Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

Climate adaptation in the UK: latest on developing resilient infrastructure, channeling investment and environmental protection

Morning, Tuesday, 19th November 2019

Central London


This seminar will be a timely opportunity to discuss priorities for climate change adaptation - including discussion around resilient infrastructure, environmental governance and the impact of policy developments.

The Committee on Climate Change (CCC) recently-published progress report on Progress in preparing for climate change highlighted a lack of preparedness across sectors in England for a 2°C rise in global temperature, let alone more extreme warming. The agenda includes a keynote contribution from the Chair of the Adaption Sub-Committee at the CCC, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, on climate change resilience and the Committee’s recommendations.

Following the announcement that the Government will legislate a target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, and the CCC’s 2019 Progress Report on Reducing UK emissions, and with the Environment Bill expected to be released early next parliament, delegates will examine how to tackle the challenges for delivering such significant change - including priorities for:

  • decarbonising homes, energy and agriculture;
  • improving resource use and efficiency; and
  • maintaining industry competitiveness.

With the Green finance strategy setting out the Government’s approach to aligning economic growth with commitments to tackle climate change, we expect discussion on new opportunities for investment in sustainable projects, as well as the potential impact of the strategy on helping the UK reach its net-zero emissions target.

Areas for discussion include the use of public funds to encourage greater private investment in green projects and the development of innovative approaches to demonstrating the success of investments in low carbon, resilience and natural capital.

Keynote Speaker

Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Alan Law

Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England

Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water Services

Baroness Brown of Cambridge

Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change

Dr Tony Grayling

Director, Sustainable Business and Development, Environment Agency

Alastair Mant

Head of Business Transformation, UK Green Building Council


Sandy Martin MP

Shadow Minister, Waste and Recycling and Member, House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee


Dr Hans-Martin F├╝ssel

Expert - Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation, European Environment Agency

Nigel Riglar

Chair, Local Adaptation Advisory Panel and Director, Communities & Environmental Services, South Gloucestershire Council

Vicki Hird

Campaign Coordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain

Simon Tilling

Partner, Burges Salmon

Marie-Justine Labelle

Consultant, Sustainability & Climate Change, PwC UK