In November 2021, Glasgow will be the host to the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26). The conference will bring governments and institutions together to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.  

SRUC is a leading force in research to help alleviate and adjust to the risks and impacts associated with climate change. On these pages you can learn about how our education, research and consultancy efforts all have sustainability and environmental stewardship at their core, and the importance of our work in realising the goals laid out by the Conference of the Parties.  

At SRUC, we are facing and tackling some of the biggest challenges that are highly relevant to COP26. This includes future land use, producing food ethically, decarbonisation of the natural economy, net zero or supporting thriving rural communities through regenerative agriculture and conservation. We recently did a podcast covering these subjects. Listen to episode 1 and episode 2, and have a look at our podcasts page for more.

But that’s not all – explore these pages to get an idea of the breadth and depth of our involvement in making our planet’s future one that we can all be proud of and enjoy.

A message from our Principal

Ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26), Principal and Chief Executive of SRUC Prof Wayne Powell talks about how SRUC is facing and tackling some of the biggest challenges that are relevant to COP26.

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COP26 projects

SRUC researchers and consultants are always working on a variety of projects to help preserve and protect our environment while still meeting the needs of modern (and future) society.

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FAS events for COP26

FAS events are a great way to pick up free advice and guidance, and also give you the opportunity to meet other people from across the agricultural community to share ideas and network.

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The importance of peatlands

Professor Davy McCracken of SRUC talks about the importance of peatlands and their role in combating climate change. Peatlands are unique - they have high organic matter which stores a lot of carbon, but they also hold an amazing array of biodiversity, and if managed properly can also mitigate flooding.

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SAC Consulting

Our consulting team is uniquely well placed to support the sustainable growth and prosperity of agriculture and land-based businesses; working across food supply chains as they rise to the challenge of climate change.

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