada; additional government speakers.

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November 6

Coastal Blue Carbon Panel – The Vital Role of Mangroves for Climate Change Mitigation & Adaptation

9:30-10:30 | Science Show Theatre

Mangrove forests are the ultimate nature-based solutions for both climate change mitigation and adaptation. They capture and store carbon dioxide — coastal blue carbon — and they do this at rates far greater than most tropical rainforests. Protecting and restoring mangroves is a highly efficient and effective way to simultaneously reduce GHG emissions, and supporting adaptation to climate change . Mangrove protection and restoration is a vital component of achieving the large-scale carbon drawdown essential if we are to have a chance of limiting global warming to 1.5C.
Coastal tropical nations and their citizens hold the key to mangrove conservation and restoration. This panel will bring together governments, civil society and world renowned scientists from Colombia, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Seychelles and Indonesia for an interactive discussion, supplemented by mixed media and interactive audience Q&A.

Screening of Shark with Steve Backshall & Discussion with Steve Backshall

15:00-16:15 GMT | Online & Science Show Theatre

Watch an exclusive screening of the new Sky Nature show Shark with Steve Backshall, a revelatory series that celebrates the wonder of sharks as a key part of keeping our oceans and planet healthy. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Steve Backshall.

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November 8

Guiding principles for Carbon Dioxide Removal

16:00-17:00 GMT | Bellona Pavilion

What is Carbon Dioxide Removal? How does it interact with reducing emissions? This event will address some common misconceptions and identify principles which can guide the conversation on Carbon Dioxide Removal to ensure it is properly defined, accounted and governed to help accelerate climate action. Speakers include Professor Andrea Ramirez, TU Delft; Gilles Dufrasne, Policy officer, Carbon Market Watch; Frances Wang, Program manager CDR, ClimateWorks; and Matthias Honegger, Senior consultant, Perspectives Climate Group. Panel moderated by Director Jonas Helseth, Bellona.

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Running alongside the negotiations, the Presidency events will accelerate urgent action to secure global net zero by mid-century and keep 1.5°C within reach; help communities and natural habitats to adapt to the impacts of climate change; demonstrate that public and private finance is being mobilised for the climate; and bring countries, businesses, civil society, and citizens together to deliver on the Paris Agreement. All events are hosted by the UK Government and will be live in the Green Zone for accredited COP26 delegates, as well as webcast on the UNFCCC website. More Information

November 1

20:00-21:00 | LDCs and SIDS: What Does it Take to Put the Most Climate-Vulnerable at the Heart of the UNFCCC Negotiations?
Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States are highly exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and have a large stake in ambitious global climate action. They do not enter the climate negotiations on a level playing field with other countries. This event will highlight how they have become effective and influential advocates in the UNFCCC negotiations, keeping other Parties true to the science of climate change and maintaining the world’s focus on the Paris Agreement temperature goal: “1.5 to stay alive.” Hosted by the Climate Ambition Support Alliance (CASA).

November 2

19:30-21:00 | Launching the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet
The Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet will accelerate green energy transitions by rapidly scaling renewable energy in developing and emerging economies. Bringing together diverse public and private sector partners, the alliance will help build a clean energy future that benefits both people and planet. Hosted by the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.

November 4

16:30-17:45 | Accelerating the Deployment of Offshore Wind in Emerging Markets
In emerging markets there are still barriers to offshore wind (technical, economic, etc.). The UK has installed more offshore wind capacity than any other country and is supporting the joint ESMAP-IFC Offshore Wind Development Programme to help emerging markets address these barriers. This event will showcase how the ESMAP-IFC programme is currently working with over ten emerging market governments (including Colombia, India, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Turkey, and Vietnam) to accelerate the uptake of offshore wind by including it into the energy policies and strategies of these countries, and providing the preparatory work, through roadmaps and technical assistance, to build a pipeline of bankable projects. Co-hosted by Climate Investment Funds (CIFs).

November 6

10:00-10:45 | Living Ecosystems for Thriving Communities
A panel discussion on the importance of investing in urban reforestation, advancing global tree equity, and protecting and conserving ocean ecosystems such as mangroves to support thriving communities. Co-hosted by Salesforce.

11:00-11:45 | Our Vision for Healthy Oceans – UK Overseas Territories
A worldwide family of small communities are guardians of the sixth-largest marine estate on earth and are on the frontline of climate change. This event will explore how the UK Overseas Territories are taking action to counter and mitigate the effects of global warming by safeguarding precious marine environments. Co-hosted by the United Kingdom Overseas Territories Association.

