About COP26

On 1-12 November 2021 the UK will be hosting the 26th annual session of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention, more commonly known as COP26, in Glasgow. At the summit, delegates including heads of state, climate experts and negotiators will come together to agree coordinated actions to tackle climate change. As well as the negotiations, countries, international organisations and other delegates will have the chance to showcase climate action, highlight diverse climate change issues and share knowledge.

The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26. Find out more about COP26.

Offshore Renewable Energy and COP26

The UK is at the forefront of the development, adoption and export of offshore renewable energy technologies. Research and innovation in this sector is vital in helping to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, and mitigating the effects of climate change.

This is aligned with the UK Presidency theme for COP26 of Energy Transition, particularly highlighting that for new power generation, clean power is the most attractive option.

Credit: University of Plymouth

The Supergen Programme and COP26

The Supergen Hubs and Networks, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are working together for a future of sustainable power generation and supply. The Supergen programme commands a large share of the UKRI energy programme funding and is well-positioned to interact with stakeholders to provide comprehensive scientific information to support policymaking in the run-up to COP26.

Find out more about the Bioenergy Hub, SuperSolar Hub, Energy Networks Hub and the Energy Storage Network+.

Credit: Matthew Henry

Supergen ORE Hub COP26 activities

In the lead up to COP26, the Supergen ORE Hub will be hosting and participating in a range of engagement and communication activities on the role of offshore renewable energy in achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions.

ORE at the University of Plymouth Research Festival

Day-time and evening virtual events, 1 July 2021

The Festival theme this year is 'Creating an impact from local to global', and the Supergen ORE Hub will be hosting: A daytime workshop to help build collaborations between researchers and industry, and an evening public talk from Professor Deborah Greaves OBE. More details will be available soon on the event webpage.

Health and Safety Research in Offshore Renewables Workshop

14:00 - 17:00, 11 May 2021

This workshop aims to identify the challenges and gaps in Health and Safety research, with the outputs of the workshop forming the basis of developing a roadmap for research challenges in ORE Health and Safety. Register your interest in attending this workshop (deadline: 11 April 2021)

Foundations for Ireland UK Floating Wind

All-day virtual event, 12 March 2021

Bringing together some of the key players from academia and industry, this event was an open discussion that addressed how Ireland and the UK prepare in anticipation of this booming industry. Read more.

International Women's Day

Social media campaign, 8 March 2021

67% of climate decision-making roles are occupied by men. To effectively address climate change, women must have an equal role in shaping our collective response. We took to social media to celebrate achievements and research of women aligned with the Hub to celebrate International Women's Day. Read the Supergen ORE Hub submissions.

Launch of offshore renewable energy mobile game competition

To build on the engagement work of the Hub in outreach activities that inform the public and school children on the state and progress of ORE, we have launched a mobile game development competition for university students. Find out more about the competition.

Supergen ORE Hub Annual Assembly

Virtual conference, 18 - 22 January 2021

Our third assembly took place from 18 - 22 January 2021, discussing the challenges and opportunities of offshore renewable energy. All the resources from the Assembly including presentations, sessions recordings, pre-recorded video and Early Career Researcher posters are available on the Annual Assembly webpages.


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