UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26)

The COP26 summit took place in November 2021. Our staff attended to observe negotiations, contribute to discussions, present at events and promote the University’s research expertise.

Explore our research and expert viewpoints which helped to inform negotations and will influence future policy.


Developing net zero solutions

To reach net zero we must act now. At the University of Liverpool, we are responding to this challenge.

Our research into the climate of the oceans directly contributed to the IPCC report. Our living lab is exploring the impact of future climates on adaptive repsonses of plants. We are working with organisations to re-imagine our towns and cities and we are developing new innovative materials to enable technologies that don't rely on fossil fuels.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/climate-futures Coast line being hit by large waves

Climate futures research

We are utilising our research strengths to explore the impacts of climate change, develop solutions to environmental challenges and address knowledge gaps.

https://news.liverpool.ac.uk/2021/11/08/university-launches-new-climate-related-programmes/ Idyllic, aerial view of rural countryside

New climate-related programmes

New BSc degrees in Climate Science and Environmental Geoscience and a new MSc in Sustainable Food Systems launching in September 2022.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kff8ABW2MjA Aerial view of construction of a building

Becoming a Net Zero business

Discover how our Zero Carbon Research Institute (ZCRI) has partnered with KFC to create a Zero Carbon Restaurant.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/research/research-themes/living-well/clean-air-africa/ Cooking outside on a wood fire

Tackling household air pollution

Building on 15 years of research, our academics are developing WHO guidelines and implementing effective behaviour change strategies to improve air quality in people's homes.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/research/research-themes/advanced-materials/saving-energy-with-paint/ Row of terraced houses

Saving thermal energy with a coat of paint

Thermo-regulating paint can absorb and release heat inside brick buildings to save energy and reduce CO2 emissions.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/feature/cop26/green-blue-spaces/ Sefton Park lake

Improving urban green and blue spaces

Researchers are transforming how communities, organisations and government work together to ensure urban green and blue spaces benefit our people and planet.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/feature/cop26/coastal-resilience/ Salt marsh, credit Nicoletta Leonardi

Engineering with nature

Researchers are combining artificial intelligence, remote sensing and computer models for the optimum design of coastal protection schemes.

https://www.liverpool.ac.uk/sustainability/ Man walking on campus past parked bicycles

Our ambitions at Liverpool

We are building a community of sustainability advocates and harnessing our strengths in research and education to address the UN Sustainable Development goals.