13:00-13:45 | Increasing Private Investment in Nature and Land Use
Only by focusing on nature and land use will we deliver 1.5 degrees and help the poorest adapt to the impacts of climate change. We need to increase investment in natural capital to create jobs and support an inclusive and green recovery. But what are the barriers to attracting more private investment in nature and land use? How can the private sector overcome these barriers and capitalise on the opportunities of a nature-positive economy? And critically how can the public and private sector work together to shape and develop inclusive and sustainable markets? This event will showcase examples of how private sector investment is already addressing nature, climate and poverty in different settings around the world, and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

November 10

10:15-11:00 | Cleaner, Quieter, Healthier – the Added Benefits of Transport Decarbonisation
The panel will discuss the wider benefits that come from a decarbonised transport system, better air quality and improved mental and physical health, including creating more connected communities and stronger local economies. Co-hosted by Living Streets.

13:15-14:00 | What Comes After the Tipping Point? Opportunities from the ZEV Transition
The expert panel will review and discuss the opportunities for innovation from the transition to zero emission vehicles including disruptive and innovative business models, job creation and economic growth.

15:30-16:15 | The Course to Zero: Developing Ambition in Maritime Decarbonisation
The UK Government will host the Secretary-General of the International Maritime Organization Kitack Lim and other distinguished guests for a discussion about action at the IMO to decarbonise international shipping, the UK’s ambition for zero- emissions shipping by 2050, and the importance of developing states in the transition.

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Charging to True Zero

November 1-3 | Online & South Rotunda on the River Clyde

Hosted by Zestas, Charging to True Zero: A Zero Emission Ship Technology Association Event, will develop and support zero emissions business cases and new partnerships on the Voyage to Zero. There will be specific attention given to the cross-fertilisation between maritime, renewable energy, hydrogen, green finance, and zero emissions ship technology experts and stakeholders, and to establishing valuable insights for the development of zero emissions ship business cases and zero emissions shipping policy development. Information & Registration

From the Drawing Board to the Deep Sea: Scotland’s Role in Commercialising Floating Offshore Wind

November 2 | 14:00-17:00 GMT | Online & Climate Action Zone, Cessnock Quay

This event will highlight the Scottish Government’s role in supporting the journey of floating offshore wind, from research and development, to test and demonstration, and commercial scale deployment. Our expert  Hannah Evans will be discussing how the Floating Wind Joint Industry Project and Scottish Government funded Technology Acceleration Competition are tackling the innovation challenges in the floating wind sector. Registration

Climate Change Challenges & Adaptation Experience From the Americas

November 2 | 14:00-17:00 GMT | Online & International Maritime Hub

“Adaptation and Resilience” is a priority of the UK COP26 Presidency. Ports, like other forms of transport infrastructure, are potentially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly extreme weather. If the sector is to be well-prepared to face these changes, urgent action is needed to adapt infrastructure and to improve the climate-resilience of both assets and operations. In order to help promote such action, this workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and the sharing of good practice. Presentations from port practitioners around the world will be followed by participative panel discussion sessions. Amongst others, the workshop will include speakers from ports in the UK, USA, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Dubai, Malaysia and Australia. Host: Peel Ports Group.

Climate Change Challenges & Adaptation Experience from Europe & the Middle East

November 3 | 8:30-11:30 GMT | Online & International Maritime Hub

“Adaptation and Resilience’ is a priority of the UK COP26 Presidency. Ports, like other forms of transport infrastructure, are potentially vulnerable to the effects of climate change, particularly extreme weather. If the sector is to be well-prepared to face these changes, urgent action is needed to adapt infrastructure and to improve the climate-resilience of both assets and operations. In order to help promote such action, this workshop aims to facilitate the exchange of experiences and the sharing of good practice. Presentations from port practitioners around the world will be followed by participative panel discussion sessions. Amongst others, the workshop will include speakers from ports in the UK, USA, Argentina, Canada, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, Dubai, Malaysia and Australia. Host: Peel Ports Group.

