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What we learned as partners of COP26

SSE Energy Solutions reflect on their involvement in UN climate summit and share insight into what the road ahead might look like post-COP26.

                                         

COP26 brought politicians, business leaders and activists together to discuss the global climate crisis and agree on a shared plan of action. As a principle partner, we supplied the power for the COP26 venues with 100% renewable energy generated at SSE’s Griffin Wind Farm in Perthshire. But our involved in COP26 didn’t stop there. We were proud to attend many of the conference’s talks and summits to learn more about sustainability and share our knowledge as leading renewable energy experts.

One of the most positive things to see at COP26 was the way businesses were engaging with the climate debates, particularly in light of Chancellor Rishi Sunak’s announcement that all financial institutions and listed companies will have to publish plans on how they will transition to net zero.

SSE Energy Solutions had a stand at the COP26 delegate zone, and the response to our renewable products and services was so encouraging. Whether it was our 100% renewable, traceable energy or our electric vehicle (EV) charging facilities, businesses and organisations were eager to learn about how these approaches could transform the way they work and improve their net zero credentials.

And it wasn’t just businesses who understood the feeling of urgency around the climate crisis. We expect eco-conscious consumers will want even more sustainable commitments from the businesses they buy from. Whether it’s recyclable packaging or sustainable manufacturing, consumers will expect businesses to demonstrate how environmentally friendly they are.

The need for urgency is why SSE became a principal partner of COP26. And while good progress was made at the conference, it’s clear there are still enormous challenges ahead. We are more committed than ever before and have ambitious plans for the decade ahead. Just days after COP finished, we announced a 65% increase to our existing commitment to invest in renewables, promising £12.5 billion to low-carbon infrastructure over the next five years in the UK and Ireland.

Our vision is clear – SSE wants to be a leading energy company in a net zero world. We are very much part of the solution.

For more insider information about COP26, head over to the SSE Energy Solution blog. Nikki Flanders, Managing Direct of Energy Customer Solutions, was in Glasgow throughout the summit and shares her key takeaway moments.

Read the blog here.

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