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 900 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) 
  • Sustainable finance 
  • Transitioning to net zero 
  • Building business climate resilience  
  • Scope 3 emissions 
  • Just Transition 

We welcome suggestions if there is anything you would like to see us cover in our Climate Action Programme. Please email: amy.collins@unglobalcompact.org.uk.

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'.

UNFCCC
Hourglass in the dawn time
Young woman with poster in front of people protesting about climate changing on the street. Meeting about problem in ecology, environment, global warming, industrial influence, climate emergency.
Rusty ship in a dried ocean. Concept of global warming and climate change

Initiatives Led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters

Learn more about the climate initiatives led by United Nations Global Compact Headquarters in New York below:

Uniting Business and Governments to Recover Better - Since its launch on 18 May 2020, 170+ Companies with a combined market capitalization of over US$ 2.4 trillion and representing over 5 million employees have signed a statement urging governments to align their COVID-19 economic aid and recovery efforts with the latest climate science. CEOs are invited to continue indicating their support by completing this online form.

Caring for Climate - Mobilizing a critical mass of business leaders to implement climate change solutions and help shape public policy, Caring for Climate is the world's largest initiative for business leadership on climate change with over 400 companies from 60 countries.

Business Ambition for 1.5°C - An urgent call to action, led by a global coalition of UN agencies, business, and industry leaders. The UN Global Compact is calling on companies to commit to ambitious emissions reduction targets through the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi).

Business Ambition for Climate and Health Action Platform - Accelerate ambitious climate action and explore what the climate-health nexus means for business in order to become a catalyst for country-level action to deliver on the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Goals (SDGs).

Global Impact Initiative: Climate Ambition Accelerator - A six-month programme designed to equip companies with the knowledge and skills they need to accelerate progress towards setting science-based emissions reduction targets aligned with the 1.5℃ pathway. 

In addition, the UN Global Compact has created a number of COVID-19 briefings detailing the impact of the pandemic on a range of sustainability issue areas including climate. Each briefing includes a variety of resources to help companies Build Back Better and Recover Stronger.

Latest from the UNFCCC

„If you could stop the next tornado
from hitting your home,

the next hurricane
from wiping out your city,

the next drought
from starving your people,

wouldn’t you?“

Cc: @EmiThePoet | @Refugees | #ClimateCrisis

🗣️ "This conversation around food really needs to be amplified."

Actor and @IFAD Goodwill Ambassador @idriselba came to #COP26, to raise awareness about the risk #ClimateChange poses for global food security.

The airport industry has committed to net zero carbon emissions for all operations under its control by 2050.

At #COP26, industry representatives explained how they intend to achieve that goal.

🔗 https://bit.ly/COP26airports

Climate scientist @ed_hawkins is famous for visualizing global heating with 'Warming Stripes'.

Meanwhile, climate scientist Kevin Anchukaitis (@thirstygecko) has come up with the dataviz 'Warming Rings', reconstructing Northern Hemisphere temperatures back into the 8th century.

#ItsPossible: Portugal has gone entirely coal-free, 9 years ahead of the country's initial deadline to phase out coal, the planet's most polluting fossil fuel.

60%-70% of Portugal's electricity meanwhile comes from renewable energy sources.
https://edition.cnn.com/2021/11/22/europe/portugal-coal-plant-intl-climate-intl/index.html

🗣️ "There's a growing consciousness among young people in Africa of knowing the power of your voice, and using it."

At #COP26, the @_AfricanUnion's former Envoy on Youth @aya_chebbi joined us to discuss the special role of young people in addressing the #ClimateEmergency.

According to the UN's top climate official @PEspinosaC, governments meeting at #COP26 built a bridge between good intentions and measurable actions to tackle climate change, and acheived results in 4 key areas. Read about them here:

🔗https://bit.ly/COP26mainresults

#COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG: “We must grasp this moment. We know what we need to do. The world must now step up and take the fight forwards on finance, on adaptation, and on 1.5C.”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/23/cop26-limit-in-reach-uk-presidency-glasgow-climate

Indigenous peoples steward over 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity.

At #COP26, there was unprecedented engagement between indigenous peoples, local communities and governments.

🔗 https://bit.ly/COP26Indig

🗣️ "What was achieved at COP26?"

The #COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact sets out the historic agreements made at the summit👇

#ClimateAction | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Climate technology is at the heart of national climate action plans under the Paris Agreement.

Inspiring examples and relevant recommendations were presented at #COP26 which now need to be implemented.

🔗 https://bit.ly/COP26ClimTech

"That's the moment when you realize there is hope after all."

At #COP26, actor @GaelGarciaB talked to us about the things he learned from meeting people at the frontlines of the #ClimateCrisis in Mexico.

#MondayMotivation:

New Delhi’s metro is about to become the world’s first fully solar-powered transport system.

It is part of the world’s first railway network to earn carbon credits from the @UN for helping to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
https://www.euronews.com/next/2021/11/18/is-new-delhi-on-track-to-become-the-world-s-first-fully-solar-powered-metro

#GlobalHeating means the atmosphere can hold more heat - which means more extreme fires and droughts. It also means it can hold more moisture, leading to exteme flooding as in Canada right now. Infographic via @NOAA

📢 Call for interns

We are looking for motivated people enrolled in a graduate programme who would like to do an #internship with our Executive Support and Engagement Unit.

