IT has been all but forgotten about during the coronavirus pandemic but the world’s biggest environmental conference, COP26, is still on course for Glasgow in November next year.

Proof that preparations are still under way for the Glasgow Climate Change Conference has come with the announcement that a giant firm with strong links to the city has been appointed as sustainability consultants to the event.

Arup and their partners Crowberry Consulting were selected by the Westminster Government, which is hosting the event, to advise on all aspects of sustainability. This will include developing a Carbon Management Plan for the event and working with key suppliers to build a sustainable supply chain.

Founded by Ove Arup in 1946, Arup has had a base in Glasgow for over 50 years and has grown its office over the past four years from 90 staff to over 140 engineers and consulting specialists.

Arup has helped deliver some of Glasgow’s most notable projects, such as The SSE Hydro and the redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station. It has also been working with Zero Waste Scotland to support Scottish local authorities as they develop net-zero carbon plans.

In what is certain to be a heavily scrutinised part of the overall project given the nature of the event, Arup will assess the COP 26 event’s energy consumption, travel emissions, catering, waste and transportation to help achieve the ISO 20121 certification – the international standard for sustainable events management – and deliver a carbon-neutral conference with sustainability at its core.

Jonathan Ben-Ami, sustainability director for Arup, said: “We are really looking forward to working closely with the FCO and Cabinet Office to help them achieve their aim of making COP26 in Glasgow a sustainable and carbon-neutral event. We will bring our global knowledge and expertise on sustainable event management to COP26 with the aim of also leaving a positive long-term legacy for the UK and Glasgow. ”