Climate Action Programme

Climate change presents an enormous threat to both our planet and all those that inhabit it. While the world's poorest countries and communities are most vulnerable to climate-related disasters, climate change will impact us all, threatening the stability of the global economy and sustainable development.

Despite the challenges presented by climate change, addressing it opens new opportunities to create a greener, more sustainable, and prosperous planet. We have the technology and knowledge to deliver meaningful climate action and limit the worst impacts of climate change. It is clear that the climate movement is building - we are seeing collective action at the grassroots level continue to grow, governments setting net-zero emissions targets, and now more than 850 companies committing to set science-based emissions reduction targets. Now is the time to take even bolder, more decisive action to ensure the transition to a low-carbon economy is just and fair, securing a sustainable future for all.

The United Nations Global Compact Network UK's Climate Action Programme aims to support businesses on their journey to a low-carbon economy. Businesses are an integral part of society and they have an essential role to play in the fight against climate change. Businesses are responsible for significant amounts of global greenhouse gas emissions; however, they are also well equipped and well-placed to drive innovation on reducing emissions and build a better future. Businesses already taking climate action have shown there are numerous benefits to be recognised - these include reduced operating costs; increased resource efficiency; enhanced reputation; greater access to capital; and improved resilience.

This year, the team will be encouraging companies to set ambitious targets for their carbon emissions reductions through the Business Ambition for 1.5°C initiative. Companies setting science-based targets show their commitment to limiting average global warming to 1.5°C and avoiding the most catastrophic impacts of climate change.

We will be delivering a range of activities throughout the year covering topics such as:

  • Science-based targets
  • The Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD)
  • Decarbonising logistics
  • Carbon offsets
  • Scope 3 Reporting
  • Renewable energy

We welcome suggestions if there is anything you would like to see us cover in our Climate Action Programme. Please email:

COP 26 Confirmed Dates: 1st - 12th November 2021
Glasgow will host the United Nations Framework Convention on
Climate Change's (UNFCCC) 26th 'Conference of the Parties' (COP26).

The UNFCCC entered into force in 1994. The 197 countries that have ratified the convention are called 'Parties to the Convention'. Preventing dangerous human interference with the climate system is the ultimate aim of the UNFCCC. It binds member states to act in the interest of human safety, even in the face of scientific uncertainty. The ultimate objective of the convention is to stabilize greenhouse gas concentrations 'at a level that would prevent dangerous, anthropogenic (human-induced) interference with the climate system'. It also states that, 'such a level should be achieved within a timeframe sufficient to allow ecosystems to adapt naturally to climate change, to insure that food production is not threatened, and to enable economic develpment to proceed in a sustainable manner'.

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Latest from the UNFCCC

Countries are stepping up efforts to make their #ClimateAction more transparent - important to achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

In the first half of this year, 59 countries' climate reports were reviewed and analyzed virtually >>

#COVID__19 does not resolve the climate & biodiversity crises.

"As (...) countries plan the post-COVID recovery, it will be important to put the UN's Sustainable Development Goals at the heart of policymaking."

New Sustainable Development Report 👇

Between 2010-19, costs for #RenewableEnergy experienced a historic decline.

☀️ Solar photovoltaics 8⃣2⃣%🔻
☀️ Concentrating solar power 4⃣7⃣%🔻
🌬️ Onshore wind 3⃣9⃣%🔻
🌬️ Offshore wind 2⃣9⃣%🔻

The transition to clean energy is unstoppable.

Source: @IRENA

As with all major transitions, the transition to a renewable, #CleanEnergy system requires innovation.💡

Find out what role clean energy innovation needs to play in achieving net zero emissions in this new @IEA report 👇

🇯🇲 Congratulations Jamaica for submitting updated #NDC under the #ParisAgreement to @UNFCCC. Especially in these difficult times, we welcome your commitment and ambitious plan to reduce emissions and increase sectoral coverage of the #NDC.

Good news from the #COP26 host country 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾

20 major retailers have signed a declaration to set the industry on a path to accelerate progress towards a Net Zero UK. #RaceToZero

Nature-based solutions such as ending deforestation and restoring habitats can significantly build resilience to #ClimateChange and reduce its impacts >>

We are proud to announce that we are one of the global leaders of the #GenerationEquality Action Coalition on "Feminist Action for Climate Justice".

Together with @UN_Women & partners, we will work to make gender equality a reality.

More info:

The #RaceToZero is the largest ever coalition of businesses, cities, regions and investors to commit to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 at the very latest.

How much of global GDP is already covered under the campaign? 🌏❓

.@UNEP has been warning us of the urgent need to close the emissions gap, and outlining how to do it, since 2010 with seminal annual reports. Read more about the work of the @UN system to stave off the worst impacts of #climatechange 👉🏾 #UN75

Misinformation - whether on COVID-19, #ClimateChange
or other issues - spreads faster when we're upset.

Pause and #TakeCareBeforeYouShare.

As #COVID19 hits the fossil fuel industry, a new report shows that renewable energy is more cost-effective than ever – providing an opportunity to prioritize clean energy & bring the world closer to meeting the #ParisAgreement goals.

The global average temperature is departing from nomal - strikingly and increasingly so.

So it is time that climate action departs from business as usual, too. With the help of more ambitious national climate action plans and through the #RaceToZero (source of data: @NASA).

Youth need to be more stongly involved in climate policy - young people need sustainable jobs, and to be protected from the impacts of global heating.

Join virtual dialogue on the role of youth in #climateaction.

📅 1st July 2020
⏰ 15:00 - 16:30 CEST

The COVID-19 pandemic has not stopped the #ClimateEmergency.

At today's NDC partnership forum, @PEspinosaC highlighted the need for progress in 2020.


