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A message from our Chief Executive on the postponement of COP26

3rd April 2020

On the news that the COP26 climate change conference had been postponed, Glasgow Chamber chief executive Stuart Patrick comments:

“It had been a tight timescale to organise an event of this scale in less than a year and given that our attention is now fully on dealing with the current crisis and the economic recovery than required, there is an element of relief in some respects that it has been postponed into 2021.

“There is also an element of disappointment as this global event could have been a springboard for Glasgow into recovery after COVID-19, but the original November date was probably a bit tight for us to handle.

“COP26 was expected to have made a £70-75m economic impact on the city and the surrounds, and it was also likely to have been a catalyst for investment in climate change response not just by Government but also by businesses.

“For example, ScottishPower had made a public announcement about the amount of investment it was prepared to make in the systems we would need for an effective climate response in the city.

“COP26 could have been a springboard for recovery and the good news is that it still will be next year when it is eventually held on a date to be decided.”

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