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The UN Climate Change Conference 2021: COP26

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What is COP26?

This year’s UN Climate Change Conference, also referred to as COP26, consisted of nearly two weeks of panels, performances, and workshops. These live events encompassed all aspects of climate change topics. COP26 stands for Conference of the Parties, and the 26 signifies that this is the 26th meeting. In 1992, The United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) created a document to align nations worldwide on climate change goals and establish responsibilities for its members. However, these rules have been loosely enforced, leading many people to question the impact of the original treaty. The COP26 is the next step in realigning goals and creating accountability for the 27 attending countries. 

Energy topics, including transportation, conservation, solar energy, wind power, hydropower, and green jobs, are all at a crucial turning point. This generation of leaders and policymakers worldwide will be referencing the COP26 for outlooks and regulations regarding energy. The future of energy, greenhouse emissions, and our collective responsibility in saving energy and reducing our carbon footprint will be affected by this conference. 

COP26 attendees and location

The COP26 events took place in Glasgow, Scotland, from November 1-12, 2021. The conference brought together leaders from all political affiliations and levels of government, as well as youth and business entrepreneurs. You can watch many of the recorded events here

Why is the COP26 important?

In short, the decisions made in Glasgow are a chance for the world to combine efforts and get on the same page when it comes to saving our planet by reducing carbon emissions and limiting global increasing temperatures. Numerous panels and events took place over two weeks at the COP26, which will influence future agreements on how to prevent further climate change. Our team participated in COP26 by virtually attending various events regarding issues that align with our readers’ energy priorities. Now, our team is reporting on COP26 talks so that energy consumers like you can be a part of this important global gathering. Below are some of the crucial environmental topics discussed at this conference and what they mean for you.

COP26 events you need to know about

Green careers are the future of work 

Hydropower and a net zero energy future

COVID and the energy industry

Electric vehicles are not the answer

The problem with rare-earth metals in EV motors

The connection between clean energy and gender equality

The voices of COP26

Not familiar with the UNFCCC or COP26? Watch this quick video (less than three minutes!) to get an overview of what the COP26 is all about, who is involved, and the purpose of this global gathering for climate change.