Translink secures prestigious place at Global UN COP26 Climate Summit in Glasgow
Translink has been invited to be one the organisations to present in the Green Zone at the United Nations COP26 Global Climate Conference in Glasgow in November.
Anticipating an attendance of over 30,000 participants, bringing together world leaders to commit to urgent global climate action, Translink will join a selected group of businesses, academia, youth and civil society groups, schools and people from across the UK and the rest of the world to showcase their actions and contribute to the conversations on tackling climate change.
The Translink event entitled ‘Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in NI’, held in the Science Show Theatre on Wednesday 3rd November.
Infrastructure Minister, Nichola Mallon has welcomed this opportunity which to put the creative and ground-breaking work being implemented here in Northern Ireland on a world stage. Translink will be the key-note speaker and will be joined by a panel of experts supporting the decarbonisation of the transport industry for a cleaner, greener and healthier region.
Minister Mallon said “The north will have a strong presence at this important global summit. The climate crisis is one of the gravest challenges facing civilization. Our people, our environment, our planet deserve and need radical action now to tackle this very real crisis. This is an opportunity for Translink to showcase our innovative and transformative work in the transport sector. I look forward to attending the COP26 Summit myself to further highlight what we are doing here and to learn from the global community on what other steps we urgently need to take.”
Chris Conway, Translink Group Chief Executive said,
“We are delighted to be one of the nominated businesses to attend this prestigious event. We are leading the transport transformation in Northern Ireland to decarbonise public transport as part of our wider Climate Positive Strategy. We have set ambitious targets to have net zero emissions across our buses, trains and buildings by 2040 ahead of government targets and then becoming Climate Positive by 2050.
“We have already introduced the first hydrogen buses on the island of Ireland and with a further 100 zero emission electric and hydrogen buses on order due to start arriving soon, Translink is expected to have the 4th largest zero emission bus fleet across all UK regions in 2022.
“As well as showing environmental leadership, our Climate Positive strategy recognises the need for collective positive change in the behaviours of everyone. COP26 presents a unique opportunity to come together with other environmental leaders to showcase and inspire others. While presenting our plans for net zero, we will also be taking the opportunity to place the spotlight on incentivising more use of public transport as an easy and more sustainable way to take individual climate action while also demonstrating wider environmental benefits around freeing up space in our cities and urban areas for people and active travel, creating cleaner air to breathe for a healthier place to live, work and visit.
“Climate change is everyone’s business, and everyone has a part to play. We want to work with all stakeholders to accelerate action and build back better for a more sustainable future, that unlocks inclusive, greener growth for the generations to come”, Chris concluded.
Tickets are free but must be booked in advance to book and get for more information visit Green Zone Programme of Events – UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) at the SEC – Glasgow 2021 (ukcop26.org)
If you are unable to attend in person you can join virtually by subscribing to the COP26 YouTube channel.
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