Green Skills Forum at COP26

November 3 | 12:30-14:30 GMT | Online & International Maritime Hub

This event is hosted by the Maritime Skills Commission, a strategic body, formed by Maritime UK and the Department of Transport. This forum will bring together Commissioners with industry to identify what skills will be required to transition to net zero and will focus the following key questions:

  • Will your business need to reskill/retrain your workforce to transition to net zero?
  • How will, or is, your business reskill/retrain your workforce to transition to net zero?
  • What needs to happen for your business to reskill/retrain your workforce?
  • What support will your business require to reskill/retrain your workforce?
  • What will be your biggest challenge in reskilling/retraining

The findings will be written into a recommendation paper, which will be shared in early 2022. Information & Registration

Offshore Wind & Hydrogen

November 4 | 16:30-18:30 GMT | Wood House

To mark one of the Global Wind Energy Council’s most significant thematic days over COP26 — Energy Day — it will be hosting a presentation aperitif on offshore wind and renewable hydrogen. The session will bring together companies already delivering wind and renewable hydrogen to explore the role of these technologies in decarbonising the wider economy. The Carbon Trust’s Offshore Wind Director, Jan Matthiesen, will be joining a panel discussion exploring how renewable hydrogen can tackle emissions in key industrial sectors, such as steel, cement and freight. Registration

Offshore Wind & Biodiversity

November 5 | 9:00-10:30 GMT | Online & Scottish Power HQ, 320 Saint Vincent Street

With the rise in demand for offshore wind to help mitigate climate change and the importance of protecting biodiversity, the UN Global Compact and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) with kind support from ScottishPower Renewables invite you to join this special event in Glasgow during COP26. Bringing together industry, stakeholders, NGOs and regulators to share current experiences and what’s required to protect our biodiversity through offshore wind development. Host: IUCN. Information

The Ocean & Climate Justice: Impact Adaptation & Mitigation

November 5 | 12:00-14:00 GMT | Online & The Lighthouse – Gallery 1, 11 Mitchell Lane

A roundtable for the Scottish Government Climate Ambition Zone. Host: the University of Strathclyde. Information

Shaping the Future of Shipping

November 6 | 9:00-17:30 GMT | University of Strathclyde’s Technology & Innovation Centre

Hosted by the International Chamber of Shipping, this discussion moderated by Sturla Henriksen, UN Global Compact Special Advisor – Ocean, will assemble industry leaders and external experts to tackle the challenges that face shipping’s route to decarbonisation. Themes include customer dynamics, PPPs for innovation, cross-sectoral collaboration, the path to zero-emission fuels, and financing the transition. Information & Registration

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World Climate Summit – The Investment COP

November 6-8 | Hilton Glasgow

The World Ocean Council is a proud partner of World Climate Summit 2021, a recognized official COP26 side event. Organized by the World Climate Foundation, this 2-day event is the leading forum for business and investment-driven solutions to climate change, acknowledging the essential importance of collaboration and the “bottom-up” perspective in solving climate change. The World Climate Summit convenes stakeholders who drive climate solutions, investments and legislation. ​The conference includes panel sessions, workshops, pitch presentations, and robust networking opportunities. Information & Registration

Below is a list of ocean-related sessions taking place during the summit. Find a full programming list here:

November 7

11:30-12:00 GMT | Decarbonizing the Transport Sector
Pioneering approaches to E-mobility

13:30-14:30 GMT | Powering the World
Solving the challenges of the global energy transition

15:00-16:00 GMT | Accelerating the Green Transition & Technologies through Partnerships
Best practices from the shipping sector

November 8

11:30-12:30 GMT | Pathways Towards a Zero Carbon Electric Future
Transforming the grid and Power-to-X technologies

13:30-14:30 GMT | Investing in the Clean Energy Innovations of Tomorrow

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Sustainable Innovation Forum 2021

November 8-10 | Innovation Zone at Cessnock Quay in Glasgow

This event series coincides with COP26 and is hosted by the Sustainable Innovation Forum. Information & Registration

November 8

9:00-10:00 GMT | Public-Private Partnerships as the Building Blocks for Action on Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs)

To create truly transformational change and accelerate the transition to a net zero global economy, greater cross-sector partnerships are required. How can we utilize public-private partnerships to help countries deliver on their NDCs? Expected Attendees: Ian Simms, Founder & CEO, Impax Asset Management; Dave Regnery, CEO, Trane Technologies; Aniruddha Dasgupta, President & CEO, World Resources Institute.

