Contribute to COP26
COP26 will be hosted in Glasgow in November 2021. Researchers, academics and DPhil students from the University of Oxford can access opportunities to engage with different aspects of COP26, and provide expertise to policymakers and other stakeholders. You can explore a range of opportunities below:
Israel and the UK are strong allies in leading global action to climate change. Both countries have world leading academic institutions committed to providing the knowledge that underpins policy on climate action. This is a cause that requires scientific and research cooperation, uniting the best minds together.
Building on previous academic exchanges and ahead of COP26 conference where Israel will take part, we would like to invite you to participate in a landmark event, where you would present the work of your institution/centre and meet counterparts from Israel to discover opportunities for lasting cooperation.
The event will be jointly organized by the Embassy of Israel in the UK and the COP26 Universities Network. It will include the foremost centres and departments leading on research in the field and will present new and innovative solutions from both countries, with the purpose to creating opportunities for collaboration.
The event will be held online and will feature funding opportunities and bodies.
From the Israeli side, we anticipate participation of the following centres:
- The Climate Science Center (HUCS) The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
- Department of Environment Studies Tel Aviv University (who are soon to be opening a Climate Center)
- Department of Geography and Environmental Studies University of Haifa – (focusing on climate change)
- The Green Campus Initiative Ben Gurion University
- Renewable Energy & Smart Grid Excellence Centre Holon Institute of Technology
- Center for Sustainability Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art
In order to maximise the potential for cooperation we are looking to invite heads of Centers/Departments that focus on one or more of the following research areas:
- Energy efficiency
We would be delighted to hear from you, and if are interested in participating, please respond by 18 June 2021 with the following information:
- Brief information about the Centre/Department
- Specific areas of research
- If there are any existing relations with Israeli institution
Please get in contact with Anna at email@example.com. We will then be in touch with further information
For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 1-12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted, bringing together heads of state, climate experts, young people, civil society, trade unions, faith groups and indigenous peoples to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change. Information on this website outlines the opportunities for involvement via the UK Government at COP26.
The University of Oxford has submitted a coordinated expression of interest to hold an exhibition booth for the full two weeks of COP26. We are keen to know about ideas Oxford researchers and academics have for inclusion in this exhibition, and any other plans that they have for other exhibition or side events around COP26. Please let us know by contacting Heather Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
The POST (Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology) board has approved nine new POSTnotes. The topics are: blue carbon; delivering the Local Nature Recovery Network; energy sector digitalisation; genome editing and the future of food; managing soils for carbon and plant productivity; pesticides and health; reducing agricultural pressures on freshwater ecosystems; space defence; and the impact of early childhood education and care on children’s outcomes. Work on these topics will start in the coming months. Find out how to contribute with literature, expertise or as a peer-reviewer by clicking the links above. If you’re wondering whether it’s worth getting involved, check out Professor Aiden Doherty’s recent reflections on the experience of being an expert contributor to a POSTnote here.
UK Government consultation | Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The government is seeking views and opinions about the draft environmental principles policy statement, which will create a legally binding duty on policymakers to have due regard to five environmental principles committed to by the UK government to guide its work. The policy statement will ensure that policymakers understand how to interpret and proportionately apply these principles across government policy, and will guide them towards opportunities to prevent environmental damage whilst supporting innovation and sustainable development.
Deadline: 23:45 GMT, 2 June 2021
UK government consultation | Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
The government is planning to introduce an Extended Producer Responsibility scheme for packaging, which will mean that packaging producers will pay the full cost of managing packaging once it becomes waste. This will encourage producers to use less packaging and use more recyclable materials, reducing the amount of hard to recycle packaging placed on the market. This consultation is seeking views on how the scheme will operate, including its design, governance, implementation timelines and enforcement.
Deadline: 23:45 BST, 4 June 2021
UK government consultation | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
The government’s 2019 consultation on a future regulatory target for the Non-Domestic Private Rented Sector Regulations of EPC B by 2030 gained large support. As a result, the 2020 Energy white paper confirmed that the future trajectory for the non-domestic minimum energy efficiency standards (MEES) will be EPC B by 2030. Responses to the earlier consultation raised issues with how existing minimum energy efficiency standards have been implemented, so this consultation is seeking evidence on how to improve the implementation and enforcement, and ensure the policy can be delivered in practice.
Deadline: 23:45 GMT, 9 June 2021
UK government consultation | Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Since the 2012 Bioenergy Strategy, biomass has played a prominent role in the UK’s efforts to decarbonise the economy. However, given that the context within which biomass is used has changed, the government is seeking to strengthen its evidence base around sustainable biomass and how it can potentially support the UK’s net zero target. This evidence will help inform future policy in this area, and the development of the UK biomass strategy.
Deadline: 23:45 BST, 15 June 2021
Northern Ireland Executive | Department for the Economy
This consultation is seeking views on a new proposed vision for the Energy Strategy for Northern Ireland, a range of underlying principles around which all energy policies will be developed and key issues to prioritise; a range of illustrative energy scenarios to visualise different potential future energy systems; and a series of potential policy options structured around the proposed principles.
Deadline: 17:00 BST, 30 June 2021
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.
In collaboration with the UK Civil Service Policy Profession, the University is offering awards of up to £5,000 to support partnerships between researchers at Oxford and policymakers (in or outside the UK) that will enable partners to improve public policy responses to COVID-19 – mitigating impact, supporting recovery, or both – through the sharing of evidence, experience and expertise.
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.