Cornwall has been invited to join UK leaders working together to shape the COP26 taking place in Glasgow in November.
Cllr Julian German, Leader of Cornwall Council, received the invitation to join the COP26 UK Mayors and Regions Advisory Panel, from The Rt Hon Alok Sharma, COP President Designate.
Cornwall, with our ambitious and pioneering climate action, is recognised as being a leading rural region, for tackling Climate Change with several ground-breaking initiatives.
Having signed up to the Race to Zero global campaign at the end of last year, Cornwall Council has added our shoulder to the wheel of the largest ever alliance, covering nearly a quarter of the globe, committed to achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2050 at the latest. Cornwall is showing leadership on climate action as part of the Race to Zero coalition alongside other members on the council and is building momentum to unlock inclusive, sustainable growth towards a healthy, resilient, zero carbon recovery.
Cllr Julian German, Leader of the Council said: “Being offered a seat at the UK COP Advisory Panel’s table further emphasises how Cornwall is regarded as leading the way among UK local authorities on climate action.
“We are already providing advice and guidance to other local authorities as a Member of the UK100 network of ambitious local government leaders for cleaner, more powerful communities. In addition, as a large rural unitary authority, we find ourselves at the forefront of climate action; As members of the UK Countryside Climate Network we are amplifying the rural voice as holding the key to many natural and innovative solutions to the Climate Emergency.
“As a member of the COP26 UK Mayors and Regions Advisory Panel we are looking forward to further sharing our expertise and experience with other UK local authorities and partners, especially as we prepare to host the world’s G7 Summit in June.
“We are also looking forward to working with the Rt Hon Alok Sharma and our partner members of the advisory council, and sharing any vital experience we gain, on the G7 world stage, in making COP26 a successful and powerful springboard for accelerating UK and world action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.”
Cornwall and the Isle of Scilly has submitted an Expression of Interest to be represented in the COP26 green zone at the Conference Centre. The proposal ‘My World, Our Planet’ aims to showcase how rural and island communities can accelerate the transition to a low carbon economy, reinforcing the ‘Together for Our Planet’ messaging through strong public sector leadership, private sector investment and community engagement and action.
Cllr Edwina Hannaford, Cabinet Member for Climate Change said: “Cornwall is working collaboratively and is finding and delivering innovative answers to Climate Change. Our strong community partnerships are unlocking ground-breaking opportunities for reducing and sequestering carbon. This creative ambition has attracted funding for inventive schemes to be trialled in Cornwall. The Forest for Cornwall, our decision-making wheel placing people and planet at the heart of our decisions, capturing methane from farm slurry to produce biogas, exploring deep geothermal and floating offshore wind power, and piloting the Government’s Whole House Retrofit Project, are a few of the reasons why Cornwall was chosen to host the G7 Summit and also makes us an ideal candidate to have a presence at COP26 in the autumn.
“And there is more innovation and ambition to be unveiled in Cornwall with the ‘Back the Future - Cornwall’ a pioneering public donation climate action fund set to be launched on 16 March at an online webinar”