10:00-11:00 GMT | Why Marine Conservation Matters for Human & Planetary Health

Why biodiversity within our oceans and other ecosystems is critical to human and planetary health. How can we increase awareness about the role of oceans as natural climate solutions? How can we ensure compounding agricultural and industrial practices are curbed, and ocean recovery prioritized Expected Attendees: Beth Bannerman, Chief Engagement Sustainability Officer, Amyris; Mark Schrope, Director of Schmidt Marine Technology Partners, Schmidt Oceans Institute; Dr. Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission and Assistant Director General, UNESCO.

November 9

10:00-10:30 GMT | Transportation Innovation for Net Zero Trajectories

What policies are needed to decarbonize global aviation, rail and mass transportation? How can we finance and scale decarbonization of transportation projects, and reduce the cost for first movers What role will electricity and hydrogen play in transforming global transport? Expected Attendees: Senior Representative, SmartEnergy; Michael Gill, Executive Director, ATAG; Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, Government of Quebec.

12:30-13:00 GMT | The Impact of Water on Decarbonization

While utilities and individual organizations are taking action on water usage, the impact of total water consumption on carbon is often overlooked. What are the prevailing trends in corporate water usage in large global organizations and across supply chains? How does water impact decarbonization across the supply chain? How can water bring value and opportunity for your business? How can you deliver large-scale impact at pace? Expected Attendees: Jonquil Hackenberg, Head of Sustainability and Climate Response, PA Consulting.

November 10

12:00-12:30 GMT | Digging Deep for Decarbonization – Mining and Minerals

Expected Attendees: Jonathan Hackett, Co-Head of BMO Energy Transition Group and Head of Sustainable Finance, BMO Capital Markets;  Rohitesh Dhawan, President and CEO, International Council on Mining and Metals

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Science for Net-Zero Transition

November 8 | 9:30-15:30 GMT | Online & University of Strathclyde

The COP26 climate talks will bring together over 30,000 delegates, including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. The challenge is significant and we must hence rise to it in order to save the environment we all live in. The UN Climate Change process is central to that collective action. Host: The University of Strathclyde. Information

26 for COP26 Program

November 9 | 15:00-21:00 BST (Live), 16:00-18:00 BST (webcast) | Online & Strathclyde University

A total of 26 climate innovators have been selected to participate in a 6-month program to help promising cleantech start-ups secure investment from international investors. The program will see this cohort promoted and introduced to the Greenbackers international cleantech investor network, culminating in this livestreamed  “SuperPitch” showcase event at COP26. Information

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Blue Carbon: Beyond the Inventory

November 11-12 | Royal Society Edinburgh, Scotland

The Scottish Blue Carbon Forum, in collaboration with Marine Scotland and the University of St Andrews, present this blue carbon conference. The agenda includes a series of plenary sessions and workshops to address scientific and policy-facing issues related to blue carbon. Information & Registration


Polar Warming, Global Warning

November 3 | 14:00 CET | Online & Brussels Bloom Hotel

Much of the Arctic has already surpassed the Paris Agreement’s 1.5C target. The Antarctic ice sheet is a potential game changer for global sea-level rise. Organized by the EU Polar Cluster, this event provides scientific facts and community knowledge of polar change from EU Polar Cluster Members.
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CI Labs #19: Ocean ARTic Showcase

November 5 | 15:00-17:00 EDT

Join us live as we reveal two fantastic new pieces of work from composer Michael Begg and artist Eve Mosher, commissioned by the Ocean ARTic partnership with Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland, Blue Action and Creative Informatics. Ocean ARTic began in spring 2021, bringing creative practitioners and marine climate scientists together to explore the consequences of climate change for marine ecosystems and communities in the Arctic and Scotland, ahead of the COP26 UN Climate Change Conference. Join us to hear from Michael, Eve and some of the researchers they have been working with to find out how they developed their Ocean ARTic works, and enjoy a live performance of Michael’s Light Water is Black Water composition with Black Glass Ensemble. Also highlighting the Road to COP26 project in collaboration with British Council Nepal and Applied Arts Scotland, supporting nature inspired solutions to climate change and bringing Nepali entrepreneurs and Scottish crafts businesses together to exchange knowledge on challenges to creative enterprises in the context of climate change, as part of a network funded by the Royal Society of Edinburgh. Organized by Creative Informatics. Registration

