EXSKALLERATE at COP26

02 December 2021 - Published by Amy McCready

Exoskeletons are sustainable in more ways than one. They hold the potential to improve the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) of a business and to protect the health and well-being of its workforce as the world has shifted its focus on the transition to a net zero carbon.

EXSKALLERATE had the opportunity to show off exoskeleton technology at the United Nation’s Conference of the Parties (COP26) global conference in Glasgow where leaders in politics, industry and policy gathered to discuss action on climate change.

After being delayed for a year due to the pandemic, and with increasingly more people opening their eyes to the need of tackling the climate emergency, COP26 arrived in Glasgow, Scotland in November 2021 to be identified as the most vital meeting since Paris 2015.

EXSKALLERATE was featured at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s (CSIC) two-week exhibition and event programme BE@COP26, which brought together some never-seen-before innovations. The exhibits were open to the public while the factory also became a host to leaders in policy and the built environment.

A total of 850 people visited the factory over these two weeks. These visitors had the chance to see the EXSKALLERATE Herowear Apex exoskeleton and the Auxivo Liftsuit, plasterboarding bay and roofing rig and some of the advanced measuring equipment.

Visitors included Nadhim Zahawi the Secretary of State for Education, Jamie Hepburn, Minister for Higher Education and Further Education, Youth Employment and Training, and Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic Commission for Europe.

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One major theme during COP26 was to ensure that we have a ‘just transition’ – the idea that we should not leave people behind when fighting climate change and the journey to zero carbon must be fair for all.

Passive exoskeleton suits offer a sustainable way of helping a business utilise an already existing asset – their workforce – in a way that is people-focused and fair. At the centre of sustainable transformation is a focus on the long-term value. With health and longevity as their greater objectives, exoskeletons fit right within this initiative.

Exoskeletons and net zero share a common goal - Corporate Social Responsibility or CSR, a broad term for companies being socially and environmentally responsible – companies’ duty to their employees, communities and planet to preserve the well-being and minimise harm for all. This brings together welfare and sustainability under one umbrella.

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Watch this video for a sneak peak at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s field labs.