COP26 being held in Glasgow presents a unique opportunity for Edinburgh to harness the momentum and shine a light on projects in the city.

COP26 being held in Glasgow presents a unique opportunity for Edinburgh, as Scotland’s capital, to harness the momentum from the conference and shine a light on bold and innovative projects being undertaken in the city to support our ambitious target of net-zero carbon by 2030.

The COP26 Edinburgh Summit will bring leaders, influencers and entrepreneurs together to connect and be inspired to take climate action. We’ll hear from a range of local and international speakers who will share their insights and stories on their transition to net-zero.

At this two-day event, we’ll also host a series of panel discussions to explore the challenges and opportunities around meeting our net-zero target of 2030 and to debate the policy environment needed to achieve a just transition to a greener, fairer economy.

The event is open to all, and we expect a range of delegates to attend – from corporate directors to entrepreneurs, public sector representatives to third sector leaders and young people. We will come together with the shared ambition of working towards a net-zero economy for the city.

DAY 1 – Wednesday 3rd November

Registration opens from 08:30am and day runs until 5pm.

Keynote Session: Catherine Dolton, Vice President, Global Corporate Responsibility, IHG

Panel Discussion: Green Finance

James Alexander, Chief Executive, UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association

Adam Purvis, Scotland Lead, Dark Matter Labs

Partner at PWC

Sindhu Krishna, Head of Sustainable Investments team, Phoenix Group


Panel Discussion: Green Tourism

Amine Zungi, General Manager, Novotel Edinburgh City Centre

Leon Thompson, Executive Director UK Hospitality ScotlandSimon Gage, Director and CEO, Edinburgh Science Festival

Marshall Dallas, CEO, Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Bryan Robertson, Chief Operating Officer National Galleries of Scotland

DAY 2 – Thursday 4th November

Registration opens from 08:30am and day runs until 5pm.

Keynote Session: Robin Wood, CEO Wood Group plc

Panel Discussion: Green Built Environment

Andy Outram, Chair, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Lead Director – Real Estate Scotland, Turner Townsend

Callum Murray, CCG Director (Granton Waterfront project)

Joanne McClelland, Sustainability Director and Architect, GLM


Panel Discussion: Green Food & Drink

John Davidson, Strategy and External Relations Director, Scotland Food and Drink

Fiona Houston, Co-Founders, Mara Seeweed

Professor Nik Willoughby, Heriot-Watt University


Workshop: Supporting Businesses to Achieve Net-Zero, hosted by Jacobs