McKinsey Transport Decarbonization Roundatable

November 10 | 14:00-15:00 GMT

Mobility contributes around 20 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. Not only will decarbonizing transport become critical for achieving net zero, but transport is one of the few sectors where decarbonization actually delivers a net cost savings to society. This panel will explore the momentum behind transport decarbonization. Expected Attendees: The Climate Group, Boeing, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller Center for Zero Carbon Shipping, McKinsey. Information & Registration


Ocean-Climate Stewardship for 1.5°C

November 10 | 13:00-14:00 BST

Ocean-based climate solutions can contribute up to one-fifth of the reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s 1.5°C temperature goal by 2050. With the vast potential of the ocean to deliver on the climate agenda, the UN Global Compact launched a “Blue Road to COP 26” in March 2021 to advance action in four areas; zero-carbon maritime transport, low-carbon blue food, offshore renewable energy, and nature-based solutions. This session will present some of the key outcomes from the Blue Road, including actions and recommendations for businesses and governments to leverage a climate-smart ocean. Hosted by the United Nations Global Compact. Information & Registration

Caribbean Sustainability & Prosperity: Climate Finance & Climate Action

November 10 | 10:00-11:30 EST

Presented by the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator, this panel discussion will focus on climate challenges and opportunities, building regional resiliency and capacity and climate investments and project funding as seen through the lens of Small Island Developing States (SIDS). A global audience including high-level Government representatives, investors, project developers, academics and other stakeholders critical to the implementation of the Caribbean’s climate agenda are being invited to attend. Information

Funding the Sustainable Blue Economy

November 11 | 15:15-16:30 CET

Presented by the UN Evironment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), this webinar focuses on how we can mobilise both public and private financial flows from banks, insurers and investors, towards a sustainable ocean industry that offers an immense potential for climate change mitigation and adaptation, using key frameworks and initiatives, including the Sustainable Blue Economy Finance Principles – to rebuild, renew and replenish the ocean – for people and planet. Information & Registration

– Peter Thomson, UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean
– Gabriella Kossmann, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
– Justin Mundy, Strategic Advisor, Willis Towers Watson
– Piera Tortora, Coordinator of Sustainable Ocean for All Initiative, OECD
– Chip Cunliffe, Biodiversity Director, AXA XL
– Louise Heaps, Head of Sustainable Blue Economy, WWF

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COP26 Virtual Ocean Pavilion

October 31 – November 12

Visit 25 ocean exhibition booths without having to walk, sail or swim anywhere! Leading ocean and climate organizations will share their activities and provide access to a wealth of information you can “take away” in your virtual delegate bag. Presented in partnership with UNESCO and the World Economic Forum. See full schedule of events & register

Island Space at COP26

Island Innovation is hosting several ocean sessions around COP26, with a focus on Small Island Developing States (SIDS). Information & Registration

Networking Sessions

A series of sponsored networking sessions using the virtual networking platform Remo. These sessions will allow attendees to share their knowledge by discussing topics on virtual tables in small groups or one-on-one. Attendees can also exchange contact details so that the conversations and connections can be continued following the session.

November 1

14:00-15:00 | Scottish Islands at COP | Online

November 2

17:00-18:00 | Ocean-Based Climate Action: Using the Power of the Ocean to Achieve the Paris Agreement (& Restore the Climate)

The session begins with an overview of ocean-based CDR and why it is so critical in the race to net zero, followed by deeper dive into the three technology roadmaps and the two cross-cutting roadmaps, and concluding with a panel discussion on what’s needed to raise the profile of this critical work.

November 3

10:00-11:00| Climate Change Message in a Bottle: Bringing the Voices of Island Youth to COP26

Climate Change Message in a Bottle is a project funded by the Scottish Government which aims to bring the voices of island youth closer to COP26. Founded by Strathclyde Centre for Environmental Law and Governance, in partnership with Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum and Arts Centre on the Isle of North Uist, the project involves educational workshops aimed at schoolchildren aged 7-11 on islands around Scotland and the world. After learning about climate science, clean energy and COP26, schoolchildren have written their messages to COP26, demanding climate action from political leaders at the summit. This event will include a screening of the project’s film, which showcases messages from island youth around the world to COP26, followed by discussion with several young islanders involved in the project. Participating schools will also have the opportunity to ask questions of climate experts. Lastly, politicians and leaders will respond to the messages from island youth

November 10

15:00-16:00 | RACE TO WIN: Closing the Gap on Decarbonising the Caribbean

Hosted in partnership with Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator

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COP26-related events, listed by Climate Fringe

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