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Conference

Climate Action in the New Global Economic Order

The annual Chatham House Climate Change conference

10 Oct 2011 - 09:30 to 11 Oct 2011 - 13:00

Chatham House, London

Negotiations on climate action are taking place in an era of rapid economic change.

The 15th Annual Chatham House Conference on Climate Change will assess the prospects for progress on climate action at the UN talks in Durban and in other spheres.

  • What progress can be expected at the UN talks in Durban and what level of climate change are they on track to prevent?
  • As developed countries cut back on spending, what are the prospects for action on climate?
  • How do national climate plans link in with the global framework?
  • How will the global energy mix be affected by Middle East turmoil and nuclear crisis in Japan? Will renewables lose out to shale gas and CCS?
  • Will new 'green growth' investment banks succeed in driving low carbon economies?
  • Opportunities exists to move quickly and gain ground in 'clean tech', but will this be lost without swift government action? 

  • Duncan Brack

    • Special Advisor
  • Edward Cameron

    • Director, International Climate Initiative
  • Antony Froggatt

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Nick Gardiner

    • Director, Energy, Power & Infrastructure - Europe
  • Manoelle Lepoutre

    • Senior Vice President, Sustainable Development and Environment
  • Nick Mabey

    • CEO & Founding Director
  • Simon Maxwell

    • Executive Chair
  • Dr Gilbert Metcalf

    • Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy
  • Catherine Mitchell

    • Professor of Energy Policy
  • Tom Mitchell

    • Head of Programme, Climate Change, Environment and Forests
  • Professor Julia Slingo

    • Chief Scientist
  • Christiana Figueres

    • Executive Secretary
  • Rachel Kyte

    • Vice President and Head of Network, Sustainable Development
  • Jörg Ranau

    • Deputy Director-General, Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development
  • Paul Stevens

    • Senior Research Fellow
  • Dr Graeme Sweeney

    • Executive Vice President CO2
  • Michael Wilshire

    • Director of Analysis
  • Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada

    • Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Mexico
  • Fintan Whelan

    • Co-founder and Corporate Finance Director
  • Peter Zapfel

    • Head of Policy Coordination, DG Climate Action

This conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
Information for journalists

Press can request a press pass using the form below.

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Alison Archer on +44 (0)20 7314 3643 or email aarcher@chathamhouse.org.

 



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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7957 5700
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710


Accommodation

Although we cannot book accommodation for delegates, we have arranged a reduced rate at some nearby hotels, where you can book your own accommodation. Please inform the hotel that you will be attending a conference at Chatham House (The Royal Institute of International Affairs) to qualify for the Institute's reduced rate.

Please note all rates are subject to availability.

Flemings Mayfair
Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London W1Y 7RA
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Standard Single £168.50 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London
SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Standard Single £188 + VAT

To book The Cavendish online

Day One Monday 10 October

9.30 am Session One
National Climate Strategies

What are the prospects for action on climate in an era of austerity?

  • To what extent do national climate plans link in with the global framework?
  • What are the prospects for action on climate in an era of austerity? In a context of drastic cuts, how will policymakers win the support of the public?
  • In the developed world, recession means that emissions targets are more easily met.  Does this reduce the political drive that is required for economic transformation? What energy efficiency and low carbon investments need to be in place to avoid huge emissions rises with economic recovery?
  • Can austerity drive innovation?
  • What is the level of ambition in emerging economies on climate change?

Chair
Bernice Lee OBE
Research Director
Energy, Environment and Resource Governance Programme
Chatham House


Keynote Speaker
Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada  (on the record)
Minister of Environment and Natural Resources
Mexico

Speakers
Peter Zapfel
Head of Policy Coordination, DG Climate Action
European Commission

Bernice Lee OBE

10.30     Questions & Discussion

11.00-11.30    Refreshments

11.30 Session Two
Climate Action in Developing Countries
Costs, benefits and finance

  • To what extent are political and business leaders in developing countries focusing on resilience, adaptation and low carbon growth?
  • What is driving climate change action in developing countries?
  • Is fast-track finance pledge fulfilment hampered by austerity in developed economies?
  • Projected demands for adaptation finance; the governance and institutions that are needed to channel and deliver finance; are there enough ‘shovel-ready’ projects to finance?
  • What are the roles of business and private finance in adaptation?
  • What are the challenges posed by the current institutional architecture for climate finance and what are the prospects for a Green Climate Fund addressing these?

Chair
Duncan Brack
Special Advisor
Department of Energy and Climate Change, UK

Keynote Speaker
Rachel Kyte  (on the record)
Vice President and Head of Network, Sustainable Development
The World Bank

Speakers
Simon Maxwell CBE
Executive Chair
Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Dr Tom Mitchell
Head of Programme, Climate Change, Environment and Forests
Overseas Development Institute

12.20 Questions and discussion

Simon Maxwell CBE
   
Dr Tom Mitchell

Dr Gilbert Metcalf
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy
US Department of the Treasury

13.00 – 14.15 Lunch

14.15 Session Three
The UN Process

  • What level of climate change is the UN Process on track to prevent?
    What progress is likely to be made towards agreement in Durban, in what areas?
  • What political conditions are needed for binding agreement to be reached? 
  • Is a shift in the relationship between developed and developing countries occurring at the UN negotiations?
  • What is needed to bring developing countries in to a global climate deal?
    When Kyoto expires, what then?
  • Do governments have the institutional resources they need to reach agreement?
  • Environmental and political change is rapid, constant, and unpredictable.  How can rule-making incorporate and respond to rapid change? 
  • What place does science have in risk assessment?
  • Where does business fit into international climate change discussions?

