Glasgow was chosen by the UK to host COP26 due to its experience, commitment to sustainability and world-class facilities.

The ‘Dear Green Place’ was the perfect place to host a sustainable and inclusive COP. It has set a target for carbon neutrality by 2030, aims to be one of the greenest cities in Europe through its Sustainable Glasgow campaign, and is 4th in the world in the Global Destination Sustainability Index.

Glasgow also has a proven track record of hosting events on the international stage, such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 Glasgow European Gymnastic Championships.

Surrounded by the river, the city and its parks, the location inspired attendees to tackle climate change and protect the planet for future generations.

Protecting the health of both the participants at COP26 and the local community of Glasgow was at foremost in our minds as the event was planned, with all available options explored to achieve this.

COP26 was the biggest single event the UK has ever hosted, bringing together 120 world leaders and 40,000 people from governments, civil society, business, and youth to tackle the urgent challenge of climate change.

We delivered this summit in the context of a global pandemic, where safeguarding the health of participants and the local community was of the utmost importance.

As with any international event, hosting COP26 will have also generated economic benefits, both in Glasgow and more widely across the UK. 

Prior to COP26, research was commissioned from PwC into the potential economic impacts of hosting COP26 on Glasgow and the UK. This analysis – available here – was completed by PwC in October 2021. It showed the economic benefits, as well as intangible effects on the UK’s image and reputation, were likely to be significant.