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Climate Change 2010

The way forward in a post-Copenhagen world

23 Sep 2010 - 00:00 to 25 Sep 2010 - 00:00

Chatham House, London

What are the prospects for international climate governance?

The Chatham House Conference on Climate Change 2010, Climate Change: The way forward in a post-Copenhagen world will ask whether an international deal on climate will be reached in the next year. If not, what alternative forms of governance will emerge and what practical steps governments and business can take.

Political leaders, chief negotiators, experts, analysts and heads of business from developed and developing countries will offer insights into crucial issues including:

  • The politics and key elements of a climate deal
  • Alternative and complementary routes to climate agreement
  • Prospects for long-term finance for adaptation, mitigation, and forest
  • How national policy can create conditions to stimulate investment
  • Can business lead on climate action

  • Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP

    • Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change
  • Halldor Thorgeirsson

    • Director, Bali Road Map Support
  • Peter Witt

    • Head, Brussels Liaison Office
  • Ambassador Luis Alfonso De Alba

    • Special Representative for Climate Change
  • Lord Browne of Madingley

    • Managing Director
  • Yvo de Boer

    • Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability
  • Simon Brooks CB

    • UK Vice President
  • David Capper

    • Head of Team, International Climate Policy
  • Carolyn Fischer

    • Senior Fellow
  • Peter Gutman

    • Global Head of Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance
  • Fiona Harvey

    • Environment Correspondent
  • Jörg Haas

    • Programme Director, Climate Diplomacy
  • Kirsty Hamilton

    • Associate Fellow
  • Caio Koch-Weser

    • Vice Chairman
  • Bernice Lee

    • Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance
  • Nick Mabey

    • Chief Executive and Founding Director
  • Simon Maxwell CBE

    • Executive Chair
  • Jennifer Morgan

    • Director, Climate Change and Energy Programme
  • Brooks Preston

    • Principal
  • Nick Robins

    • Head, Climate Change Centre
  • Professor Julia Slingo OBE

    • Chief Scientist
  • Ole Beier Sorensen

    • Chief of Strategy and Research, ATP and
  • Dr Graeme Sweeney

    • Executive Vice President, CO2
  • Nigel Topping

    • Chief Innovation Officer
  • Peter Vis

    • Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Hedegaard
  • Michael Wilshire

    • Director of Analysis
  • Peter Zapfel

    • Head of Policy Coordination, Directorate General Climate Action

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Day One
Thursday 23 September

09.30 Session One
The UN Process

  • Can the Copenhagen Accord become a full legal treaty in 2010?
  • On key issues, what will be progress in 2010 from the Copenhagen Accord to the UN talks in Mexico COP16?
    o Assessing the emissions reduction pledges - are they enough?
    o Fast track finance - sources of finance, targets
    o Technology diffusion
    o The impact on investments in the energy sector
  • Will multilateral agreement on climate action happen? What will the political groupings be and what will parties ask for?
  • What can be done to facilitate the UN process? Should the talks be 'multi-track'?

Opening Remarks
Bernice Lee
Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resource Governance
Chatham House

Chair
Nick Mabey
Chief Executive
E3G Third Generation Environmentalism

Keynote Speaker
Halldor Thorgeirsson (on the record)
Director Bali Road Map Support
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Speakers
Luis Alfonso De Alba
Special Representative for Climate Change, Mexico

Jennifer Morgan
Director, Climate and Energy Programme
World Resources Institute

Jörg Haas
Programme Director, Climate Diplomacy
European Climate Foundation

10.55 Refreshments

11.25 Moderated questions and discussion

11.55 Climate Science and the Public

  • How can climate science feed effectively into policy? What are the communication issues around climate science?
  • Is limiting climate change to 2Ëš possible? If not, what implications does this have for funding?

Speaker
Julia Slingo OBE
Chief Scientist
The Met Office Hadley Centre for Climate Research

12.20 Lunch kindly sponsored by The City of London

13.20 Session Two
Political Leadership and Practical Action

  • What are the complementary and supporting routes to agreement on climate action? The EU presidency? The G20? Bilateral agreements between major players?
  • Can and will sub-national, national and regional agreements reduce greenhouse gas emissions?
  • Are there any 'quick-win' multipliers for climate action?

Chair
Fiona Harvey
Environment Correspondent
Financial Times

Speaker
Peter Vis
Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Hedegaard, Commissioner for Climate Action
European Commission

Simon Maxwell
Executive Chair
Climate and Development Knowledge Network

Jennifer Morgan

Questions and discussion

14.35 Refreshments

15.00 The role of business in climate action

  • If prospects for international agreement look uncertain, can business lead on climate action? What opportunities do carbon constraints bring?
  • How significant can sectoral and cross-sectoral action on climate change be?
  • What are businesses' responses to the proposal for an EU emissions reduction target of 30% by 2020?

Chair
Nigel Topping
Chief Innovation Officer
Carbon Disclosure Project

Keynote Speaker
Peter Witt
Head, Brussels Liaison Office
Siemens AG

Speakers
Dr Graeme Sweeney
Executive Vice President, CO2
Shell International Petroleum Company Ltd

Yvo de Boer
Special Global Advisor, Climate Change and Sustainability
KPMG

16.30 Keynote Address
Chris Huhne (on the record)
Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, UK

17.00 End of Day One and drinks reception hosted by Chatham House

09.30 Day Two
Friday 24 September

Session Three
Finance and Investment

This session will examine some new developments in international and national policies for public funding of climate adaptation, mitigation, and forests, and for stimulating private finance and investment.

  • Given existing fiscal constraints, what kind of long term funding of adaptation, mitigation, and forests is possible?
  • What should the institutional architecture for public funds be? How can public money most effectively provide leverage for private investment?

Chair
Bernice Lee
Research Director, Energy, Environmnet and Resource Governance
Chatham House

Caio Koch-Weser
Vice Chairman
Deutsche Bank Group

In conversation with

Lord Browne of Madingley
Managing Partner
Riverstone Europe LLP

Chair
Nick Robins
Head, Climate Change Centre
HSBC Holdings plc

Speakers
The scale of global investment in sustainable energy
Michael Wilshire
Head of Analysis
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

The role of public funds
Simon Brooks CB
UK Vice President
European Investment Bank

Cap-and-trade or alternatives in the USA
Carolyn Fischer
Senior Fellow
Resources for the Future

Prospects for global carbon trading
Peter Zapfel
Head of Policy Coordination, Directorate General Climate Action
European Commission

11.35 Refreshments

12.00 Investment and 'investment grade' policy

  • Investors have been reinforcing the need for 'investment grade' policy at national level. What actions on both policy and public finance will create the best conditions to stimulate investment? What are the innovative mechanisms to deliver finance?

Chair
Kirsty Hamilton
Associate Fellow
Chatham House

High level moderated private investor roundtable

David Capper
Head of Team, International Climate Policy
Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

Peter Gutman
Global Head of Renewable Energy and Environmental Finance
Standard Chartered Bank

Ole Beier Sorensen
Chief of Strategy and Research
ATP

Brooks Preston
Principal
Wolfensohn UK Ltd

13.20 Lunch and end of conference

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This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions.