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BCC at COP26

The Net Zero Agenda and what it means for business

COP26 is a globally significant event and the UK’s presidency has shone a light on our own net zero agenda, bringing conversations about businesses and climate action to the forefront of public discourse. The goal of the conference is to bring the global community together and accelerate action on climate change across the international community.

Alongside the main summit, British Chambers of Commerce hosted a significant presence in Glasgow, acting as a hub for our network of Chambers across the world.

This was a unique opportunity for the Chambers Network to come together to discuss the challenges of the future. ‘Chambers unite for a greener future’, our global campaign which we launched earlier this year, has united our 127 Chambers and has as its centrepiece this hugely significant event.

From Monday 1 – Thursday 4 November, BCC, in collaboration with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and the international British Chambers Network, presented a full agenda of business-focussed policy debate, thought leadership and exceptional networking opportunities, while giving our members the chance to showcase the best of their climate leadership. We explored the key challenges of the coming decades, including:

  • Green Trade and sustainable finance;
  • The opportunities for collaboration the green agenda brings about; and
  • Innovation, implementation, and the business landscape of the future.

Our packed agenda included:

TRADE DELEGATIONS: we hosted members from across the Network, led by our colleagues in the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, for a programme of seminars, networking opportunities, and showcasing the best of our network.

POLICY ROUNDTABLES: joined by renowned leaders and experts from across business, politics, civil society and academia, we explored the challenges and opportunities of the future.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS: we heard from senior members of the UK and Scottish governments, outlining their vision for the green agenda in the years to come.

THOUGHT LEADERSHIP: we heard from senior thought leaders on their approach to climate leadership, in conversation with senior BCC figures. We also offered a drop-in business hub, for meetings and networking.

If you would like to hear more about the Climate Chamber Trade Mission Programme that took place on 2 and 3 November, please contact Richard Muir.

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When?

Monday 1st November, 2021 - Thursday 4th November, 2021

City of Glasgow College

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Programme

10:50 - 12:20
Women leading the way in green trade
Networking and roundtable event
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13:00 - 13:45
Lunch and Networking
Make connections and grow your network
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13:45 - 13:55
Welcome from Shevaun Haviland
Director General, British Chambers of Commerce
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13:55 – 14:10
Introducing Trade and Finance day
Keynote speech
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14:10 – 14:50
Green Trade and the Free Trade Agenda
Roundtable
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14:50 - 15:00
Networking session
Make connections and grow your network
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15:00 – 15:40
The Innovators: SMEs, Corporates and Net Zero
Roundtable
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15:40 - 16:00
Networking session
Make connections and grow your network
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16:00 – 16:40
Sustainable finance for a sustainable economy
Roundtable
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All day
Climate Chamber Trade Mission
In association with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
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All day
Climate Chamber Trade Mission
In association with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
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15:45 - 16:30
In conversation with Charlie Nunn, Chief Executive, Lloyds Banking Group
BCC programme
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09:00 – 09:30
Introducing Innovation and Adaptation Day
Keynote speech
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10:00 – 11:00
The Green Energy Transition
Roundtable
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11:30 – 12:30
Adaptation for cities, regions and built environment
Roundtable
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12:30 - 14:00
In conversation with Amber Rudd: Lunch and Networking Session
Former UK Business Secretary Amber Rudd
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14:00 – 15:00
Collaboration for net zero: a vision for working together towards net zero goals across society
Keynotes
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15:00 – 15:30
Networking session
Make connections and grow your network
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