Local Zero at COP26

Fraser Stewart, School of Government and Public Policy, Strathclyde University

24 November 2021

COP26 was a busy time for the Local Zero team in Glasgow. Throughout the fortnight which saw the world’s most important climate conference come to Glasgow, Matt, Becky and Fraser worked hard to bring listeners coverage of everything from Becky’s bike ride, to Fraser’s speech in George Square alongside Greta Thunberg, to Matt’s time in the blue zone and interviews with many notable figures and friends of the show.

Of our COP26 coverage, perhaps the most exciting for the podcast team was the first ever Local Zero Live episode. Hosted in the Scottish Governments COP Ambition space in The Lighthouse in Glasgow, the team put on a panel of esteemed colleagues and guests to discuss the role of local in the wider just transition.

Guests included Minister for the Just Transition, Employment and Fair Work, Richard Lochhead; Professor Jim Skea from the Just Transition Commission; Miriam Brett, Research Director the Common Wealth think tank; Katy Gallogly-Swan of Boston University and the UN’s trade and development body; Allison Stuart, director of Aberdeen Climate Action; and Scott Mathieson, Director of Network Planning and Regulation at Scottish Power Energy Networks.

Also in the room was a crowd of almost 80 Local Zero listeners and friends. The session was hosted by the trusty Matt Hannon and supported by Fraser and producer Dave Howard, with exciting and interactive discussion covering everything from local action to energy ownership to the global implications of Scotland’s bigger just transition journey.

You can listen to the Local Zero Live episode below, or via your usual podcast platform using this link: https://www.spreaker.com/user/bespoken_uk/lz-live-1 and you can catch up will all our other COP episodes here.