COP26 Explained: We All Have A Part To Play To Tackle Climate Change

The UK is host to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of Parties (COP26) on 31st October – 12th November 2021 at the Scottish Event Campus in Glasgow. During this period, the UK together with our partner Italy hope to reach an agreement to avert the biggest crisis facing us all – climate change.  This year’s summit (delayed for a year due to the pandemic) is the moment when countries update their progress and plans to reduce emissions, ahead of the crucial decade anniversary in 2030.  That said, we are making progress with approximately 70% of the world’s economy committed to reaching net zero emissions.

Ambitions of COP26

  • Secure global net zero by 2050 (and keep 1.5 degrees within reach)
  • Protect communities and natural habitats
  • Mobilise finance
  • Working together

The UK – Leaders on Climate Change

The UK are leaders in tackling and adapting to climate change and were the first major economy to put into law that we will reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050.  Having demonstrated that climate action and economic growth can go together, the UK have decarbonised faster than any other country in the G20 since 2000.

What is the Paris Agreement?

The Paris Agreement was agreed at COP21 in 2015 and saw almost every country globally legally commit to cutting carbon emissions to limit global warming.  However, this agreement has left room for each individual country to decide their plan to achieve this.  The Paris Agreement also recognises that may people around the world are already experiencing the impacts of a changing climate and sets out ambitious goals on adaption and on finance.

The Construction Sector – Tackling Climate Change Together

The construction and building sector have a significant, central role in the very necessary shift towards a low-carbon economy.

Together we strive to achieve net-zero emissions by 2050 in line with the goal of the Paris Agreement to reduce global warming to an ideal 1.5 degrees Celsius.  We all have a part to play in reducing carbon emissions produced by the construction sector and therefore it is the responsibility of each company to actively and responsibly take action to manage climate change challenges today.

Panthera Group, a leader in Construction Site Services, is pleased to play a part in net zero emissions by 2050 and has recently taken their first step to a greener future with the introduction of the UK’s first Net Zero Carbon verified hoarding product, EnviroHoard™.

EnviroHoard™’s patent-pending design has gone through an extensive cradle to grave Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) which considers the consumption of energy and materials, plus the release of emissions throughout the supply chain.

Panthera Group was delighted to be recently announced as the winner of the ‘Tackling Climate Change’ award for EnviroHoard™ at the Construction News Specialist Awards in October.

Managing Director, Neal James, who pioneered the design of EnviroHoard™ understands that “Tackling Climate Change is at the top of our industry’s priority list and at the heart of the Government’s green agenda”.  Panthera is committed to and making progress to securing global net zero in construction by 2050.

Panthera’s sustainable efforts are recognised by industry leaders – EnviroHoard™ has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the upcoming SME Business Awards in the ‘Sustainability’ category and National Building & Construction Awards in the ‘Green Sustainability’ and ‘Innovation of the Year’ categories.

Panthera go one step further by embracing the climate positive benefits of planting Trees via Trees for Cities and are investing in global plantations ravaged by deforestation with environmental partner Circular Ecology.

Using EnviroHoard™ on your construction site enhances scores for Considerate Constructors, BREEAM and CEEQUAL whilst also working towards Construction 2025.