"London Climate Action Week is particularly significant this year, because we need to start the conversation about what it really means to #buildbackbetter.

I'm taking action through the #RacetoZero, to 10X net zero 2050 commitments by @COP26."

#LCAW2020 #LDNClimateAction

Updated and ambitious national climate action plans are at the❤️ of effective responses to #COVID19.

Join @PEspinosaC and others at the NDC Partnership Forum at 8:00 a.m. NYC/ 14:00 Bonn time today to find out about assistance offered by @ndcpartnership

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Latest from UK COP26

Congratulations to @Ashden_org award winner:
Rede de Sementes do Xingu! 🎉👏

@RedeXingu won the #Ashden20 Natural Climate Solutions Award for their 🇧🇷 seed collection reforestation business in Mato Grosso.

Learn more 👉

#COP26 | #ClimateAction

COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG reflects on a hugely successful #LDNClimateAction Week.

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What was your favourite #LCAW2020 event? 🌍 💪

#COP26 | @london_climate | #ClimateAction

#COP26 | @topnigel

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The UK is working with @EGY_Environment to showcase best practice on how we can minimise the impacts of #ClimateChange in the run up to #COP26.

Read about our plans for climate adaptation & resilience:

@AlokSharma_RDG | #LCAW2020

Thanks to @AlokSharma_RDG and @MujaJeanne for speaking at this event led by @e3g & @IIED this morning!

Still to come in #LCAW2020 today:

⚖️@GRI_LSE talk climate litigation
📈 @ethexuk seek to #buildbackbetter
💸 @CDCgroup mobilise green finance

More 👉

Alok Sharma@AlokSharma_RDG

It was great to speak at the "Resilience in Light of COVID19" @IIED event at #LCAW2020 today.

#LDNClimateAction Week has been a fantastic example of how we can all work to build a stronger, greener economic recovery 🌎


As we enter the final few hours of London Climate Action Week, our Mayor @sadiqkhan says London is leading the way on #ClimateAction

With @COP26 taking place in the UK next year, it's time to look ahead


“The shift to #netzero in the UK is full of opportunity. There is a very exciting story ahead of us”.

To achieve a green, resilient recovery we need to work together.

We're engaging with experts like @lordstern1 to find solutions.

Watch to find out more in our video ⬇

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The UK is working with @EGY_Environment to showcase best practice on how we can minimise the impacts of #ClimateChange in the run up to #COP26.

Read about our plans for climate adaptation & resilience:

@AlokSharma_RDG | #LCAW2020

It was great to speak at the "Resilience in Light of COVID19" @IIED event at #LCAW2020 today.

#LDNClimateAction Week has been a fantastic example of how we can all work to build a stronger, greener economic recovery 🌎


@jagan_chapagain @AlokSharma_RDG @MujaJeanne @Mabeytweet @EmmaHowardBoyd @SaleemulHuq @SPARCIndia2 @SIPRIorg @dansmith2020 @andynortondev @COP26 @LDCChairUNFCCC @Premagopalan @WTWrisk @AmaleeAmin @CDCgroup @sspindia Wrapped up a great #ResilienceforCOP26 #LCAW2020 discussion with @andynortondev stressing that we must act with urgency for resilience in climate change.

A recording of the event will be in IIED's YouTube -->

"We must help people, economies and the environment to adapt and prepare for the impacts of climate change.

Adaptation and resilience are vital."

@AlokSharma_RDG, President of @COP26 says at #ResilienceforCOP26 #LCAW2020

Today's #LDNClimateAction #ResilienceforCOP26 event starting now will include opening remarks from @jagan_chapagain & keynote addresses from @AlokSharma_RDG & @MujaJeanne.

Resilience in light of COVID-19: Climate Action on the Road to COP26.

Join speakers:

🌍 @AlokSharma_RDG, @COP26
🇷🇼 @MujaJeanne, @RwandaGov

Today at 10am at this event hosted by:


Register here:


Great to speak with @CaliforniaEPA Secretary Jared Blumenfeld yesterday and hear about the steps California is taking towards net zero 👍

Looking forward to working together on a clean and resilient recovery from #coronavirus and @COP26 next year.


Welcome to day 3 #LCAW2020!

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Today COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG will be discussing adaptation and resilience for #COP26 with @IIED.

Watch the event live at 10am BST:

@MujaJeanne | #LDNClimateAction | #ClimateAction

Welcome to day 3 #LCAW2020!

🌎 💪 💚 🇬🇧

Today COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG will be discussing adaptation and resilience for #COP26 with @IIED.

Watch the event live at 10am BST:

@MujaJeanne | #LDNClimateAction | #ClimateAction

The UK, as #COP26 Presidency, will be working with 🇩🇪 on a new funding window for innovative #NAMA projects, which aim to reduce carbon emissions. 💪

Find out more about how 🇬🇧 is harnessing finance to tackle #ClimateChange 👇

@bmu | @KwasiKwarteng

Congratulations to @Ashden_org award winner:
the Togolese Rural Electrification and Renewable Energy Agency (AT2ER)! 👏

AT2ER won the #Ashden20 System Innovation for Energy Access Award for implementing 🇹🇬 rural electrification policy.



As the second day of #LCAW2020 draws to a close, @MayorofLondon @SadiqKhan speaks out in support of London Climate Action Week.

As we look ahead to @COP26 next year, it's time for the world to come together and collaborate on #climateaction

Join us TOMORROW 11:00 BST for a high-level discussion 'From recovery to COP26: the contribution of #sustainable #cooling', co-hosted by @BeisGovUk, @DefraGovUk, and @ActOnCooling. Register here -> #LCAW2020 #LDNClimateAction @e3g and @london_climate

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