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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.

It is bringing together stakeholders with a range of key policy official, including the CCC chairman, and representatives from the House of Commons; BEIS; Defra; Ofwat; DfT; DIT; the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affair, NI; the Department for the Economy, NI; the HSE; NIRO; the Office for Product Safety and Standards and the Welsh Government.

The discussion focuses on:

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

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 and working towards a just transition
  • 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 by 2050

A scan of policy background and developments:

  • the Energy White Paper - due to set out government strategy for achieving net-zero across the whole energy system by 2050
  • 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
  • the Net Zero Review - expected to outline measures for the transition to a green economy that secures economic growth with benefit across the UK while protecting low income households
  • 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 - expected from the CCC later this year, which will advise on the level of UK emissions for 2033-2037, as well as contributing to the design of a trajectory to net-zero by 2050
  • 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
  • the Environment Bill - with new legal powers for tackling waste, protecting biodiversity, and incentivising good governance
  • 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
  • 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

The discussion at a glance:

National and local policy frameworks for the net-zero transition

  • 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 and 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 - strategies for increasing cooperation between local government and other key stakeholders, tackling unique challenges for local areas, and sharing best practice with other regional partners
    • 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 - safeguarding employment and expanding retraining, managing potential areas of inequality, and developing new career opportunities with local industry and partners

Decarbonising energy-intensive and other 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 conisations 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 Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, NI; the Department for International Trade; the Department for the Economy, NI; the Department for Transport; the Health and Safety Executive; the Nuclear Innovation & Research Office (NIRO); the Office for Product Safety and Standards; Ofwat and the Welsh Government.

For this conference, we expect speakers and further attendees to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior government officials involved in this area of public policy, together with environmental and emissions organisations, representatives from energy-intensive sectors including power generation, transport and agriculture, infrastructure and engineering groups, legal firms and consultancies, local government and international delegates, charities and campaign groups, academics and research institutions, together with reporters from the national and trade media. 

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

  • full, four-hour programme including comfort breaks - you’ll also get a full recording 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 Speakers

Councillor Lisa Mulherin

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

Tony Juniper

Chair, Natural England


Rt Hon the Lord Deben

Chairman, Committee on Climate Change


Senior speaker confirmed from E.ON

Robert Spencer

Head of Sustainable Development, AECOM UKI

Emma Piercy

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

Senior speaker confirmed from Burges Salmon

Stuart Roberts

Deputy President, National Farmers Union

Fredrik Uddenfeldt

Vice President, Community Growth, UK & US, ClimateView

Nick Mabey

Chief Executive, E3G