It’s just under two months until the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) launches in Glasgow this November. The event, which is due to be attended by 200 world leaders could result in a historic agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions and tackle the global climate emergency.

The COP26 is an exciting time to learn more how you can reduce your carbon footprint to help save the planet, support your local community, and save some money too.

Below are three easy suggestions to help reduce your carbon footprint:

  • Buy local products – these generally have a lower carbon footprint than goods that have been imported from international locations
  • Use sustainable transport options – walking, cycling and public transport are greener than using a car for the same journey
  • Reuse household items – it is more environmentally friendly to repair and reuse items than buy new ones. If you do have to throw something away, try to recycle it.

You can find find out more ways to reduce your environmental impact here.

What is Catalyst doing to reduce CO2 emissions?

Reducing greenhouse gas emissions is a key target for Catalyst, as we progress towards net zero carbon by 2050. Last year we reduced our total CO2 emissions by over 4 per cent compared to the year before.

We achieved this through installing more efficient A-rated boilers at many of our offices and sites, replacing light fittings in our offices and residential communal areas with more efficient LED lights and carrying out 461 boiler replacements, 313 heating upgrades, 332 cavity wall insultations and 34 loft installations in your homes.

Moving forwards, we’ll be exploring new technologies and construction methods to create more energy efficient homes.

You can find out more about how we’re reducing CO2 emissions on our Streamlined Energy and Carbon Reporting (SECR) page.

Find out more about COP26

You can find out more about the conference, including its key theme of People and Just Transitions, by visiting  COP26.