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Zero-emission transport to be key theme at COP26

Alok Sharma

Driving the global transition to zero-emission transport will be a key theme at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), later this year.

The UK’s Presidency programme has been unveiled to ‘drive forward’ climate ambition and action against key issues, alongside two weeks of climate negotiations in Glasgow.

Beginning with the World Leaders Summit on November 1 and 2, each day will focus on a different theme. The zero-emission transport day will be held on November 10 and will include exhibitions and events, government has said.

Daily themes will also include clean energy, protecting nature, science, innovation and inclusivity.

Exhibitions and events in the UK-run zones in Glasgow will also feature throughout the programme to showcase progress from the whole of society, governments, businesses, among others.

The Presidency programme will run alongside the formal negotiations at the UN summit and will focus on closing off the outstanding aspects of the Paris Agreement.

COP26 President Alok Sharma said: “The COP26 summit in Glasgow is our best hope of safeguarding the planet for everyone, building a brighter future and keeping the 1.5C target alive.

“I have been pleased to see progress and momentum on the four key goals I have been taking to governments across the world and the presidency programme will continue this throughout the two weeks of the summit.

“From finance to energy and gender to adaptation these are vital issues that need to be addressed to make COP26 inclusive and successful.”

Sharma recently set out the four goals the UK will be focusing on in the run-up to the UN climate conference.

A detailed programme and negotiations schedule will be published in due course, Government said.

View the UK’s Presidency programme on the UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021 website.

Watch now: Connecting Policy To Solutions Virtual Conference 2021

Smart Transport Conference returned on June 8th & 9th, to facilitate pivotal discussions on the future of transport. 

The UK’s most senior public and private sector transport leaders discussed the impact of Covid-19, achieving the Government’s decarbonisation ambitions, the need for more efficient living and better health, and much more.

Keynote speakers included: 

Kwasi Kwarteng, secretary of state at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), who spoke on BEIS's approach to decarbonising transport, particularly the electrification of the vehicle industry

Keith Williams, co-author of the Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail, who spoke on rail’s role in integrated transport, decarbonisation and innovation.

Rachel Maclean, parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Department for Transport, who discussed the future of transport and its pivotal role in a ‘green recovery’ from the pandemic.


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