COP26: What does it mean for the Forest of Dean District?

Many people believe that COP26 was “the world’s best last chance to get runaway climate change under control”. The UK came together in Glasgow with other global leaders with increasingly ambitious 2030 emissions reduction targets, to work out how to better protect those countries already affected by climate change and deliver on a promise to raise at least $100bn to finance work required to secure net zero. COP26 also hoped to “accelerate collaboration between governments, businesses and civil society to deliver on our climate goals faster”.

What does this mean to us here in the Forest of Dean District? And what opportunities does COP26 give us to act on climate change locally?

Join Forest of Dean District Council as they explore the outcome of COP26 and the impact this will have on our local climate action. They will look at the trends that emerged from the conference, the impact they have on how we work together, and, crucially, what learnings from COP26 we can implement in our strategies now, to help us achieve our local carbon neutral ambition.


The University of Exeter's Green Futures Network will share an overview of the outcomes from COP26, and summarise the perspectives of the numerous academics attending in Glasgow. A key focus will be the opportunities we can implement now to accelerate our progress towards our local carbon neutral ambitions.

Our panel of expert speakers and presenters will then reflect on how the outcomes of COP26 impact us locally, and how they relate to what is already being done across the Forest of Dean District.

We will also aim to identify the questions we still need to address to help us work better together in the remaining eight years to 2030 and beyond.

Who should attend

Attendance at the event is free, and we welcome district, parish and town councillors and officers, public and private sector organisations of all sizes, and community organisations.

Where COP26 aims to unite the world in tackling climate change, we believe it is crucial that we work together locally to ensure we have the best chance of achieving carbon neutrality in our district.

Who is running this event?

This workshop is being run by the University of Exeter's Green Futures Network and the Forest of Dean District Council.

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