Apply now: https://bit.ly/3CFCCOH

Sometimes, it can be helpful to just step back and view things from a distance. Space can be a good place to start. 🎙️ https://bit.ly/ItsPossible_1 | #COP26

After six years of negotiations, the #ParisAgreement can now function for all. But the agreement's 1.5°C temperature goal will only survive if governments keep their promises and translate commitments into rapid action. Read about key outcomes of #COP26: https://bit.ly/COP26wrap

It's possible to rapidly transition to renewable energy, notably wind and solar. That was the message of clean energy leaders meeting at #COP26. Speakers: @dkClimateAmb & @benwindstrategy. Via @hlcchampions

The Glasgow Climate Pact keeps 1.5 alive and includes:

✅ an ask to phase down unabated coal power
✅ the first ever COP cover decision to contain Loss & Damage
✅ an ask to phase out inefficient fossil subsidies
✅ countries agreeing to revisit their 2030 NDCs in 2022

#COP26

Protecting our planet. Protecting our sport.

We’re proud to become a member of UN Sports for Climate Action, and work towards Net Zero by 2040.

@ThiemDomi @UNFCCC

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Latest from UK COP26

At #COP26, our amazing #EarthshotPrize Finalists came together for the first time to meet and share their incredible solutions to repair our planet 🌎 🙌

🗣️ "What was achieved at COP26?"

The #COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact sets out the historic agreements made at the summit 👇

#ClimateAction | #TogetherForOurPlanet

The final minutes of #COP26 🕖

Swipe through to see the crucial moments before world leaders agreed the historic Glasgow Climate Pact at the closing plenary 👉

#TogetherForOurPlanet

"Rather than art as decoration, I think art is almost the why and the science and the politics are the how."

See how #ClimateAction has been a source of inspiration for the creative industries 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

🗣️ "What was achieved at COP26?"

The #COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact sets out the historic agreements made at the summit 👇

#ClimateAction | #TogetherForOurPlanet

"Business has a really progressive role to play."

From the technology sector to food suppliers, see how businesses are putting #ClimateAction at the heart of growing their organisations 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

COP27 will be held in Africa — Egypt.

Follow us for news and updates on the COP27 climate summit. Tweets on COP27 will be through hashtag #COP27Africa

To spread the word -
1) Follow COP27 on @COP27Africa
2) Help Retweet & Share

Photo credit: Egyptian pyramids - Mark Brodkin

"Business has a really progressive role to play."

From the technology sector to food suppliers, see how businesses are putting #ClimateAction at the heart of growing their organisations 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

At #COP26, countries recognised the urgent need to act and launched a work programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation.

Why is this significant?

Swipe to find out and learn more about what else was agreed on adaptation 🔽

#COP26 President @AlokSharma_RDG: “We must grasp this moment. We know what we need to do. The world must now step up and take the fight forwards on finance, on adaptation, and on 1.5C.”
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/23/cop26-limit-in-reach-uk-presidency-glasgow-climate

"Multi-faith working on this global issue is the most important thing that we can be doing."

See how #ClimateAction is uniting different faiths, religions and belief systems 👇

#COP26 | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Cop26’s ticking clock, an inside view – in pictures https://www.theguardian.com/environment/gallery/2021/nov/23/cop26s-ticking-clock-an-inside-view-in-pictures?CMP=twt_a-environment_b-gdneco

At #COP26, countries recognised the urgent need to act and launched a work programme on the Global Goal on Adaptation.

Why is this significant?

Swipe to find out and learn more about what else was agreed on adaptation 🔽

🗣️ "What was achieved at COP26?"

The #COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact sets out the historic agreements made at the summit👇

#ClimateAction | #TogetherForOurPlanet

Indigenous peoples steward over 80% of the planet’s remaining biodiversity.

At #COP26, there was unprecedented engagement between indigenous peoples, local communities and governments.

🔗 https://bit.ly/COP26Indig

Read my piece on #COP26 in the ⁦@guardian⁩ 👇 https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/nov/23/cop26-limit-in-reach-uk-presidency-glasgow-climate

"That's the moment when you realize there is hope after all."

At #COP26, actor @GaelGarciaB talked to us about the things he learned from meeting people at the frontlines of the #ClimateCrisis in Mexico.

🗣️ "What was achieved at COP26?"

The #COP26 Glasgow Climate Pact sets out the historic agreements made at the summit👇

#ClimateAction | #TogetherForOurPlanet

We’re supporting a first-of-its-kind hydrogen project near #Glasgow with over £9m

Powered by Whitelee Windfarm, it will produce & store hydrogen for carbon-free transport

Supporting skilled green jobs & helping us reach #NetZero

👉https://gov.uk/government/news/glasgow-to-be-home-to-first-of-a-kind-hydrogen-storage-project
#TogetherForOurPlanet

England will lead the world by requiring all new buildings to have #ElectricVehicle chargepoints installed, helping to:

🔌 Make EV charging more accessible
🚗 Accelerate the transition to EVs
💼 Boost green jobs

Read more on the new regulations: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-to-announce-electric-vehicle-revolution

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