The COP26 climate change conference to be held in Glasgow in November comes at a critical point in the global effort to limit the effects and impacts of climate change.

We’re sending a delegation of researchers to the event and engaging with the COP26 process by joining national and international networks and contributing to policy briefs. 

We champion climate action through our day-to-day activities, teaching practices, and our world-leading interdisciplinary research which informs climate change science and activities on a range of levels. 

Throughout this year we will be sharing our knowledge and expertise to support the goal to keep the global temperature rise to below 2 degrees and preferably to below 1.5 degrees celsius.

Contact us

David Diston
If you have any questions about the University of York's involvement please contact David Diston, our designated COP26 central contact.
david.diston@york.ac.uk

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We encourage our academic staff working on climate change-related fields to visit the COP26 Universities Network and submit their details to the database of climate expertise.

Our research creates the knowledge base needed to make transformational changes in our societies and economies to tackle climate challenges. Collaboration across boundaries that often separate academic disciplines, nations, and economic sectors is central to our approach to create an enduring, positive legacy, and ensuring no communities are left behind in the drive towards global sustainability.

Professor Matthias Ruth, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Research related to the COP26 themes

Nature-based solutions

The restoration and conservation of natural habitats and ecosystems is an important strand of York’s environmental research. Centered around the Leverhulme Centre for Anthropocene Biodiversity, our research focuses on re-shaping dialogues around environmental change and developing impactful methods of both conserving environments and also understanding how to value them.

Energy transitions

Utilising York’s leading-edge technological facilities, we have developed innovative solutions to energy generation, usage and efficiencies. Transforming and valorising waste resources is a critical area, including projects developing anaerobic digestion technologies, low carbon fuels and industrial biorefining to promote whole system sustainability. This is predominantly driven by our Centre for Novel Agricultural ProductsBio-renewable Development CentreBioVale and Green Chemistry Centre of Excellence.

Clean transport

Our world-leading Wolfson Atmospheric Chemistry Laboratories use advanced measurement technologies to develop a new understanding of the emissions of NOx from vehicles, cities and from the natural environment. From the human perspective, our embedded institute, The Stockholm Environment Institute, undertakes innovative work investigating sustainable and equitable mobility in African cities, and explores traffic-related health impacts. 

Finance

York environmental economists are shaping post-covid recovery by developing knowledge around new economic alternatives, developing a common vision through a large-scale, rapid, online, expert deliberative assessment through the Global Assessment for New Economics project (GANE). Our work also supports the creation of green jobs, regional business growth and is focused around the drive towards net zero. The University is also the host to one of only four COP26 fellows, Dr Jessica Omukuti, who is investigating the scaling of climate finance through local delivery. 

Research centres

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Contact us

David Diston
If you have any questions about the University of York's involvement please contact David Diston, our designated COP26 central contact.
david.diston@york.ac.uk

Related links

We encourage our academic staff working on climate change-related fields to visit the COP26 Universities Network and submit their details to the database of climate expertise.