COP 26 – Climate Leadership


BCCJ Responsible Business: External events & initiatives

The UK hosted the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021. The event brought parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Many believed this event to be the world’s last best chance to get runaway climate change under control. For nearly three decades the UN has been bringing together almost every country on earth for global climate summits – called COPs – which stands for ‘Conference of the Parties’. In that time climate change has gone from being a fringe issue to a global priority.

In a digital age where there is so much information available online, and too many high-quality events and initiatives coming up to miss, the Chamber has compiled a list of some upcoming non-BCCJ events that may be of interest, surrounding the theme of COP26 and responsible business.

Learn more about COP26 HERE


Past Events:


Midlands Sustainability Summit – the path to Net Zero

East Midlands Chamber

September 23, 1730-2015(JST)

2015 Summit, delivered in partnership with the University of Derby, was built on the continued activity to support the transition to a low carbon economy and the path to Net Zero.

The Ten Point Plan for Green Growth in the Midlands Engine was set out, with a unified voice, the Midlands Engine Partnership’s collective plan: actions to be taken in partnership which will accelerate both the Midlands and the UK’s path to net zero.

More information HERE


The Future of Green Data Centres

British Chamber of Commerce Singapore

September 28, 1700-1830(JST)

This webinar looked to share:
– Singapore’s plans for the Data Centre industry,
– the energy challenges this poses and
– how providers were raising to the challenge to ensure Singapore can continue to play a leading role in this global industry without running out of the power needed to support it.

The focus was on :
– how data centres will manage their huge demand for energy from a practical perspective as well as
– regional developments, international practices for adaptation and,
– how they can tackle the challenge of decarbonization through efficient design as well as a transitioning to renewable energy sources and carbon offsets.

More information HERE. This event was free for BCCJ members.


Evidence Session 4: Aligning Trade Rules to Meet Climate and Environment Goals

All-Party Parliamentary Group for Trade & Export Promotion

October 12, 1830-2000 (JST)

The APPG for Trade & Export Promotion was held with joint Parliamentary Evidence Session with the APPG for the Environment on Tuesday 12th October between 10:30 am and 12:00 midday (BST).

Our joint evidence session was Chaired by Baroness Nosheena Mobarik CBE, and our esteemed panel of experts was moderated by Anthony Browne MP.

This evidence session heard what work is occurring internationally reviewing global trade rules alignment with environment and climate objectives, and what the UK could learn from this.

We turned to our UK bilateral trade rules and our climate, environment, sustainability and biodiversity goals asking whether our UK trade rules are enhancing or damaging our climate objectives. We came up with solutions to reducing friction and ensuring trade is a net contributor to green objectives.

More information HERE 


Initiatives and Challenges for Carbon Neutrality in the UK and Japan in preparation of COP26

British Market Council

October 19, 1500-1700(JST)

For the 23rd Japan & UK Business Partnership Seminar, British Market Council invited representatives from the Governments of the UK and Japan to give virtual presentations on the countries’ policies towards carbon neutrality. This was followed by a presentation from Yasunori Takeuchi, CEO at Standard Chartered Bank, on the financial service sector’s role on sustainability and its initiatives and actions towards carbon neutrality.

This online event was held in Japanese.

Progressing to a Net Zero Business through Sustainable Business Management

Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce

October 27, 1800-1930 (JST)

Understand how to manage your decarbonisation journey across your business and its stakeholders from start to finish.

Learn how to stay on top of your environmental targets, how to continually improve your performance and communicate your progress.

Gain insight into organisations environmental procurement and low carbon supply chain policies.

We recognise knowing where to start, what good looks like, and how to improve environmental performance for net zero can be difficult. That’s why we chose to deliver this webinar.

Hear from expert business leaders in the environmental discipline on issues that your business may face.

Join this webinar to learn how to manage your environmental impact and gain a competitive edge through sustainable business management, by:

  • Discovering how businesses have managed their decarbonisation journey to improve their reputation, differentiate and remain competitive.
  • Gaining practical advice on managing your environmental progress, including overcoming barriers and capitalising on opportunities.
  • Knowing best practice examples so you can benchmark your environmental action against environmental leaders to know what good looks like.

More information HERE


Midlands Energy Summit – 2021

East Midlands Chamber

November 30, 1700-2000(JST)

Held in partnership with the University of Nottingham’s Energy Innovation and Collaboration team the 2021 Midlands Energy Summit will explored how Government, businesses, academia and civil society come together to ensure that clean growth can underpin our future economy.

As we continue our recovery from the impact of the Covid-19 crisis focus is increasingly turning to the global climate crisis. In addition the Ten Point Plan for Green Growth in the Midlands Engine sets out, with a unified voice, the Midlands Engine Partnership’s collective plan: actions to be taken in partnership which will accelerate both the Midlands and the UK’s path to net zero.

More information HERE