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About COP26

Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow on 31 October – 12 November 2021.

COP26 will be biggest summit the UK has ever hosted, with around 30,000 attendees expected if it goes ahead as a fully physical event. Many people see it as the most significant climate event since the 2015 Paris Agreement – when all the signatories to the UNFCC agreed to keep temperatures well below 2 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

COP26 was rescheduled by a year to November 2021 to allow time to deliver a successful summit while the world tackles the pandemic. The intent remains to hold the summit in person, whilst putting the health and wellbeing of local communities and delegations at the centre of decisions about how the event will take shape.

Business guidance 

A guide to help businesses in the city prepare for COP26 has been launched and is available on the Get Ready Glasgow website. It covers areas including safety and security, traffic and transport and ways businesses can play their part. Access it here.


Transport Scotland have published a Transport Plan Overview for the event. Read about local transport measures and what they will mean for the public, businesses and visitors.

51 days to go until COP26 arrives in Glasgow (

Get Ready Glasgow

Who is attending

COP26 will involve upwards of 30,000 people in the city, representing over 200 countries, businesses, NGOs, faith groups and many more.

Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, Secretary of State of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy will be COP26 President and will preside over the COP26 negotiations.

Other notable figures include Pope Francis, American President Joe Biden and Sir David Attenborough.

What’s the impact on businesses

The City of Glasgow is likely to have its own exhibitions and events and the Scottish Government will have its own venue outside the official COP26 arena. Many businesses, academics, and NGOs will use the city for side meetings, conferences and events.

Glasgow’s focus for COP26 is on supporting and delivering a safe and successful event by keeping the city moving, supporting the appropriate public health measures and delivering a legacy for the city.

“Police Scotland is pleased to support the Scottish Business Resilience Centre in providing important information to allow businesses to prepare and plan for COP26.

“We are working with partners to deliver a safe and secure event while also ensuring that the communities of Scotland continue to receive the same high standard of service from policing that they have come to expect.

“Climate Change is a topic which is receiving significant media attention and ever-increasing numbers of protests around the world.  We will provide a proportionate policing response to any protests, balancing the needs and rights of those wishing to demonstrate or protest, against the needs of the wider community.

“Specialist resources, made up of Police Scotland officers and officers from other UK police forces, will be in place for the duration of the event to ensure the safety of everyone involved, including world leaders and heads of state, delegates, and the wider public within Scotland.

“Police Scotland officers and staff will continue to work in association with UK Government and other partners to support the delivery of external communication and engagement to ensure people and businesses are able to plan ahead for any potential disruption.”

Assistant Chief Constable Bernard Higgins, Police Scotland’s Gold Commander for COP26.

Business Resilience

Cyber essentials

Incident Response

In partnership with Scottish Government and Police Scotland, SBRC has launched the UK’s first cyber incident response helpline for the SME community and the third sector to help victims of cybercrime understand what support is immediately available to them and help them recover.

The number to call is:

01786 437 472

Protest activity

People have the right to protest, but unfortunately we occasionally see the disruption, damage and distress that this can cause to the business community. You may even have some experience of this first hand.
We offer input that is aimed at making you aware of the current trends and methodology of some of the higher profile protest groups, how you as a business can engage with protestors to facilitate the lawful protest and what you can expect from the policing response to protestor activity
Our team will take you through some of the aims of protest groups and their likely targets and activities and help you mitigate against potential disruption to your business.
Cyber services

Counter Terrorism

Aimed at all levels of your business, from frontline staff to senior management, our skilled team will deliver nationally regulated and accredited Counter Terror advice and guidance. In partnership with the National Counter Terrorism Security Office and Police Scotland, SBRC deliver ACT Awareness sessions for business.
ACT Awareness aims to raise awareness of current terrorism issues, give people confidence to report suspicious activity to the police, to share and gather information, build and maintain effective working relationships, to seek ways to combat terrorism and crime and to maintain public trust and confidence in the police and other authorities
Exercise in a box

Exercise in a Box

A free, 90 minute non technical workshop which helps organisations find out how resilient they are to cyber attacks and practise their response in a safe environment.

On completion you will leave comforted knowing you have done everything you can to protect your organisation, or with a to-do list to strengthen your organisation

Business resources

We have a comprehensive suite of cyber security tips, advice and best practice available to download from our resource library.

Resources include information on:

  • Ransomware
  • Reputation management
  • Serious organised crime and the threat to your business

Traffic and Travel

The event comes as details of the impact of the conference on this city’s road network around the main venue, the SEC, and river restrictions are announced. These measures are needed to facilitate the safe delivery of the event and maintain the safety and security of participants, citizens and visitors:

  • Closure of the Clydeside Expressway from Partick Interchange to North Street
  • Closure of Finnieston Street from Lancefield Quay to West Greenhill Place. With local access maintained
  • Closure of Lancefield Quay from Elliot Street to Finnieston Street – except for service buses
  • Closure of the Clyde Arc – except for service buses
  • Closure of Stobcross Road from Partick Interchange to Finnieston Street
  • Minerva Street – Local Access Only between Minerva Way and West Greenhill Place
  • West Greenhill Place – Local Access Only
Area near SEC in Glasgow

Exact dates on the period of road closures and when they will come into effect are still to be confirmed, but will be widely communicated in the coming months.

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