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UK COP26 presidency to unveil visions of a global net zero future

  • UK Government announces new global project, bringing together academics and local citizens from across the world to envision a net zero future
  • Facilitated by a consortium including the University of Cambridge, Deloitte and AECOM, the group will develop and showcase evidence-based visions representing six diverse regions of the world
  • As holders of this year’s G7 and COP26 Presidency, today’s launch builds on the Government’s promise to lead both the UK and the nations of the world in eliminating their contribution to climate change and building back greener

A ground-breaking new international collaboration between academics, business, civil society and citizens has been unveiled by the UK COP26 Presidency, aimed at helping all nations of the world envision what a climate-resilient, net zero future would look like for them.

The ‘Visions for a Net Zero Future’ will bring together academics, business, civil society and citizens to look at the innovations and approaches that could deliver a greener, carbon-neutral society. The project will develop six visions, each focusing on a different region around the world – the UK, Jamaica, Brazil, Kenya, United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and India.

The project will look at issues like electricity generation, agriculture, waste and water management, building design, reforestation and ocean conservation.

It will also demonstrate the advantages of making the transition to net zero, including for health, economic growth, and security, and to create benefits including cleaner air, cheaper energy sources, green jobs, protected biodiversity, and safer communities.

The UK was the first major economy to enshrine a net zero target in law, legislating to end its contribution to climate change by 2050. Ambitious policy action has seen the UK achieve record clean growth in the last three decades with its economy growing by 78% and emissions decreasing by 44% – a faster reduction than any other G7 nation.

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