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International Community for Local Smart Grids Launch at COP26



Date & Time

Tuesday 02 Nov 2021 09:45 - Tuesday 02 Nov 2021 10:30

Professor Malcolm McCulloch, head of the Energy and Power Group at Oxford, will take part in a blue-zone panel discussion in the UK Presidency Pavilion which will launch the International Community for Local Smart Grids on Tuesday 2nd November.

The UK Presidency Pavilion at COP26 supports the longstanding goals of the UK’s COP26 Presidency, as well as celebrating and sharing the lessons of UK climate leadership and successes.

Collaborating for Net Zero Networks: Building an International Community for Local Smart Grids

UK Government and SSE bring you an event to discuss how delivery of a net zero energy system will require significant change at a local level, with participatory smart grids helping people and communities maximise the benefit of renewable and flexible energy solutions. This event will bring together representatives from electricity networks from across the world, community partners and academics to discuss their different perspectives on the evolution of local networks. It will also see the launch of a new University of Oxford-led initiative, the International Community for Local Smart Grids, which aims to share local learnings on an global stage and help create a net zero future for all.

All Presidency events will be webcast on the UNFCCC website. You can tune in and watch these events live or on-demand. You can access the webcast via the UNFCCC’s conference landing page.

UK Pavilion events will also be live streamed on the UK Government YouTube channel.


Dr Stephanie Hirmer, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher at the Energy and Power Group, will also take part in the Climate Compatible Growth Programme (CCG) side event at Strathclyde University on 3rd November. Together with Jim Watson (UCL), she will be running a session focusing on the policy briefings they have been working on with the UK government's Energy Transitions Council.