COP26 is the UN’s climate change conference, and this year it is being held in Glasgow, Scotland from 31st October – 12th November.

COP stands for ‘Conference of Parties’ and this year’s event is the 26th gathering of the 197 member nations of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The summit brings together these member nations to discuss the broad goals of the UNFCCC including securing global net-zero, keeping global warming to a 1.5 degrees level, and protecting natural habitats and communities against the effects of climate change.

Timber and forestry have a role to play as part of the solution to fighting climate change. Trees are a natural carbon capture and storage facility, sequestering harmful CO2 from the atmosphere and storing it as carbon in its wood. Sustainable forestry practices and the wood products produced contribute to a growing carbon store in increased tree planting, whilst displacing emissions from other CO2-intensive materials by replacing them with wood products, and storing carbon captured by trees in wood products for their lifetime. You can learn more about the role of wood in reducing carbon emissions on our Wood CO2ts less page.

So – where are timber and forestry being represented at COP26?

The below map shows the different activities related to wood taking place in and around Glasgow during COP26. There are also a number of existing timber buildings and other buildings of interest listed on the map that may be interesting for those attending in person.  

Click the button on the top left-hand corner of the map for a full list!


In addition to physical exhibitions or structures, there are a number of virtual exhibitions and events taking place around COP26. We have listed some of these, along with the main ‘hubs’ of activity below.

Remember you can follow the action at COP26 through Wood for Good’s social media channels as well, on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter.  

Wood for the Trees - 12 ideas to help British forests grow

In the run-up to COP26, Wood for the Trees - a venture from Vastern Timber and film maker Charly Le Marchant - asked woodland experts for their policy recommendations for the government.

World of Wood Festival

A six-week celebration of global timber and global forests which takes place from 25 October to 3 December 2021 at the Building Centre in Store Street, London, online, and virtually.

Build Better Now: COP26 Built Environment Virtual Pavillion

A virtual exhibition and event series from the UKGBC. Featuring several timber projects. Launching on the 28th October.

Wood for Good Conference - Video

Featuring a series of talks from the forestry and timber sector, held at BE @ COP's site in Blantyre. You can now catch up on the event and view all talks here.

BE @ COP at the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Built Environment or 'BE' @ COP will be based at the Innovation Centre in Blantyre, easily accessible from Glasgow's city centre. With a range of conferences, exhibitions and tours.

An Introduction to Architects Climate Action Network (ACAN)

An event introducing ACAN - the Architects Climate Action Network whose work includes campaigning on key issues such as Embodied Carbon, Natural Materials, Circular Economy & Existing Buildings.

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