Fri 29 Oct 2021


Those of us of a certain vintage may remember fondly the boost given to Glasgow on becoming Europe's City of Culture for 1990. More recently, the 2014 Commonwealth Games delivered a memorable summer for the city.

However, few of us can remember anything which has caused the eyes of the world to be upon the city in the way that COP26 has done. 

This, rightly, reflects the universal and critical importance of the issues which the 26th UN-sponsored Conference of the Parties will be grappling with over the next fortnight.  The legacy of COP 26 will be dependent upon the commitments which the nations are willing to sign-up to and there is already feverish speculation as to whether real and lasting changes can be secured.

Whatever formal declarations might be made, however, COP26 should act as a catalyst for all of us to reflect on how the climate challenge can be brought to life across the whole economy as well as in our individual lives.

Over the next couple of weeks, our experts will be sharing their views on what this means in a range of different sectors and contexts - from the benefits of sustainable finance through to the role of the new National Planning Framework in supporting environmentally-friendly development. Please do take a look and let us know what you think - we all need to be part of the debate !

In the years ahead, just about every aspect of how we live, work and do business will need to be viewed through the prism of the climate challenge which we face.  Let's hope that we can look back with pride on the fact that the name "Glasgow" became synonymous with the world coming together to successfully meet a global challenge.


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