COP26 Roundup

General News

As COP26 in Glasgow ends tomorrow, we reflect on the key agreements and developments and highlight the work SLE and WES have been doing to support COP26 across the two-week event. Key pledges include:

  • The Global Methane Pledge: 103 countries signed up to a deal to reduce methane emissions by 30 per cent by 2030.
  • The Coal Pledge: Over 40 countries committed to move away from coal power generation and ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable, and modern energy by 2030.
  • Ending Deforestation: Over 100 countries committed to ending deforestation by 2030. This landmark agreement encompasses 85% of the world’s forests.
  • Policy Action Agenda: 45 governments signed up to a new Policy Action Agenda – a commitment to transform agriculture and food systems through policy reforms, research and innovation.
  • Retailers’ Commitment to Nature: Five major UK supermarkets have agreed to halve the nature and climate impacts of food systems by 2030.
  •  US-China agreement: Both countries have agreed to work together towards the 1.5 degrees limit during this decade.
  • Glasgow Financial Alliance for Net Zero: Over 450 financial firms across 45 countries pledged to commit £95trillion towards net-zero objectives.

The Scottish Government has made a number of COP26 announcements linked to its commitment to climate action:

  • The National Test Programme: Supporting farmers and crofters to learn about their work impacts on climate and nature to begin in Spring 2022, with a commitment of £51 million of investment over the following three years.
  • The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme:  Reopening applications in 2022 to support a Programme for Government commitment to double the amount of land under organic management.
  • Climate Justice Fund: Increasing this fund from £24 million to £36million during this parliamentary term.
  • The Nature Restoration Fund: Supporting projects that restore nature and tackle the causes of biodiversity loss with at least £55 million over the next five years.

SLE and WES attended various COP26 events including the 43rd TB Macauley Lecture and Holyrood COP26 Fringe Festival but we also organised two COP26 events of our own.

Our first event took place at Craigengillan estate at East Ayrshire last week and demonstrated peatland restoration, hedgerow creation and sustainable forestry work. Our final event takes place at Edinglassie Estate, Aberdeenshire, tomorrow and will showcase peatland restoration, riparian planting and efforts to improve biodiversity.

Craigengillan and Edinglassie are two fantastic examples of the vital environmental work landowners across Scotland continue to do to help tackle the twin emergencies of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Visit our dedicated COP26 resource page now.