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Next steps for UK climate change policy and priorities for COP26 - building adaptation capacity, strategies for net-zero, and opportunities for leadership on climate action

Morning, Thursday, 5th August 2021

***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***

This conference will examine latest developments, priorities, and practicalities for meeting the UK’s ambitious policy targets for net-zero.

Areas for discussion include: next steps for improving climate change preparedness across key sectors, developing cohesive UK-wide adaptation strategies, and driving forward green economic recovery.

We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change. There will also be contributions from the Environmental Agency; Anglian Water; COP26 Universities Network; Imperial College London; Earth Capital; EDF Energy; the Green Alliance; IMechE; the National Farmers Union; Transport for London; Somerset County Council; and UK100.

Chairing are Lord Daniel Brennan QC, Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Microplastics; and Baroness Sandip Verma, Non-executive Director, Renewable Energy Association.

Taking place in the run-up to COP26, the conference will also be an opportunity to discuss:

  • what the UK’s internationally-focused priorities should be for advocacy on tackling the climate emergency and meeting net-zero targets
  • how best to use the opportunity of hosting the global gathering to cement the position of the UK, its businesses, and its research institutions at the forefront of climate action

Sessions in the agenda include:

  • UK climate change preparedness - priorities for policymaker and stakeholder action, and key steps for enabling the economy to meet net-zero commitments
  • building climate adaptation capacity - long-term strategic measures for boosting natural resilience, mitigating environmental degradation, and designing approaches at a local level
  • developing net-zero pathways - priorities for meeting decarbonisation commitments in key sectors, and next steps for leveraging engagement across the economy
    • finance and investment - what is needed to tackle challenges for achieving net-zero, looking at priorities for making action affordable, the public/private funding mix, and supporting investor confidence
    • low-carbon energy - scaling up and expansion, delivering deep decarbonisation for energy-intensive sectors, and making the UK a leader in renewable technologies
    • transport and infrastructure - addressing barriers to readiness for net-zero, networks for clean mobility, delivering upgrades nationwide, and managing modernisation costs
    • net-zero strategies on a local and regional level - priorities for designing tailored action plans, addressing local needs and risks, and leveraging local stakeholder input
  • the COP26 Summit, and opportunities for global climate action and UK leadership - policy setting and coordination, economy-wide cooperation, and demonstrating best practice for a clean economic recovery


Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the Department for the Economy, NI and officials from BEIS; the Cabinet Office; the Climate Change Committee; the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise; DAERA, NI; Defra; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department for Transport; the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine, ROI; Department of Finance, NI; the Department of Health and Social Care; Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; the National Audit Office; the Office for Government Property; Ofwat; The Scottish Government; The Planning Inspectorate and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from A.C. Whyte & Co.; Baringa Partners; British Geological Survey; Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales; Chemical Industries Association; Dawn Meats Group and Dunbia; Debevoise & Plimpton; Erasmus Student Network UK; Forest School; Geological Survey of Northern Ireland; GPS Marine Contractors; H2Transition Capital Fund; Hertfordshire County Council; Imperial College London; MoyPark; Natural England; Net Zero Technology Centre; Ofgem; People's Postcode Lottery; Somerset County Council; South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils; Strathclyde Partnership for Transport; The Campaign to Protect Rural England Wiltshire; TLT Solicitors; UK Hydrographic Office; Ulster Wildlife; University of Dundee; University of Leicester; University of Reading and University of Sussex.

Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Argus Media; Montel News; NS Energy; Platts; Redactive and The Environment Magazine.

Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government and regulatory officials involved in this area of policy, as well as from environmental and emissions organisations, representatives from energy-intensive sectors including power generation and transport, infrastructure, engineering and building groups, finance and investment companies, technology and innovation organisations, legal representatives, agricultural and land-use companies, local government and international delegates, charities and campaign groups, academics and think tanks, together with reporters from the national and specialist media.

This is a full-scale conference taking place online***

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording and transcript to refer back to
  • information-rich discussion involving key policymakers and stakeholders
  • conference materials provided in advance, including speaker biographies
  • speakers presenting via webcam, accompanied by slides if they wish, using the Cisco WebEx professional online conference platform (easy for delegates - we’ll provide full details)
  • opportunities for live delegate questions and comments with all speakers
  • a recording of the addresses, all slides cleared by speakers, and further materials, is made available to all delegates afterwards as a permanent record of the proceedings
  • delegates are able to add their own written comments and articles following the conference, to be distributed to all attendees and more widely
  • networking too - there will be opportunities for delegates to e-meet and interact - we’ll tell you how!

Full information and guidance on how to take part will be sent to delegates before the conference

Keynote Speaker

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee

Keynote Speaker

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee


Lord Daniel Brennan QC

Vice Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Microplastics

Baroness Sandip Verma

Non-executive Director, Renewable Energy Association


Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water

Polly Billington

Chief Executive Officer, UK100

David Acres

Policy and Environment Manager, EDF Energy

Tobiloba Elusakin

Research Analyst, Trilateral Research

Richard Bramley

Chair, Environment Forum, National Farmers Union

Clare Burgess

Partner, Clifford Chance LLP

Dr Tim Fox

Chair, Climate Change Adaptation Working Group, IMechE

Julie Foley

Director, FCRM Strategy & National Adaptation, Environment Agency

Shaun Spiers

Executive Director, Green Alliance

Dr Katherine Drayson

Strategy & Planning Manager, Transport for London

Paula Hewitt

Deputy Chief Executive, Lead Director for Economic and Community Infrastructure and Director of Commissioning, Somerset County Council and President, ADEPT 2021/22

Neil Brown

Chief Risk Officer, Earth Capital

Alyssa Gilbert

Chair, COP26 Universities Network and Director, Policy and Translation, Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment, Imperial College London