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Next steps for the UK towards net-zero - policy, stakeholder priorities, and addressing global challenges

Morning, Monday, 28th March 2022

This conference is bringing together key stakeholders and policymakers to discuss the outlook, and latest thinking on priorities, challenges and next steps for achieving net-zero emissions in the UK.

We are pleased to be able to include keynote sessions with Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee; Sarah James, Co-Director, Net Zero Strategy, BEIS; and Minette Batters, President, NFU.

It will be a timely opportunity to consider the issues in the context of outcomes from COP26 and latest scientific evidence on the challenges, as well as in the context of the Government’s Net Zero Strategy, and the announcement of a Government Office for Science Foresight Project to inform the Government’s long-term net-zero strategy.

Delegates will assess the implications of these developments, the approaches being taken for working towards net-zero, and what is needed to ensure environmental protection isn’t compromised.

With discrepancies in net-zero timeframes across sectors, those attending will examine the measures being adopted by key stakeholders and sectors to meet decarbonisation targets and foster a just transition - including agriculture, energy, transport, and housing.

Looking more widely following COP26, further sessions focus on:

  • international approaches and progress, and what can be learned for the UK
  • opportunities for collaboration to support meaningful and long-term progress
  • inequalities across the net-zero policy landscape, funding gaps and what can be done to achieve a just transition at a global level

The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; the CMA; Defra; DAERA; DIT; Department for the Economy, NI; DfT; Department of Finance, NI; Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; NAO; NIRO and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Sarah James

Co-Director, Net Zero Strategy, BEIS

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee

Minette Batters

President, NFU

Keynote Speakers

Minette Batters

President, NFU

Sarah James

Co-Director, Net Zero Strategy, BEIS

Chris Stark

Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee


Dr Alan Whitehead MP

Shadow Minister for Energy


Duncan Burt

Chief Sustainability Officer, National Grid

Natalia Peralta Silverstone

Head of Propositions, Octopus Electric Vehicles

Roz Bulleid

Deputy Policy Director, Green Alliance

Bekir Andrews

Environmental Sustainability Director, Wates

Lee Adcock

Environment and Sustainability Director, British Steel

Dr Mike Morecroft

Principal Specialist, Climate Change, Natural England, UK; and Coordinating Lead Author IPCC Working Group II

Tania Kumar

Head of Decarbonisation, CBI

Sara Telahoun

Principal Consultant, Cities Specialist, UK, Anthesis