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Next steps for achieving net-zero emissions in the UK by 2050 - local and national policy, tackling challenges for key sectors, and the pathway to a just transition

Morning, Tuesday, 9th February 2021


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

This conference will examine the next steps for reaching net-zero emissions in the UK by 2050.


The discussion focuses on:

  • policy - at a national and local level, including assessing the Energy White Paper
  • funding and collaboration
  • tackling challenges for energy-intensive sectors - including energy, transport, agriculture and manufacturing
  • encouraging behaviour change

It is bringing together stakeholders with a range of key policy officials, including representatives from BEIS; Defra; the Environment Agency; DfT; the ORR; Ofwat; the FCDO; the Crown Commercial Service; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, NI; DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Government Legal Department; GCHQ; the HSE; the Cabinet Office; HMRC; the NAO; the Nuclear Innovation & Research Office; the Office for Product Safety and Standards; the ONS; The Scottish Government; the Wales Office; and the Welsh Government. 


The agenda:

  • Climate goals and a green economic recovery - pathways to reaching net-zero by 2050
  • ‘The net part of net zero: how we harness Nature to meet emissions goals, while fostering resilience’
  • Creating policy frameworks for net-zero transition
    • Priorities for governance and institutional structures to support strategy development
    • Use of data and supporting the development of evidence-based policymaking
    • Attracting investment and targeting funding to support a net-zero economy
    • Priorities for net-zero at a local level
  • Addressing decarbonisation challenges for key energy-intensive sectors
    • Reducing deployment barriers for low-carbon energy supply and capacity, creating system flexibility, and supporting supply chain and technology development
    • Next steps for net-zero in transport - commercialising low emission mobility, widening adoption, and preparing infrastructure for growth
  • Strategies for decarbonisation and economic recovery across economic sectors - identifying and tackling barriers, enhancing collaboration, and driving forward innovation
  • Policy priorities for reaching net-zero emissions

A scan of policy background and developments:

  • Overarching policy
    • the Energy White Paper - outlining a route for decarbonising the entire energy system up to 2050, including plans to:
      • announce the expected publication of the Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy in Spring 2021, detailing how the government aims to support the manufacturing industry
      • predominantly rely on renewable energy to aid the transition to clean green energy supply, including for adjacent sectors like heat and transport,
      • support the growth in offshore wind as a key component of electricity production, along with commercialising and deploying 1GW of floating wind
      • set up a UK emissions trading scheme from January 2021, with transition from the EU
      • encourage public behavioural change, including schemes such as spending £1.3bn to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and a permanent shift away from fossil fuel boilers
      • support the workforce transition from fossil fuel to green industries
    • Decarbonising transport: setting the challenge ahead - the transport decarbonisation plan due this year, which seeks to tie together other transport plans for a holistic low-carbon approach
    • new Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge funding - for projects in the West Midlands, Tees Valley, North West, Humber, Scotland and South Wales with local authorities and industry working jointly on carbon emissions reduction
    • The Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution - aiming to provide green jobs whilst fast-tracking the UK towards net-zero emissions, tying objectives together from across energy-intensive sectors, and supported by a £40m fund to help retrain green workforces
    • the National Infrastructure Strategy - with a strong emphasis on incorporating net-zero commitments into approaches going forward
    • the Net Zero Review Interim Report- outlined measures for the transition to a green economy that secures economic growth with benefit across the UK while protecting low income households, with the final report expected to be published in spring 2021
    • the Green Finance Strategy - with commitments to enable long-term capital for clean projects, as well as reducing market barriers for the private sector
    • the Sixth Carbon Budget - published late last year, advising on the level of UK emissions for 2033-2037, as well as key recommendations for reaching net-zero emissions by 2050
    • the Environment Bill - with new legal powers for tackling waste, protecting biodiversity, and incentivising good governance
  • Specific sectors:
    • Land use: Policies for a Net Zero UK - the CCC’s advice on agriculture and land use policies for net-zero, looking at farming decarbonisation and protecting and restoring peatland
    • the Agriculture Bill - aiming to establish new and environmentally friendly payment systems to farmers after the EU Transition Period
    • Government takes historic step towards net-zero with end of sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 - an earlier deadline recently announced by the Government
    • Prepare for lift-off: Jet Zero Council to deliver carbon-free flight - launched to support a transition to a zero-emission aviation sector by 2050
    • the Green Homes Grant - launched through BEIS, aimed at improving home energy efficiency across England
    • the Transforming Foundation Industries Challenge aimed at encouraging investment to support green innovation within sectors such as cement, glass, chemicals, and metals
  • COVID-19:
    • government’s economic recovery strategy - tying together measures to stimulate growth and demand measures with net-zero goals, including a focus on local level objectives
    • COVID-19 can be an historic turning point in tackling the global climate crisis - the CCC advising for policy that targets low-carbon reskilling, social and behavioural change, and moving towards a more circular economy

