Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Priorities for UK climate policy following COP28

Morning, Wednesday, 31st January 2024

This conference will examine next steps for climate policy in the UK.

It will be an opportunity for stakeholders and policymakers to discuss climate negotiations and developments following COP28, including implications for the UK’s commitments to phase out fossil fuels and transition to a carbon neutral economy, and plans for adaptation and resilience as outlined in the Government’s Third National Adaptation Programme (NAP3).

Delegates will assess latest thinking on legal frameworks for climate action, priorities for key sectors, the UK’s role in international climate leadership, and strategic plans for sustainable finance and green investment following the UK International Climate Finance Strategy.

Further sessions will examine the way forward for net zero ambitions following the Government’s recent changes to milestones for implementation of aspects of policy, and concerns that the UK is not on track to achieve targets. Discussion will also look at skills requirements, and opportunities and challenges for key industries.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with: Chris Stark, Chief Executive Officer, Climate Change Committee; Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change; André Neto-Bradley, Lead Energy Research Advisor, DESNZ; and Graeme Maidment, Heating and Cooling Technical Lead, DESNZ.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • COP28: key outcomes and takeaways - policy implications and legal commitments for the UK - next steps for delivering a green economy and for net zero targets
  • progress: assessing the UK’s position in relation to short and long-term climate goals - viability of current climate strategies to meet Paris Agreement ambitions - decarbonising key industries in the UK
  • international cooperation: aligning timeframes with globally agreed standards - standardising reporting and trading of carbon - opportunities for global cooperation
  • financing and investment: next steps for funding infrastructure projects - assessing sustainable finance initiatives and strategies to promote green activity - improving public-private partnerships
  • monitoring: considering plans for delivering better assessments of climate impact at global, national, sectoral and company-wide levels - promoting transparency and accountability - the role of ESG reporting
  • just transition:strategic priorities for a people-centred and inclusive approach - opportunities for job creation and reskilling in phased-out industries - minimising negative externalities of green transition

The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from APHA; Cabinet Office; CCC; CCS; DAERA, NI; DBT; Defra; Department for Communities, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; Department for the Economy, NI; Department of Finance, NI; DESNZ; DfE; DfT; DLUHC; DSIT; EA; FCDO; FSA; GLD; HMRC; HM Treasury; Home Office; Homes England; HSE; Isle of Man Government; MCA; MOD; NAO; NIAO; NIC; OBR; Ofwat; OGP; ONS; ORR; OZEV; UKEF; UKIB; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from both Houses of Parliament.

Keynote Speakers

Chris Stark

Chief Executive Officer, Climate Change Committee

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

André Neto-Bradley

Lead Energy Research Advisor, DESNZ

Graeme Maidment

Heating and Cooling Technical Lead, DESNZ

Kerry McCarthy MP

Shadow Minister for Climate Change

Chris Stark

Chief Executive Officer, Climate Change Committee


Lord McNicol of West Kilbride

Officer, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Sustainable Finance

Baroness Rosie Boycott

Member, Environment and Climate Change Committee


Matt Prescott

Head of Carbon Strategy, Heathrow

Professor Petra Minnerop

Professor of International Law, Durham University

Graham Hasting-Evans

Chief Executive Officer, National Open College Network

Marta Simonetti

Managing Director and Founder, Globalfields

Amy McDonnell

Campaign Director, Zero Hour

Councillor Susan Aitken

Leader, Glasgow City Council

Eddie Tuttle

Director of Policy, Chartered Institute of Building

Zoisa North-Bond

Chief Executive, Octopus Energy Generation

Sue Ferns

Senior Deputy General Secretary, Prospect

Matt Kennedy

Sustainable Development Leader for Europe and Global Leader for Climate Strategy, Arup

Clement Metivier

Head of International Advocacy, WWF