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What are we looking for?

Across Scotland there are great examples of people and projects delivering action on climate change, but we all know that we can achieve much more when we work together. We need to find innovative ways of working together to accelerate climate action and adaption. 

Ahead of COP26, WWF Scotland and ScottishPower, with the support of SSN, have come together to champion new cross-sector partnerships and projects in Scotland. Partnerships that will deliver faster and more ambitious action on climate change.  

What are we looking for? 

  • Little and large: projects that show you’re never too large or too small to work together 
  • Opposites attract: collaborations by unlikely allies can yield the best results for their partners and the planet 
  • Global reach: partnerships that generate a positive impact that stretches beyond our shores 

Our challenge to you is to broaden your horizons, consider the potential benefits of cross-sector collaboration and embark on your own new project or partnership. 

Scottish PowerSSN


The launch event

16 November 2020

We invited representatives of all sectors in Scotland (local and national government, land-use, energy, building, transport, civil society, finance, academia) to virtually join us on the 16 November, one year ahead of COP26, to launch this challenge. 

Attendees heard inspiring international case studies, connected with other sectors here in Scotland and considered what new partnerships they could form.  

Our inspirational speakers included: 

  • Manuel Pulgar-Vidal, Leader, Climate and Energy Practice, WWF International 
  • Nigel Topping, High Level Climate Action Champion for COP26 
  • Roseanna Cunningham MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform
  • Keith Anderson, CEO ScottishPower 
  • Kathryn Dapre, Chair of Sustainable Scotland Network  


We are hosting a series of virtual workshops, where attendees will find further opportunities for engagement and collaboration. Workshop topics will range from energy use and production to sustainable communities and land use. They will be hosted by a range of organisations, including Strathclyde University, CBI Scotland, FutureArk Ltd and the Sustainable Scotland Network.

Details about the workshops will be made available here. If you have an idea for a workshop or would be interested in hosting a discussion, please get in touch.

On 29 January, the University of Strathclyde, hosted a workshop for those interested in collaborating on climate action through energy production and use.  

On 27 April, there was a workshop to share, stimulate and spark carbon-saving collaborations in land-use.

The CBI are running a workshop on the 3 June (9.30-11.30). It is aimed at providing inspiration for how cross sector collaboration can support your organisation to reduce carbon emissions and take climate action as well as provide you with the opportunity to meet with other organisations who are also looking to establish, develop and create partnerships. Book your place here.

Share your ideas

In need of a project partner? Join the discussion and share your ideas and requests online using #COP26Challenge


At COP26, we want to showcase your new and innovative partnerships to inspire even more action both across Scotland and globally.  

We will jointly host a significant event to share your project and promote the learning to a global audience. This will be a fantastic opportunity to show how we can all play a part in an accelerated response to climate change. 

Take up the challenge

If you have an innovative new project or partnership to deliver climate action complete the following to take part in the COP26 Climate Collaboration Challenge

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