Next Steps for UK Climate Change Policy – the Future of Net-Zero Ambitions, Decarbonisation and Transition, COP27 and the Legacy of COP26
This conference will assess the future of climate change policy in the UK
It is bringing together stakeholders with policymakers to look ahead to COP27, and to consider progress and next steps for government net-zero strategy with the UK’s COP presidency drawing to a close.
With new political leadership in government, delegates will discuss the way forward for net-zero ambitions and what is now needed from policy, key stakeholders, research, and other enablers if decarbonisation targets are to be met by 2050.
The conference will be a timely opportunity to examine recently announced plans, including:
- the Net Zero review into how best to deliver the net-zero target without placing undue burdens on businesses or consumers
- the launch of a new oil and gas licensing round
- the lifting of the moratorium on UK shale gas production
It also follows the Climate Change Committee’s 2022 Progress Report to Parliament, which concluded that “current programmes will not deliver Net Zero”, and the High Court’s ruling that the Government’s net-zero strategy breaches its obligations under the Climate Change Act 2008.
Overall, sessions in the agenda include:
- climate change – assessing targets, current progress, and thinking – next steps for the UK
- climate patterns – latest thinking on trends and the impact of anthropogenic activities
- protecting nature and the environment – priorities for policy and stakeholders to reduce potential impacts going forward
- legislative options – developing the necessary legal and regulatory frameworks – priorities for the planning needed to meet environmental obligations
- decarbonising key sectors – looking at agriculture, transport, and energy – ways forward for reducing emissions at the scale and pace required
- funding a net-zero transition – long-term strategic options – key issues for businesses, investors, consumers and policy
- net-zero – meeting 2050 targets and options to align work with pro-growth and pro-business agendas
- policy and governance – priorities for reducing emissions and developing long-term strategies for climate action – assessing the legacy of COP26, outcomes from COP27 and beyond
We are pleased to be able to include a keynote session with Chris Stark, Chief Executive, Climate Change Committee; and further keynote contributions from Professor Liz Bentley, Chief Executive, Royal Meteorological Society; Mike Childs, Head of Science, Policy and Research, Friends of the Earth; and Alan Law, Deputy Chief Executive, Natural England.
The conference will be an opportunity for stakeholders to consider the issues alongside key policy officials who are due to attend from BEIS; Defra; DAERA, NI; Department for Infrastructure, NI; Department of Finance, NI; DfT; Northern Ireland Assembly; the ORR; The Scottish Government; and the Welsh Government.