Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

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Priorities for UK climate change adaptation, the strategic pathway to net zero emissions, and opportunities for COP26

Morning, Tuesday, 8th December 2020

Online Conference

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

This conference will discuss priorities for climate change adaptation in the UK.

It is bringing together key policymakers and stakeholders to discuss priorities for:

  • the strategic route map towards net zero emissions
  • creating a green, sustainable and fair COVID-19 recovery plan
  • the now rescheduled COP26 due to take place in November 2021 in Glasgow.

Why this is particularly relevant now - the context:

It takes place in a particularly busy period for climate change and environment policy, including:

  • major legislation -  including the updated Agriculture Bill and the Environment Bill, and the establishment of the Office for Environmental Protection
  • net-zero emissions by 2050 - the UK legally-binding target, with developments including the launch of a net zero transport board, and plans to reduce industrial and domestic emissions
  • flooding and costal erosion - the Government’s long-term plan to tackle the risks, and the Environment Agency’s National Flood and Coastal Erosion Risk Management Strategy for England
  • emission levels - the recommendations for years 2033 to 2037 expected in December as part of the Sixth Carbon Budget
  • threats and adaptation priorities - the creation of the third Climate Change Risk Assessment, due for publication in 2022 - with updated evidence expected next year
  • the COVID-19 pandemic and the Prime Minister’s New Deal for Britain outlining a recovery path underpinned by clean energy, transport and natural infrastructure restoration for adaptation
  • the CCC calling on the Government to seize the opportunity to turn the COVID-19 crisis into a defining moment in the fight against climate change, including:
    • rebuilding the economy through investments in low-carbon energy and energy efficiency deployment
    • developing the circular economy
    • ensuring infrastructure assets support the integration of decarbonised energy
    • setting a pathway for reskilling the UK workforce for low-carbon employment, encouraging societal behavioural change, and scaling up science and innovation in climate research

Key areas for discussion:

Joined-up policy, adaptation readiness, and reducing exposure to climate risks

  • how policymakers can coordinate across Government departments, and collaborate with key stakeholders on the development of climate adaptation preparedness strategies
  • priorities for addressing climate vulnerabilities and developing a unified approach, looking at:
    • the most recent CCC Progress Report to Government on reducing emissions - including its recommendations on:
      • embedding net-zero as a core cross-departmental goal
      • modernising business case development frameworks like NSIPs for ambitious climate targets
      • ensuring extreme weather events are factored in to forthcoming infrastructure strategies
    • improving physical resilience across infrastructure assets and linking future plans with recent national strategies in areas such as flooding
    • preparing the built environment and construction sector for net-zero strategy development:
      • the impact of plans to improve domestic energy efficiency and reduce industrial emissions
      • what more needs to be done to adapt new infrastructure to be resilient to future climate change

Supporting green economic development

As the UK responds to COVID-19, and with the National Infrastructure Strategy due out later this year, attendees will consider:

  • steps for setting guidance for UK businesses to support them to reach net zero and adapt to climate change - including through:
    • encouraging building back sustainably
    • greening supply chains
    • avoiding new lock-in emissions
  • investment priorities for recovery and climate adaptation:
    • accelerating the deployment of low-carbon energy technology
    • developing the necessary national infrastructure
    • decarbonising transport modes
    • encouraging corporate and personal behaviour change
  • building up and protecting the natural environment:
    • expanding national tree planting and wider ecosystem and biodiversity protection
    • ensuring new infrastructure is delivered in a way which protects biodiversity and natural capital
  • the Environment and Agriculture Bills, and the impact of measures including environmental land management systems and the potential role of the Office for Environmental Protection

Priorities for COP26 and UK leadership in global climate action

  • how COP26 can be maximised as an opportunity for intensifying action on climate change mitigation, and stepping up measures for increasing global capacity for adaptation preparedness
  • accelerating cooperation between governments, nations and organisations
  • the UK’s role in communicating ambitious climate leadership
  • latest thinking on incorporating UK businesses and industry in key climate and adaptation efforts and partnerships

The agenda:

  • Monitoring progress on UK emissions reductions, preparing for the Sixth Carbon Budget, and prioritising adaptation as part of the COVID-19 recovery
  • Latest thinking on the steps needed for a green UK recovery plan
    • Preparing a sustainable pathway - economic priorities, greening supply chains, and developing policy
    • Assessing the scope of a recovery package - support for green modernisation and behaviour change, accelerating the low-carbon transition, and securing investment
    • Next steps for developing ecosystem protection and preventing lock-in emissions - tree planting, peatland restoration, and expanding national carbon sequestering
  • Reaching net-zero by 2050 - developing natural resilience, and cross-sector engagement with long-term decarbonisation
  • Next steps for adapting to the impact of climate change - developing resilience in the natural and built environment, tailoring strategies for local needs, and meeting future demand
    • Meeting the challenge of flood and coastal erosion management, and developing urban water systems resilience
    • Improving energy efficiency and working towards net-zero in the built environment
    • Designing environment strategies and tailoring plans for local climate risks
  • Opportunities for COP26 and meeting the challenge of climate change on a global level
  • Policy priorities for a national green COVID-19 recovery package, preparing for COP26, and building adaptation capacity

Policy officials attending:

Our forums are known for attracting strong interest from policymakers and stakeholders.

Additional senior participants are being approached, but if you or a colleague would like to be considered as a speaker at this seminar, please contact us at speakeroffers@forumsupport.co.uk specifying the event and session where you would like to speak and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible. If you are offering to speak yourself please don’t fill in the booking form, as this will be taken as an order and you will be charged for a place subject to our T&Cs.

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 Speaker

Tony Grayling

Director, Sustainable Business and Development, Environment Agency


Baroness Bennett of Manor Castle

former Leader, Green Party of England and Wales


Dr Mike Morecroft

Principal Specialist, Climate Change, Natural England

Phil Jarvis

Farm Manager, Allerton Project, Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust, and Chair, Environment Forum, National Farmers Union

Dr Tim Fox

Chair, Process Industries Division, IMechE

Claire Haigh

Chief Executive, Greener Journeys

Simon Tilling

Partner, Environment & Energy, Burges Salmon

Conor McCone

UK Carbon Manager, Skanska

Nigel Riglar

Director for Environment and Community Services, South Gloucestershire Council