Morning, Tuesday, 7th December 2021
***Full-scale policy conference taking place online***
This conference will examine priorities for decarbonising local government services and the role of local government in meeting net-zero greenhouse gas emissions targets by 2050.
This is a timely opportunity to consider issues for local government in the context of the recent IPCC report on climate change, which highlights the human causes of climate change and the implications of the now almost inevitable 1.5°C rise in global temperatures above pre-industrial levels - as well as individual declarations of a climate emergency by more than 300 local administrations.
Delegates will consider the role of local governments and authorities in working towards regional requirements for combatting climate change while also contributing to wider ambitions to achieve net-zero emissions - as well as ensuring that regional needs and priorities are heard at a national level so as to secure adequate support for preparing for the impact of climate change.
We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from core stakeholders, including:
- the evolving role of local authorities in emissions reduction and creating sustainable local plans - with Steve Read, Chair, ADEPT Environment Board; and Director of Environment and Public Protection, West Sussex County Council
- taking forward the NAO report into ‘Local government and net zero in England’ - with Keith Davis, Director, Defra Value for Money, National Audit Office
Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by officials from BEIS; Defra; Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Transport; DAERA, NI; and the Office for Product Safety and Standards. Also due to attend are representatives from Fórsa; LASER Energy; People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals; and Wrap.
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, together with other stakeholders including local government, green-tech businesses and consultancies, the wider business community, environmental organisations, waste and recycling groups, stakeholders involved in housing and transport bodies, resident and community associations, academic and industry researchers, commentators and analysts, legal and financial specialists, and reporters in 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