Projects that are tackling the environmental crisis facing the planet are being showcased during the COP26 Regional Roadshows as part of COP Cymru.

The Wales initiative, which was launched today to run until November 26, begins a series of four virtual roadshows next week and will throw a spotlight on some of the good work being undertaken.

They include a north Wales-based scheme that aims to reduce annual carbon dioxide (CO₂) emissions by 10 million tonnes and an ‘ecotherapy’ programme in Powys that offers people physical and mental wellbeing benefits in the environment. Also included is a Swansea University scheme that helps children engage in sustainable scientific initiatives.

With COP26 just days away – where world leaders will meet in Glasgow to debate the climate emergency – COP Cymru will offer people across Wales the chance to join the conversation, as the Welsh Government, private and public sector organisations and community groups outline their ambitious plans to tackle climate change.

This programme of events over the next month was marked through the launch of Wales’ Net Zero plan this morning at the Solar Heat Energy Demonstrator building near Port Talbot. At the event, Welsh ministers set out to a virtual audience a five-year plan to shape future climate action as Wales aims to become net-zero by 2050.

From November 4 to 10, four COP26 Regional Roadshow events will be broadcast virtually, enabling the public to join discussions on energy transition, nature-based solutions, adaptation and resilience, and clean transport.

Schemes making the right impact

Swansea University Science for Schools scheme is one of the projects being highlighted by COP Cymru
Swansea University Science for Schools scheme is one of the projects being highlighted by COP Cymru

Some of the projects championed as part of the roadshows include:

The four roadshows will be broadcast live, and a recording will be made available via the on-demand section of the COP Cymru event platform shortly after each event.

Wales must adapt to the challenges facing the world

Minister for Climate Change Julie James said: "The climate is changing and so must Wales. COP Cymru is an opportunity for all of us to help shape Wales’ future. The progress made so far has been commendable, with emissions in Wales falling by just over 30 per cent over the last 30 years. Many of the projects being discussed during COP Cymru have been instrumental in helping drive this change.

“But if we are serious about becoming a net-zero nation by 2050, we need to do much more. We estimate that in order to reach the 2050 goal, we will need to cut emissions by more than 30 per cent yet again – but this time in only 10 years. Simply put, the next decade must be a decade of climate action.”

A conversation that has to take place

The COP Cymru programme will conclude with Wales Climate Week: a Wales-wide conversation on how to tackle the climate emergency, taking place online, from November 22 to 26.

The five-day programme of virtual events - each day focusing on a different theme – will explore Wales’ contribution to the global challenge of combating climate change and attempt to answer key questions, such as how nature can be used to manage climate risks and how everyone can make a contribution to achieving a net-zero Wales.

To find out more or sign up to the COP Cymru virtual regional roadshows or any of the Wales Climate Week events, visit the COP Cymru event platform.