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Achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 - policy frameworks and collaboration, decarbonisation in key sectors and local areas, and encouraging behavioural change

Morning, Tuesday, 12th May 2020



This conference will examine the next steps for achieving the UK legal requirement for net-zero emissions in the UK by 2050 - focusing on policy frameworks and collaboration, decarbonisation in key sectors and local areas, and encouraging behavioural change.

With the Government retaining environmental protection and emissions abatement as a priority, delegates will consider options for developing economy-wide strategies for decarbonisation.

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss:

  • setting policy frameworks and guidance for government and industry;
  • priorities for key sectors including energy, transport, construction, and agriculture;
  • identifying new economic opportunities; and
  • delivering a just transition and the role of local government in net-zero.


There will be keynote contributions from:

  • Rt Hon the Lord Deben, Chairman, Committee on Climate Change;
  • Glenn Everett, Deputy Director, Sustainability and Inequalities, Office for National Statistics;
  • Professor Ron Loveland, Government Energy Advisor, Welsh Government; and
  • Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group.

Further speakers include: Tanisha Beebee, Confederation of British Industry; Jo Coleman, Shell; Sonal Jain, JLL; Georgie Messent, Pinsent Masons; Tim Page, Trade Union Congress; and Robert Spencer, AECOM UKI.

The agenda

  • Pathways for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050, and what is required from government and industry;
  • Priorities for effective policy frameworks:
    • Reviewing climate targets, taking an economy-wide approach to reform, and designing sector-specific strategies;
    • Financial challenges for net-zero policy - investment requirements, fair cost distribution, and retaining investor confidence;
    • Designing decarbonisation strategies, assessing global climate policy, and opportunities for extending UK leadership; and
    • Collaboration with devolved partners, and setting targets fit for national capacity to reduce emissions.
  • Strategies for decarbonisation in key sectors - harnessing innovation, tackling investment and scale barriers, and maximising economic opportunities;
  • Building local capacity to achieve net-zero, and the role of local government - adaptation, behavioural change, and delivering a just transition; and
  • Policy and reaching net-zero by 2050 - guidance for key stakeholders, putting in place mechanisms and levers, and protecting economic sustainability.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; DfT; Defra; MHCLG; the National Audit Office; Environment Agency; the Government Office for Science; Parliamentary Office of Science & Technology; Crown Commercial Service; DIT; Foreign and Commonwealth Office; Government Legal Department; Health and Safety Executive; HMRC; Office for National Statistics; the UK Space Agency and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speaker

Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Glenn Everett

Deputy Director, Sustainability and Inequalities, Office for National Statistics

Professor Ron Loveland

Government Energy Advisor, Welsh Government

Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Nick Molho

Executive Director, Aldersgate Group


Dr Jonathan Scurlock

Chief Adviser, Renewable Energy and Climate Change, NFU

Sue Halliwell

Director for Planning and Place, Oxfordshire County Council

Georgie Messent

Partner, Head of Environment, Pinsent Masons

Tanisha Beebee

Senior Policy Advisor, Energy and Climate Change, Confederation of British Industry

Chris Venables

Head of Politics, Green Alliance

Tim Page

Senior Policy Officer, Trade Union Congress

Jo Coleman

Manager, UK Energy Transition, Shell

Sonal Jain

Sustainability Director, JLL

Robert Spencer

Head of Sustainable Development, AECOM UKI