Contribute to COP26
Cop26 will be hosted by the UK and Italy in 2021. Given that the UK is playing a pivotal role, there are a number of opportunities to engage with policymakers and other academics to Especially as COP26 will be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021, there are a number of opportunities for academics and researchers to engage with different aspects of COP26.
Researchers, academics and DPhil students from the University of Oxford can access opportunities to provide expertise to policymakers and other stakeholders in preparation for COP26.
There are a number of ways in which the University enables its members to interact formally with the UNFCCC. Apart from purely personal interactions such as research and policy analysis, it is possible to participate at UNFCCC sessions. These include attending meetings, events, and debrief seminars as registered observers.
Expert database for the media: The University of Glasgow is hosting the COP26 Consortium of Universities expert profiles. Researchers should complete and submit the online to be contacted by the media for expert comment and input on research and issues relating to COP26. Take the survey and sign up to the expert database here >>.
UKCDR survey on UK-funded research for climate change and international development: UK Collaborative on Development Research (UKCDR) have launched a survey to explore perceptions of the impact and future priorities of UK-funded research for climate change and international development. It is aimed at those involved in the delivery or use of research for both climate change and international development, including research funders, academics, research delivery partners, regional networks, civil society, policy-makers and NGOs.
Click here >> to complete the survey (Estimated time to complete survey: 10-15 minutes)
Research & Public Policy Partnership Scheme offers awards of up to £5K for partnerships between researchers at Oxford and policymakers, in or outside the UK, that enable them to collaborate to improve public policy responses to COVID-19 – to mitigate impact, support recovery, or both – through sharing of evidence, experience and expertise; Guidance for applicants to Research & Public Policy Partnership Scheme (second call 2020)
Deadlines: Rolling deadline for applications up to £1,000 (please refer to guidance).
UK government consultation | Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government
The Planning for the future consultation proposes reforms of the planning system to streamline and modernise the planning process, bring a new focus to design and sustainability, improve the system of developer contributions to infrastructure, and ensure more land is available for development where it is needed.
Deadline for submission: 29 October 2020, 23:45 GMT
UK Parliament inquiry | Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee
In a White Paper, the Government has set out significant changes to streamline the planning system. Proposals include simplified designations for land usage, including automatic permission in principle for development in some areas, greater use of digital technology in the planning process and a National Design Guide to ensure “high quality development” that reflects “local character and preferences”.
The inquiry will examine how well the proposed reforms would support the Government’s wider building strategy, including its target to build 300,000 new homes a year, as well as ensuring high quality construction that is fit for purpose. It will also examine how well the new proposals protect existing buildings or localities, and provide mechanisms for local engagement in the planning system.
Deadline: 30 October 2020
Welsh Parliament Inquiry | Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee
The Committee is undertaking a consultation on the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak on the agriculture and fisheries sectors, food supply, animal welfare, climate change and the environment.
The Committee is eager to hear your views on the impact of the outbreak in Wales. The Committee will examine the response by the Welsh Government and relevant public bodies, as well as consider the impact on relevant sectors and professions. The Wales response in the wider UK context will also be considered.
Given current circumstances there is no fixed deadline by which to submit your views – we ask you to share them with us as soon as you are able so that we can follow things up in as timely a way as possible.
We do not expect detailed or lengthy evidence papers, a short email about your views on, and experiences of, the impact of the pandemic is enough, and we will get in touch with you directly if there’s anything we want to understand more fully.
UK Government consultation | Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy
BEIS is seeking views on policy options for a new levy on gas suppliers to fund support for green gas injection into the gas grid.
Deadline: 23:45 GMT, 2 November 2020
UK Government consultation | Nuclear Decommissioning Authority and others
The Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) has today published its fourth Draft Strategy and on 17 August 2020 begun a 12-week public consultation. Due to the current Government guidance around social distancing, the NDA will be holding a series of virtual meetings and briefings, and a bespoke virtual stakeholder event mid-way through the consultation period – where stakeholders will have the opportunity to discuss the details with authors of the draft strategy. These responses will be considered in developing the final Strategy – which will be submitted for approval to UK and Scottish Government, ahead of publication by April 2021.
Deadline: 1700 GMT, 8 November 2020
UK Government consultation | Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
We are seeking views on a revised draft Waste Management Plan for England (the Plan). Under the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011 the Government is required to review the Plan every 6 years. The content of the Plan is determined by the requirements of Schedule 1 to the Waste (England and Wales) Regulations 2011. The Plan provides an analysis of the current waste management situation in England. It is primarily about the quantity of waste there is in England and how that waste is managed. The Plan sets out a summary of current policies, not new policies or announcements. It reflects the policies included in the Government’s Resources and Waste Strategy, published in 2018.
Deadline: 23:45 BST, 15 November 2020
UK Parliament inquiry | Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee, House of Commons
The Committee has launched an inquiry examining the path to decarbonising heating in homes. The Committee will examine the Government’s ‘Buildings and Heat Strategy’, due in November, and investigate the policies, priorities and timelines which are needed to decarbonise heating in residential buildings and help ensure the UK gets on track to deliver Net Zero by 2050.
Deadline: 13 November 2020
UK Parliament inquiry | Environmental Audit Committee
The Environmental Audit Committee will follow-up work on its 2018 inquiry, Fixing fashion: clothing consumption and sustainability. The Committee has chosen to revisit the issue to monitor progress due to continued concerns around the environmental impact of the fashion industry and working conditions in UK garment factories.
Deadline: 13 November 2020
UK Government consultation | Environment Agency
The Environment Agency is consulting on new guidance about appropriate measures for permitted facilities that take non-hazardous and inert waste for treatment or transfer.
Deadline: 1700 GMT, 13 November 2020