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ICE Hub Glasgow COP26 Week One Highlights

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7th Nov 2021

Hello from Glasgow, where we have just wrapped up a full week of non-stop COP 26 side events at the ICE Hub—which is becoming THE place to be. Here are some highlights from the past week...

ICE Hub Glasgow COP 26 - Week One Highlights 

On Monday, November 1st, we welcomed ICE Hub partners for an opening cocktail to discover our beautiful space and try out the delicious and sustainably sourced vegan and vegetarian cuisine prepared by our fabulous chefs, Rosa Addis, Herbert Brindl and Misha Hyman


On Tuesday, Beauty Kitchen and Natura-Tec co-hosted “Beauty Day”, featuring the British Beauty Council as well as Elemis and other beauty brands to focus on circular consumption and sustainable design. 

(Pictured: Stuart Chidley, co-founder of Beauty Kitchen)

On Wednesday, B Corp hosted events for its member companies, which are at the forefront of a global movement of people using business as a force for good. Also, Hub Culture and Sweden’s GET Group AB announced a partnership to develop the world’s first geothermal token, which has the potential to integrate environmental and energy-linked assets to new areas of energy production and digitization.  

Leaders on Purpose hosted a dinner for their community of purpose-driven corporate leaders, which featured a fireside chat with Hakan Bulgurlu, the inspiring CEO of Arcelik, moderated by Stan Stalnaker, Founding Director of Hub Culture.
Hakan Bulgurlu and Stan Stalnaker
(Pictured: Hakan Bulgurlu and Stan Stalnaker)

Mattereum kicked off Thursday with a panel discussion on “The Circular Economy; Finance Meets Data to Create an Abundant Regenerative Future,” featuring speakers from McDonough Innovation, Ven Oxygen, Fifth Wall and Beauty Kitchen. Missed it? Watch the replay.  


Thursday night, Future of Cities hosted a magical evening to share a brilliant vision for regenerative cities of tomorrow, with electrical performances by sustainability activist/musician AY Young and We Speak Dance which got everyone up and dancing.  

On Friday, Rockefeller Brothers Fund hosted an important discussion on the topic of “Fuelling Extinction”, and how oil and gas companies are still actively expanding production, pressing into previously unexploited frontiers, despite internationally-agreed climate goals.

McDonough Innovation and Arctic Green co-hosted an elegant dinner packed with climate leaders and innovators, in honor of former Unilever CEO and renowned sustainability leader Paul Polman.


      William McDonough
(Pictured: Paul Polman, Co-Founder & Co-Chair of Imagine, Haukur Hardarson, Chairman & Founder of Arctic Green, and William McDonough)


On Saturday, Bermuda’s Deputy Premier and Minister of Home Affairs, the Hon. Walter Roban, JP, MP presided over an event hosted by the Bermuda Business Development Agency to share Bermuda’s ESG commitments and aspirations to become the world’s climate risk finance capital.

FAIRR and the Coller Foundation hosted a private policy roundtable with experts from the public and private sector and international development finance institutions to discuss the important topic of aligning public and private agricultural finance flows with global climate and nature goals. We also hosted the Ordinary Club of Extraordinary Women for an inspiring discussion on women's leadership and involvement in the climate talks.

Today, Hub Culture, McDonough Innovation and Grounded, in partnership with Minga Indigena, Vivo Barefoot and One Earth, are creating a sacred space within ICE Hub to put Indigenous leadership front and center during COP26. Circle ceremonies and important discussions with elders were private, but livestreamed to a global audience.

Hub Culture at COP26

Outside of ICE Hub, Hub Culture’s Executive Editor Edie Lush emceed an event for C40 cities at the Glasgow City Chambers and had the opportunity to interview quite a few mayors about the role their cities have to play and the challenges they face in tackling climate change. 

Watch our ICE Hub Glasgow COP26 You Tube playlist to catch our interviews with mayors, ICE Hub partners and other key figures that our social media team have been conducting throughout the week! 

(Pictured: Edie Lush interviewing Marisa Drew, Chief Sustainability Officer, Credit Suisse)

Coming Up Next Week at ICE Hub ... 

We have another full week of events coming up, culminating with the ICE Hub Partners Closing Cocktail on Thursday, November 11th, so be sure to visit ICE hub online to check out our exciting line up! 

Outside of ICE Hub, Hub Culture is delighted to be a media partner for the World Climate Foundation's World Climate Summit (Nov. 7 & 8)  and the World Biodiversity Summit at which our Founding Partner Stan Stalnaker will be speaking on November 10th. 


 About ICE Hub: ICE Hub Glasgow, presented by Hub Culture, McDonough Innovation, and Beauty Kitchen, is a collaborative space to connect COP26 delegates, business leaders, policy leaders, and the public around climate solutions alongside the United Nations Climate Change Conference. From October 31 through November 12, the ICE Hub will showcase innovation in circular economy thinking and practices and gather global sustainability leaders for important discussions on tackling climate issues. Housed in the former Bank of Scotland, ICE Hub will continue operating through 2022 as a coworking space for climate leaders, with a focus on reuse technologies and circular innovation.