Event

EIT Climate-KIC at COP26

LOCATION
Glasgow, UK
DATE
31 October - 12 November, 2021
 

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The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference, hosted by the UK in partnership with Italy, will take place from 31 October to 12 November 2021 in the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, UK.

The conference is set to incorporate the 26th Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), the 16th meeting of the parties to the Kyoto Protocol (CMP16), and the third meeting of the parties to the Paris Agreement (CMA3). This conference is the first time that Parties are expected to commit to enhanced ambition since COP 21. EIT Climate-KIC is leading or contributing to sessions related to climate innovation during COP 26 and is inviting you to join virtually or meet up in person: 

Mon 1 Nov 2021
10:00 – 13:00 GMT

Launch of the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub 

Blue Zone, UNFCCC space

EIT Climate-KIC is a core partner of the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub led by UNFCCC. The launch will dive deep into the reasons for starting this new global project, its objectives and opportunities. 

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Tue 2 Nov 2021
10:00 - 17:00 GMT

Cities Sessions – UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub 

Blue Zone, UNFCCC space

EIT Climate-KIC is a core partner of the UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub led by UNFCCC. The second day of the Hub consists of 8 sessions focusing on the challenges cities face that need to transform to carbon neutrality at record speed. 

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A growing community of practice around systems innovation is seeking to galvanize with city and regional governments as a means of getting past the inherent and persistent limitations of established climate action by cities, which are profoundly limited by issues of agency to act, governance and policy for scaled implementation, economic circumstances that undermine capacity and institutional capabilities, and an appreciation among capital markets to accept new market structures to suit the imperatives of full decarbonization. 

These challenges are immense, but through attention to building strong relationships based on trust, investing deeply in capacity and capabilities, and working alongside an intermediary with systems innovation expertise, cities have been able to embrace a new way of working. As we consider the insights gained from this early work, we can better inform actions of others through peer sharing while also creating new opportunities to discover transformative breakthroughs. The session will introduce participants to this work and create an environmentfor learning together. 

10:00 – 10:50 GMT Citizen engagement and governance innovation 

10:50 – 11:40 GMT Social innovation

11:40 – 12:10 GMT Capital and finance innovation

12:10 – 13:00 GMT Policy innovation

14:00 – 15:00 GMT Innovation in projects for transformation, replication and scaling

15:00 – 16:00 GMT Innovation in collaborations with businesses, social enterprises, and other civic institutions: reshaping value chains for regional jobs and skills

16:00 – 17:00 GMT Overview of the EU City Mission and its implementation

Tue 2 Nov 2021
14:30 - 15:30 GMT

Inspire, Inform, Innovate – EU Regional Climate Adaptation Opportunities for Climate Action

Virtual

An official EU side event, this session will showcase action on the ground, demonstrating the opportunities that climate adaptation offers regions. Speakers include representatives from the European Commission, the EU Committee of the Regions, EIT Climate-KIC, the Glasgow City Region and Andalusia.

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This 60-minute virtual session is part of the EU Side Event programme. It brings together speakers from EU bodies in addition to regional and city representatives. The interactive panel discussion will showcase action on the ground, demonstrating the opportunities that climate adaptation offers regions for economic development, growth and nurturing well-being. Audience participation will be encouraged to understand the barriers and opportunities of embedding climate change adaptation in development agendas.

Wed 3 Nov
15:15 - 16:45 GMT

The Growing Adaptation Economy – Adaptation & Resilience Solution

Blue Zone, Resilience Hub (Hybrid)

EIT Climate-KIC, in partnership with the CDC Group and with the support of BFA Global, the Lightsmith Group and UNDP will be hosting a pitching event for the most promising adaptation and resilience-focused start-ups from around the world, particularly in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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Sat 6 Nov
10:00 GMT

Circular Economy, Sustainable Industry

Blue Zone, EU Pavillion

This session will feature circular solutions by communities, businesses and youth to reach the 1.5-degree target. The event is part of #EU_Circular talks manage by ECESP which promotes the pan-European transition to a circular economy through collaboration and knowledge exchange among stakeholders. The multistakeholder Coordination Group members act as ambassadors, promote the exchange and mapping of best practices, facilitate interaction and foster debate. The discussion will include inputs from the EIT Climate-KIC Deep Demonstration in Slovenia.

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Mon 8 Nov 2021
14:00 - 18:00 GMT

Health and Nutrition Day – UN Climate Change Global Innovation Hub 

Blue Zone, UNFCCC space

EIT Food and EIT Climate-KIC are hosting a cluster of sessions focusing on the need to deeply transform the food value chains and consumption patterns in order to dramatically reduce the carbon footprint of the sector while meeting global health and nutrition needs.

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The sessions will take a holistic approach, from production to consumption, looking at issues of climate, health, biodiversity, resilience and regeneration which are all interrelated and need to be considered jointly in the transformation process. Taking a systemic view, it aims to identify how best innovation can transform whole value chains, improve consumption patterns toward healthier diets, embed food production in entire landscapes in order to manage the inevitable tensions between production and conservation activities, and finally how policies and private sector actions can integrate and benefit from these innovative approaches.

 

Mon 8 Nov 2021
14:00 - 15:30 GMT

The leading role of regions in raising ambitions for adaptation and resilience

Virtual

This Regions4 virtual side event will look at how regional governments contribute to raise ambitions on adaptation and are key to deliver climate resilient actions on the ground, looking at the lessons learnt and good practices from 5 years of experiences of the RegionsAdapt initiative, that can fuel the negotiations, and bring incentives for higher ambitions across levels of government.

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It will further reveal common challenges and provide recommendations for policymakers to guide the development and implementation of national, regional and local adaptation plans and strategies. Furthermore, it will show how mainstreaming adaptation through key relevant sectors can help accelerate ambition and how regional governments are working hand in hand with their national and local counterparts, fostering a multi-level governance approach for climate action.

RegionsAdapt is an official partner of the Race to Resilience and will present at COP26 a reinforced initiative. EIT Climate-KIC, also an official partner of the Race to Resilience, is a partner of this event. 

Mon 8 Nov 2021
15:00 - 17:30 GMT

Regional Adaptation Lab

Blue Zone, Glasgow City Region Pavillion | Virtual

Hosted by the Government of California and the Government of Scotland, the Regional Adaptation Lab session will focus on topics around delivery mechanisms, governance structures, leadership, and engagement of key stakeholders within placed-based resilience building.

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This event is hosted by the Government of California and the Government of Scotland, in partnership with Sniffer and EIT Climate-KIC. More information to follow.

1 - 12 Nov 2021

Partner Sessions at COP26

Glasgow | Virtual

The partners of EIT Climate-KIC are also leading or contributing to independent sessions related to climate innovation during COP26 and are inviting you to join virtually or in person:

Partner Sessions at COP26

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