COP26: Net Zero Places

COP26 will see world’s leaders gathering in Glasgow to accelerate their efforts to meet commitments under the Paris Agreement. As well as world leaders, representatives from cities, policy think-tanks, technology providers and investors will share knowledge and best practice across global and national networks. The UK has never held an international summit this large, which provides UK connected places innovators the opportunity to be seen as a global leader on Net Zero and champion for UK businesses. 

Achieving UK and global targets for net zero will be the defining challenge of the next three decades and a central driver of innovation and change across all sectors. Transport and the built environment sectors contribute the majority of UK emissions.

To accelerate the transition to Net Zero Places, Connected Places Catapult is working with innovators, industry, regulators, academics and place leaders to speed the development and deployment of carbon eliminating innovations in all the ways we travel, and the places we live and work.

In particular we are focussed on four areas of innovation:

• Net Zero Neighbourhoods

• Net Zero Homes

• Net Zero Transport Operations

• Financing Net Zero

UK Cities Climate Investment Commission

Core Cities, London Councils and the Connected Places Catapult have jointly established the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission to leverage the combined scale of cities to mobilise finance and drive investment into low and net zero carbon projects across all of the UK’s largest cities. As an initial step we have commissioned research to assess and analyse the low carbon investment that cities need, and the associated investment cases. The findings of the report will be launched at COP26 with a series of dissemination events being planned in the months leading up to November.

UK Cities Climate Investment Commission Launch – Online Event

This event will bring together a broad spectrum of high-level stakeholders with a stake in net zero from government, international organisations, the investment community, business, academia, media, and NGOs to officially launch the UK Cities Climate Investment Commission (UK CCIC) and present early-stage findings of ‘The Estimated Net Zero Investment Need for the UK’s Cities’ report which the UK CCIC has commissioned in the run-up to COP26.

Net Zero – Events

Join our online webinars and live events focused on green innovation, sustainable procurement and green finance in construction, smart cities, aviation, road transport, marine and rail sectors.

Net Zero – News & Analysis

Click here for the latest from the academia, public bodies and businesses on how the latest tech and innovation can help us create sustainable, inclusive connected places in the UK and globally.