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.

Public fishbowl conversation: What might energy systems look like in a net zero world?

Ramshorn Theatre, Glasgow, 4 November, 1-2.30pm

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.

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

The conversation will be structured around the themes below, and Supergen academics will be on-hand to welcome and brief participants beforehand.

Chapter 1: How do we generate our energy in a net zero world?
Chapter 2: How do we deliver that net zero energy to the public?
Chapter 3: How do we utilise that net zero energy?
Chapter 4: What steps should the UK be taking to make our energy system net zero by 2050?

The event will also be live-streamed for those unable to attend in-person.

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

Build your own biorefinery game

Exhibition stand in COP26 Green Zone
First floor, Glasgow Science Centre 4 November, 10am-5pm

Also 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 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. Participants will be invited to design a system that achieves specific objectives, such as minimising costs, reducing greenhouse gases or maximising biodiversity benefits, with the aim of getting people thinking about whole-system sustainability implications and the trade-offs that this entails.

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.