COP26 Special Issue: UN Climate Change Conference 2021

COP26 is the 2021 United Nations annual climate change conference. COP stands for Conference of the Parties. Parties are the signatories of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) - a treaty agreed in 1994 which has 197 Parties (196 countries and the EU). The 2021 conference, hosted by the UK, together with our partners Italy, in Glasgow, will be the 26th meeting of the Parties, which is why it's called COP26.

United Nations climate change conferences are among the largest international meetings in the world. The negotiations between governments are complex and involve officials from every country in the world as well as representatives from civil society and the global news media.

To build momentum for this pivotal event, we're sharing a curated list of impactful book chapters and journal articles that will drive research and deliver meaningful ways to take positive environmental action.


Heliyon, Volume 7, July 2021

Research evaluating mitigation techniques against climate change damage on coastal ecosystems.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 127, July 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had growing environmental consequences related to plastic use and follow-up waste, but more urgent health issues have far overshadowed the potential impacts. This paper gives a prospective outlook on how the disruption caused by COVID-19 can act as a catalyst for short-term and long-term changes in plastic waste management practices throughout the world.

Solar Energy, Volume 195, 1 January 2020

Global and regional trends indicate that energy demand will soon be covered by a widespread deployment of renewable energy sources. However, the weather and climate driven energy sources are characterized by a significant spatial and temporal variability. How can we use these sources together to mitigate this?

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 113, October 2019

Battery storage is key to the energy transition. But how long can a battery be relied upon? This paper presents data-driven health prediction methods of battery life.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 112, September 2019

This paper assesses Power-to-Gas projects producing hydrogen or renewable substitute natural gas focusing projects in central Europe. These technologies are a key part of the energy mix in a transitioning system.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 104, April 2019

Peer-to-peer (P2P) electricity markets conceptually allow the prosumers to directly share their electrical energy and investment. What is the outlook for these markets?

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 101, March 2019

This paper gives an overview of the potential upper extremities of theoretical limits of microbial fuel cells. New electrode materials coupled with a more thorough understanding of the mechanisms in which electrogenic bacteria partake in electron transfer could dramatically increase power outputs.

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Volume 100, February 2019

Renewable energy intergration in the energy transition will involve a great deal of decentralisation. Blockchain technologies could play a critical role in facilitating this. This paper assesses the future for these technologies.