COP26 with Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres

The UN Climate Change Conference UK 2021, also known as COP26, arrives with much anticipation in Glasgow promoting with it a sense of urgency in the need to tackle climate change. Taking place 31st October to 12th November 2021, the event unites parties across the world to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Essential to this, is the UK’s commitment to inspire climate action and how the country is addressing this crucial challenge.

With Driving the Electric Revolution Industrialisation Centres (DER-IC) helping businesses in their journey in electrification, supporting the government’s ambitions for netzero, COP26 is a key date in the calendar and a fantastic opportunity for those involved to discover how we’re pioneering change and growth within the UK supply chain to safeguard the environment for future generations.


· Discover what’s happening at COP26 and how the event is working with businesses, groups, schools and people across the country as part of their conversation on tackling climate change. Visit the website here to find out how you can attend or get involved.

· Join in the conversation with #RacetoZero and #COP26 on social

· Register as a business to show your commitment to climate change by joining the Race to Zero – a global initiative to commit to achieve net zero emissions by 2050. Visit the website for more information.

· Sign up for DER-IC updates on the website at to keep updated on news and events on electrification, the power electronics, machines and drives industry and our centres.

· Download the free DER-IC £28.5m equipment guide to discover the full list of open-access state of the art equipment available across the UK at

· Visit and contact us to see how we can help support your growth plans for the electric revolution.



· Almost all of our DER-IC partners are part of the COP26 Universities Network.

· Members of the DER-IC team are attending various COP26 associated events in Glasgow to support the cause and share what DER-IC is doing to help the UK with the country’s net zero goals, including our Midlands BDM Hitendra Hirani and Professor Chris Gerada, Professor of Electrical Machines and Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor for Industrial Strategy, Business Engagement and Impact from Nottingham University.

· DER-IC will be exhibiting at NMIS’s Manufacturing a net-zero future COP26 event on 3rd November with our Scotland BDM Dan Cutting.

· Our partners at University of Strathclyde, University of Edinburgh, University of St Andrews all hold official Observer Status and will be sending delegations to observe proceedings.

· Our partners at WMG, University of Warwick are also sending their expert delegation to COP26. Read more about it here.

· WMG, University of Warwick are also showcasing their research at COP26. Read more about it here.

· Partners Jacqueline Redmond (PNDC) and Sarah Petrie (MSIP) are featured on a panel discussion at Scotland's Contribution to COP26: a joined-up Just Transition event. For more information on this sold out event, click here.


· Our project lead, Newcastle University is launching their new exhibition showcasing their pioneering climate-related projects. The exhibition ‘Climate-Emergency-Change’ will run until the end of November at the Hershel Building, Newcastle University campus, Monday to Friday, 9-5pm.

· DER-IC is funded and supported by the UKRI. UKRI has a virtual platform for COP26 that you can sign up and register for: UKRI at COP26

· The Scottish Zero Emission Train Project Showcase will be exhibited at Bo’ness and Kinneil Railway throughout COP26 by DER-IC – Scotland’s partner University of St Andrews

· MSIP Innovation Showcase will feature this 11-12 November. Find out more on their website.

· We’re also delighted to announce that our partners, the University of Strathclyde has been confirmed as host of Conference of Youth and will welcome the world’s largest youth gathering on climate change at its campus. Discover more here.

· We are attending a range of COP26 related events in the lead up and during the conference dates, in order to offer opportunities to businesses in the field of electrification and to see how we can help support their climate change ambitions.

News and Articles

· We’re joining in the conversation at #COP26, follow us on Twitter @DER_IC_UK or LinkedIn

· The DER-IC project is led by Newcastle University. Find out more about some of the many projects related to climate change going on in the University and the wider community on their dedicated webpage:

· As part of the UKRI Challenge team, Driving the Electric Revolution will be making their supply chains for net zero competition winners’ announcement: £22 million in funding.

· Our partners Birmingham University is leading research to help mitigate and adapt to the risks and impacts associated with climate change. Discover how University of Birmingham researchers are involved in COP-26, and our other work to address the reality of climate change through transforming health, environment and society.

· Our partners – Nottingham University have released a series of articles in association with COP26. Discover how they are securing net zero aviation, hear about innovating electric aircraft for greener global transport and the emissions mission.

· Our partners WMG, University of Warwick have shared their vision and involvement in COP26 with full detail of their involvement here.