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

Congress Centre, 28 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS


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

Delegates will discuss key issues raised in the recently published Committee on Climate Change 2019 Progress Report to Parliament including:

  • Concerns about the preparedness of key sectors for minimal global warming;
  • Policies and national plans not taking sufficient account of climate change, in sectors such as agriculture, the natural environment, health, and infrastructure; and
  • The challenge for government to provide further resources, strengthened governance and more action on urgent risks.

Keynote speakers include: Kathryn Brown, Committee on Climate Change; Dr Hans-Martin Füssel, European Environment Agency; Dr Tony Grayling, Environment Agency; Daniel Johns, Anglian Water Services; Alastair Mant, UK Green Building Council, Dr Liz O’Driscoll, Consultant Director, Global City Futures; and Nigel Riglar, South Gloucestershire Council.

The agenda

  • The National Progress Report - monitoring progress, identifying vulnerabilities, and policy recommendations;
  • Adaptation and environmental protection strategies - natural infrastructure design, boosting resource resilience, and setting guidance;
  • Climate change preparedness - environmental governance reform, protecting public goods, and the Green Finance Strategy;
  • The energy system - adaptation priorities for efficiency, infrastructure resilience, and the low-carbon transition;
  • Boosting climate resilience:
    • Local adaptation strategies - and addressing urban vulnerabilities to climate risks;
    • Sustainable housing - building standards reform, overcoming investment challenges and enhancing property-level flood resilience;
    • Green spaces and biodiversity - strategic planning, green infrastructure, and species and habitat protection;
    • Urban water systems - resilience, enhancing surface water drainage capacity and improving flood management;
    • The role of adaptation in progressing towards net-zero emissions by 2050.

Engagement with policy officials at this conference

This Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum conference has attracted particularly strong interest from policymakers. It will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: BEIS; Cabinet Office; CCC; Defra; DFID; DfT; DIT; DWP; Environment Agency; HMRC; HM Treasury; HSE; Isle of Man Government; Marine Scotland Science; MHCLG; Office of Rail and Road; Ofwat; Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office; The Crown Estate; UK Space Agency and the Welsh Government.

Keynote Speakers

Alastair Mant

Head of Business Transformation, UK Green Building Council

Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water Services

Kathryn Brown

Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change

Keynote Speakers

Daniel Johns

Head of Public Affairs, Anglian Water Services

Alastair Mant

Head of Business Transformation, UK Green Building Council

Dr Liz O’Driscoll

Consultant Director, Global City Futures

Kathryn Brown

Head of Adaptation, Committee on Climate Change


Lizaveta Troshka

Senior Sustainability Consultant, AECOM

John Dora

Chair, National Infrastructure Operators' Adaptation Forum, and Fellow, Institution of Civil Engineers


Neil Brown

Chief Risk Officer, Earth Capital

Sanjay Johal

Community Engagement Manager, National Flood Forum

Judicaelle Hammond

Director of Policy and Advice, CLA

Dr Hans-Martin Füssel

Expert - Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation, European Environment Agency

Nigel Riglar

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

Senior Consultant confirmed from PwC UK

Vicki Hird

Campaign Coordinator, Food and Farming Policy, Sustain

Simon Tilling

Partner, Burges Salmon