Many sustainability-focused events are running in Edinburgh in the lead up to and during COP26. These events aim to showcase Edinburgh’s green innovation, support businesses on their transition to net-zero and highlight the city’s ambitious climate targets.

Below, you can find a list of events the Edinburgh Chamber is hosting, which are open to all, and a list of events that are being hosted by businesses and stakeholders in the city.

Green Tourism: Supporting Edinburgh’s Journey to Net-Zero

Thursday 30th September, 9:30-11:00am

This panel event, hosted in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, forms part of our COP26 events programme for the city. During the event, we’ll discuss the ways businesses in the tourism sector can support the City of Edinburgh Council’s target of becoming a net-zero city by 2030 and explore best practice, industry innovation, as well as the challenges that may lie ahead.

Green Construction and the Built Environment: Developing a Net Zero City

Thursday 14th October, 9:30-11:00am

Edinburgh has long been renowned as one of the finest cities in the world when it comes to its built environment and as a centre of excellence for financial services. Launching a new City Plan this year, Edinburgh is continuing its significant programme of city growth and regeneration with ambitions focussed on becoming net carbon zero by 2030 and eradicating poverty.

Green Food and Drink: Sustainable Production and Procurement

Thursday 28th October, 9:30-11:00am

Sustainable production and procurement will ensure a long and prosperous future for Edinburgh and Scotland’s food and drink industry, and the environment it depends on. It helps to preserve and protect the environment for future generations.

Stakeholder events in the city

Scotland’s Climate Week

13th – 19th September 2021

Scotland’s Climate Week is an annual event, which started in 2016, to help raise awareness of the global climate emergency and celebrate Scotland’s leadership in taking action against climate change.

Reset the Future Breakfast Meeting Series – Edinburgh Napier University

Tuesday 17th, 24th, 31st August and 7th September

Join Edinburgh Napier University and special guest experts at in-person breakfast meetings to explore new post-pandemic challenges.

COP26: A Catalyst for Changein association with CMS

Thursday 16th September

This virtual event will discuss how Scotland can seize the opportunities of COP26 as a springboard for change and ensure it has a meaningful and enduring legacy. The event will highlight some of the incredible work already happening across Scotland and address how we can continue, and build upon, this in the years to come.

Climate Fringe Week

18th – 26th September

During Climate Fringe Week organisers want to celebrate and support all the ways you can engage in climate activism; be that as part of an organisation, with your friends, family or wider community.

With COP26 coming to Glasgow, this is a key time to bring about climate action and the Scottish voice should be louder than ever.

Net Zero Festival by Business Green

29th September – 1st October

The Net Zero Festival will bring together some of the world’s foremost thinkers on what it takes to accelerate and expand the net zero transition and we’d urge business executives, investors, entrepreneurs, policymakers, and campaigners to join us in exploring how to navigate what is the defining economic, political, and technological trend of the age.

Business in the Community Scotland Webinar  – Towards a net zero supply chain emissions

Wednesday 29th September; 2:00pm – 3:00pm

The session will draw upon key insights and case studies from Business in the Community’s (BITC) Addressing Emissions in Your Supply Chain guide. This will equip procurement teams to create high quality supply chain emissions reduction programmes. Following existing theory, such as Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi)  Scope 3 Emissions Best Practice, the guide drills down into examples of action for tips to accelerate progress.

Edinburgh University – How Can FinTech Support the Transition to Net Zero?

Wednesday 6th October; 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Climate FinTech is a relatively new term used to describe that part of FinTech which is targeted at creating products and services that help tackle climate change, in particular through addressing the regulatory needs of carbon reporting.

Mobilising climate finance: products and trends to support net zero transition

Tuesday 21st September; 8:30am – 9:30am

In this next instalment of our ‘path to net zero’ series, a panel of Pinsent Masons experts from the UK and Ireland will explore the critical role of finance in climate change mitigation and adaptation, delve into some of the initiatives, financial products and markets available to help industries and businesses in the transition to net zero and look at some potential risks and challenges in the development of climate related financial products.

How to calculate your business’s carbon footprint

Tuesday 28th September, 12:00 – 12:45pm

Have you ever done an online quiz to calculate your own carbon footprint?

The ones where you realise that if you walked to the shop instead of driving then you could feel less guilty about your own contribution to the climate emergency. They’re interesting to do and can highlight areas where you could be a little kinder to the planet.

How to motivate your workplace to save energy

Wednesday 20th October, 12:00 – 12:45pm

You can do a lot to reduce your organisation’s energy costs by changing equipment and processes. However, to bring about and maximise improvements for lasting benefit, it’s vital to get your colleagues on board with your energy efficiency initiatives.

Asking staff to adopt and maintain new behaviours isn’t always easy though.

Train to become a CPD-certified Green Champion

Thursday 11th November, 10:00am – 12:45pm

Rising energy costs, the climate emergency and increasing consumer pressure continue to challenge the way that businesses across Scotland manage their environmental performance. 

Our online Green Champions training course is already helping organisations across Scotland prepare for this challenge by providing knowledge, tried-and-tested techniques, best practice examples, and free tools and templates.