COP26 coming together to tackle climate change
Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation

Coming together to tackle climate change

Find out about our involvement with the COP26 conference and why it's important in the UK's journey to net zero.

What is COP26?

COP26 is the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties due to be held in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. 

The summit will bring parties together for talks to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. 

In this critical time for climate action, it provides a vital platform for governments, individuals and businesses to come together and to work towards building a better future.

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We're on a journey to zero carbon

Ahead of COP26, National Grid ESO’s new report shares how Great Britain’s electricity system has changed since 1990.

Read about the report

Why is COP26 important?

Tackling climate change is the biggest challenge facing our generation and the transition to clean energy is critical in helping achieve our net zero goals

Many people see COP as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement – when all the signatories to the UNFCC agreed to keep temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

COP26 is critical because it’s the first moment when countries must set out more ambitious goals for ending their contribution to climate change under the Paris Agreement.

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Zero carbon in numbers

How has Britain's electricity become greener over the past few decades? Discover the facts and figures behind the country's journey to zero carbon.

Explore the numbers

Discover how we're working towards zero carbon


Enabling a zero carbon electricity grid in Great Britain

As National Grid ESO celebrates one year as a legally separate business, our director Fintan Slye explains the changes we are making to enable a zero carbon electricity grid.


Sky's the limit for our zero carbon ambition

ESO Director, Fintan Slye, on a timely new series from Sky News featuring real-time electricity generation data from the ESO

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Taking global action to drive greener power systems around the world

Our executive director Fintan Slye introduces the Global Power System Transformation (G-PST) consortium.


ESO data gets the Green Light

Data from our Carbon Intensity website is being used to turn light bulbs green when electricity is supplied by low carbon sources.

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