2021: COP26 and Supergen Bioenergy Hub

COP26 (26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties) will bring people from all over the world together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. It takes place in Glasgow from 31 October to 12 November 2021, and the Supergen Bioenergy Hub is getting involved in various ways.

Events in Glasgow

Exhibition stand in the Green Zone at COP26, 4 November

Build your own biorefinery – an interactive game

During ‘Energy Day’ at COP26, the Supergen Bioenergy Hub will be hosting a ‘Build your own biorefinery’ game on the COP26 Universities Network exhibition stand within the Green Zone. Members of the public will be invited to use building blocks to create their own biorefinery (where multiple products are created from one feedstock to extract maximum value), demonstrating the many routes to producing bioenergy and bioproducts and the co-benefits that can be achieved through different choices.

The building blocks will cover the following elements with a key to understanding how they can work together:

  • Feedstocks – energy crops, waste, residues
  • Conversion processes – thermochemical (pyrolysis, gasification, photocatalysis) and biological (anaerobic digestion, fermentation) + carbon capture and storage
  • Outputs – bio-based products (food or feed ingredients, chemicals and materials) and bioenergy (biofuels, power and heat)
  • Co-benefits from using biomass – growing crops (carbon sequestration, biodiversity, marginal land use, flood defences), waste (moving away from combustion and decay)
  • Sustainability – economic, social and environmental considerations

Participants will be invited to design a system that achieves specific objectives, eg to maximise carbon savings, reduce greenhouse gases or maximise biodiversity benefits, with the aim of getting people thinking about whole-system sustainability implications and the trade-offs that this entails.

Public engagement event at the Ramshorn Theatre, 4 November

What might energy systems look like in a net zero world?

On 4 November during ‘Energy Day’ at COP26, the six UK Research and Innovation Supergen Hubs are hosting a ‘fishbowl’ conversation with the public, to develop and interrogate visions for a net zero energy future focused on Supergen research in:

  • Solar
  • Bioenergy
  • Offshore Renewables
  • Energy Networks
  • Hydrogen and Fuel Cells
  • Energy Storage

The fishbowl will be participant-driven, enabling multiple perspectives to be aired and offering opportunity for a variety of participants to engage, and will take place in the Ramshorn Theatre. The event will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person.

Register for the live stream: https://bit.ly/3a4AwMj

Apply to participate in-person on 4 November in Glasgow: https://bit.ly/3ayN0My

Sharing resources and information

Throughout COP, we’ll be sharing a whole host of content, including blogs, infographics, research papers and videos, showcasing our work and vision for a low-carbon, sustainable future. If you have any content you would like to share, please get in touch at supergen-bioenergy@aston.ac.uk.

Please tag us on social media (SupergenBioHub / Supergen Bioenergy Hub) and share what you’re doing using the hashtags #COP26Supergen and #COP26Bioenergy.

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