Areas for discussion:

  • National and local policy:
    • setting policy frameworks and guidance - creating governance, regulatory and institutional frameworks that support strategy development and support industry involvement
    • informing an evidence based approach to policy - sharing best practice, utilising data, and improving channels for communicating net-zero challenges into decision making
    • funding:
      • sources - creating a sustainable, effective approach to public investment and its allocation, encouraging and securing private sources of investment, and strategies for mitigating risk
      • confidence - what is needed to retain and improve engagement of investors in supporting net-zero development
      • just transition - how costs for financing the transition can be distributed fairly across the economy
    • the roles of local, regional and national government - preparing for net-zero by 2050 and working towards a just transition:
      • local decarbonisation plans - increasing cooperation between local government and other key stakeholders, tackling unique challenges for local areas, and sharing best practice
      • securing behavioural change - planning for low-carbon transport, rolling out innovation in energy efficiency, and ensuring local governments and partners lead by example
      • a just transition across society - employment and retraining, managing potential areas of inequality, and developing new career opportunities with local industry and partners 
  • Decarbonising key sectors:
    • clean energy - development and deployment at scale:
      • policy - what is needed from the Energy White Paper and wider policy, and how can regulatory barriers be reduced
      • maintaining healthy supply chains - and the pipeline and commercialisation of technology
      • infrastructure - ensuring network capacity is ready for decentralisation
    • transport - what is needed to support the shift to clean transport and decarbonise existing systems:
      • innovation - priorities for developing battery and alternative fuel technologies
      • creating the optimal conditions for change - reducing costs and encouraging adoption
      • preparation and collaboration - working in local and cross-industry groups
    • farming and land use - priorities for enhancing low-carbon practices, and the impact of environmental land management schemes:
      • investment - leveraging public and private funding
      • carbon sequestration - the way forward for research and increasing capabilities
      • best practice - scaling up greater use of sustainable agronomy and restoring peatland resources
    • manufacturing - including the impact of changes in environmental regulation at the end of the EU exit transition period:
      • priorities for utilising new stewardship guidance
      • working towards targets on water, air and nature quality

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders. Places have been reserved by parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons, and officials from BEIS; Defra; the DfT; the ORR; Ofwat; the FCDO; the Cabinet Office; the Crown Commercial Service; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, NI; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; the Environment Agency; the Government Legal Department; GCHQ; the Health and Safety Executive; HM Revenue & Customs; the National Audit Office; the Nuclear Innovation & Research Office (NIRO); the Office for Product Safety and Standards; the Office for National Statistics; The Scottish Government; Wales Office; and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from the AHDB; Aquaculture Research Collaborative Hub for the UK; Atkins; Aviva; Baringa; Bristol City Council; Burges Salmon; Carbon & Energy Fund; Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock; Costain; Forest Carbon; Frazer-Nash Consultancy; Hertfordshire County Council; Kier Group; Knowledge Transfer Centre, University of Reading; London Legacy Development Corporation; Ministry of Defence; National Grid ESO; Natural Resources Wales; NFU; Oblath Advisory; Proctor and Matthews Architects; Roadgas; Rothamsted Research; Shell; Smarter Carbon CIC; South West Water; Tees Valley Nature Partnership; This is Gravity; University of Plymouth; University of Surrey; University of York (CNAP); Vattenfall Wind Power; Young People's Trust for the Environment and Zero Waste Scotland.


Press passes have been reserved by representatives from the Bloomberg; Fleet News - Bauer Media and Montel News.


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

Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change

Councillor Lisa Mulherin

Executive Board Member for Climate Change, Transport and Sustainable Development, Leeds City Council

Andy Hogg

Deputy Director, Energy Industries, The Scottish Government

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England

Chairs

Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales

Lord Curry of Kirkharle

Chair, Better Regulation Executive

Speakers

Dr Brian Tilley

Head of Energy Policy, E.ON

Robert Spencer

Head of Sustainable Development, AECOM UKI

Emma Piercy

Head of Climate Change & Energy Policy, Food and Drink Federation

Stuart Roberts

Deputy President, National Farmers Union

Sarah Bishop

Deputy Director, Net Zero and Carbon Budgets, BEIS

Silviya Barrett

Head of Policy, Research and Projects, Campaign for Better Transport

Fredrik Uddenfeldt

Vice President, Community Growth, UK & US, ClimateView

Nick Mabey

Chief Executive, E3G

Ross Fairley

Partner, Energy, Burges Salmon

Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water

Marie-Justine Labelle

Consultant, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC