The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference postponed until 2021

The 2020 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), scheduled for November 2020 in Glasgow, has been postponed until 2021.  Understandably, as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But the climate crisis will not go away.  It is an emergency of a similar, if not bigger, scale, just unfolding over a longer timeline. The impacts on businesses and communities through extreme weather events will continue.  And our carbon budget will stay the same.  The decade of action is still vitally important.

At Business in the Community (BITC), we know that our members are continuing to work on this critical challenge.  Our Net Zero Carbon Taskforce is working hard to develop the tools and resources needed to help businesses of all sizes and in all sectors set ambitious targets and implement action plans to achieve them. We are also collaborating with a range of partners to influence government to make the post-coronavirus economic stimulus kickstart a just transition to a zero-carbon world.  One where the UK is creating new jobs and opportunities for disadvantaged communities and leading the world in the race to a better business as usual. 

Over the next few months we will be reaching out across the Prince’s Responsible Business Network to find out what you would like to see in a policy response, share our online accelerator course, that will take businesses through the steps to pivot into becoming part of the solution to the climate crisis and to get your thoughts on how we move forward once the coronavirus pandemic settles down. 

The impacts of the global lockdown are already having positive effects on air quality, pollution and carbon emissions, that in themselves will save thousands of lives.  The response from businesses and individuals to support communities through this crisis is showing the best of humanity.  We have a unique opportunity to recast our economy and the way we all live and work so that we can amplify those positives to create a better world for people and nature. As we start to emerge from these hugely challenging times, together we can turn what we have learnt from this crisis into a path that creates a fairer, more resilient and kinder society that enables us to rebuild the health of nature’s life support systems and avert the biggest crisis we face as a connected, global society.  

If you would like to find out more about how BITC can support you and get involved, contact BITC’s Environment Director, Gudrun Cartwright.

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Cathy Beveridge, media and external affairs manager, Business in the Community, 07776 181945, cathy.beveridge@bitc.org.uk

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We inspire, engage and challenge members and we mobilise that collective strength as a force for good in society to: 

  • create a skilled, inclusive workforce today and for the future
  • build thriving communities in which to live and work
  • innovate to repair and sustain our planet.

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