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What is COP26?

COP stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. The United Nations Climate Change Conference which brings together climate experts, campaigners, and representatives from over 200 countries to discuss the global priority of climate change. 

This year will be the 26th annual summit. Giving it the name COP26.

With the UK as President, COP26 is taking place in Glasgow between 31 October and 12 November 2021 to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

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Why is COP26 important?

In November, postponed from 2020 due to Covid restrictions, the UK with its partners Italy will host COP26. An event many believe to be "the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control".

World leaders, negotiators, government representatives, businesses and citizens will meet in Glasgow for 12 days of talks to update plans set out at COP21 in 2015, known as the Paris Agreement, on how to tackle climate change to limit global warming to below 2 degrees with the aim of 1.5 degrees.

The UK aims to bring countries together to agree a comprehensive, ambitious and balanced outcome. For more information on the negotiations, visit the COP26 website

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When is COP26?

COP26 will be taking place between 31 October and 12 November 2021 at The Scottish Event Campus (SEC), Glasgow.

Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience, commitment to sustainability and world-class facilities. It has set a target for carbon neutrality by 2030, aims to be one of the greenest cities in Europe through its Sustainable Glasgow campaign, and is 4th in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

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Our Island has a head start on many larger jurisdictions because it already benefits from a virtually decarbonised energy system. We therefore need commitment from our leaders and the community to move from fossil fuels towards higher energy efficiency and cleaner, low carbon electricity.

We believe it can be done - and be done faster and more cost-effectively than many other countries.

Jersey’s Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change showed that there is a clear appetite for zero carbon. Let’s hope COP26 reinforces this and acts a catalyst for action.

Jersey must play its part

We at Jersey Electricity, like everyone gravely concerned about the climate emergency, will be hoping that the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow produces some real commitments and solutions from around the world.

According to the UN’s climate experts: ‘It is unequivocal and indisputable that humans are warming the planet’. The world now needs to halve emissions over the next decade and reach net-zero carbon emissions by the middle of the century if we are to limit global temperature rises to 1.5 degrees.  

Even small islands like Jersey have a part to play, not least because we continue to burn large volumes of fossil fuels for heating and transport. Jersey has made progress. Our strategy to import low-carbon electricity had led to a 40% drop in overall emissions since 1990 despite a 60% increase in electricity consumption, but there is much more to do.

JE and the Climate Emergency

Our Vision is to enable life's essentials and inspire a zero carbon future. Our work is dedicated to helping Jersey achieve this.

We’ve already come a long way, providing Jersey with a clean, decarbonised, reliable electricity system. But now we want to go further and help Jersey realise its ambitions to become carbon neutral.

What Sustainability Means to Us

As COP26 puts the spotlight on youth and public empowerment, we asked our people what sustainability means to them.

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Inspiring a zero carbon future

From renewable power to electric transport and low carbon homes, we’re doing everything in our power to help Jersey to a zero carbon future. Join us on the journey.

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We’ve all got a part to play in helping Jersey achieve its climate neutrality ambitions and contribute to the global climate emergency.

We’re celebrating people in our community who are already reducing their carbon footprint and helping in the global battle on climate change.

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