Chair
Nick Mabey
Chief Executive and Founding Director
E3G

Keynote Speakers
Christiana Figueres (on the record)
Executive Secretary
United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change

Dr Graeme Sweeney (on the record)
Executive Vice President, CO2
Shell

15.15 – 15.45 Refreshments

Speakers
Edward Cameron
Director, International Climate Initiative
World Resources Institute

Professor Julia Slingo
Chief Scientist
Met Office

16.45    Questions and discussion

17.15     Summary from the Chair

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

 

 

Day Two Tuesday 11 October

09.30 Session Four
Changing Dynamics in the Energy Sector

  • Energy systems require fundamental change to reduce carbon emissions, but markets are not leading change quickly enough. To achieve systemic change what should governments do? 
  • What impact will the nuclear crisis in Japan have on the world’s developing energy mix? 
  • Is shale gas a game-changer? What impact will it have on investment in renewables?
  • How close are we to a new era for renewables and low carbon energy use?

Chair
Antony Froggatt
Senior Research Fellow
Chatham House
 
Speakers
Jörg Ranau
Deputy Director-General, Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Germany

Catherine Mitchell
Professor of Energy Policy
University of Exeter

Paul Stevens
Senior Research Fellow
Chatham House

Manoelle Lepoutre
Executive Vice President Sustainable Development and Environment
Total

Fintan Whelan
Co-founder and Corporate Finance Director
Mainstream Renewable Power

10.45    Questions & Discussion

11.30 – 12.00 Refreshments

Panel Discussion: Low Carbon Energy Investment

In the light of the energy context already discussed, what are the roles of policy, and public and private finance in building low carbon energy systems?

  • Overview of investment in low carbon energy systems, including in fast-growing emerging economies
  • High oil prices make investments in low carbon energy more attractive, but uncertainty persists because oil prices are volatile.  What policies need to be in place to provide certainty and stimulate adequate investment to scale up low carbon energy generation and use?
  • Will new ‘green growth’ investment banks succeed in driving growth whilst locking in low carbon energy systems? What are the underlying drivers for economic transformation and how can these be accelerated?

Chair
Kirsty Hamilton
Associate Fellow
Chatham House
 
Panel
Michael Wilshire
Director of Analysis
Bloomberg New Energy Finance

Dr Gilbert Metcalf
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Energy
U.S. Department of the Treasury

Nick Gardiner
Director, Energy, Power & Infrastructure - Europe
BNP Paribas

12.30     Questions and discussion

13.00    Lunch and end of conference

© The Royal Institute of International Affairs, 2011

This conference will offer a unique opportunity to network with senior officials from businesses, government and academic institutions.
Our previous Climate Change conferences saw delegates from the following companies and institutions:


Accenture
Action for a Global Climate Community
Amnesty International (International Secretariat)
ArcelorMittal
AREVA
Arup Associates Ltd
Baltic Sea Solutions
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
BG Group plc
Booz & Co
BP Alternative Energy Limited
BP plc
British Council
BT
C40 Cities
Carbon Disclosure Project
Carbon Trust
Centre for International Business Technologies (CIBT)
Chevron Corporation
Christian Aid
Chubu Electric Power
Cisco Systems
Clifford Chance LLP
Climate Strategies
Cogen Nederland
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)
Conocophillips (UK) Limited
Control Risks
Credaris Porfolio Management
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC)
Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Canada
Deutsche Bank AG
Eden Project
EDF Energy
EDF R&D
Eni S.p.A
ENWORKS
European Investment Bank
Export Credits Guarantee Department (ECGD)
FIA Foundation for the Automobile and Society
Finnish Institute of International Affairs
Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO)
Foundation for Science and Technology
Genesis Investment Management LLP
GLG Partners LP
German Marshall Fund of the United States
Global Humanitarian Forum
Global Solutions Initiative Organization
Global Witness
HM Treasury
House of Commons (Environmental Audit Committee)
House of Commons (Trade and Industry Select Committee)
HSBC Holdings plc
IEA Clean Coal Centre
IFOK Gmbh
Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)
International Association of Oil & Gas Producers
International Finance Corporation (IFC)
International Petroleum Industry Environmental Conservation (IPIECA)
Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC)
Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO)
Japan Oil, Gas, Metals National Corp (JOGMEC)
JPMorgan Securities Ltd
Kokusai Asset Management Co Ltd
KPMG LLP
Kuwait Petroleum Corporation
London Energy Brokers' Association
London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Luther Pendragon
Maersk Oil & Gas
McKinsey & Company
Mitsubishi Corporation
Mitsui & Co UK PLC
Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OVE ARUP and Partners International Ltd
Oxfam Great Britain
Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP
Privy Council Office
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP)
Rio Tinto plc
Rolls-Royce International Limited
Schlumberger Oilfield UK Plc
Serco Group plc
Shell Chemicals Limited
Shell International Limited
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)
Standard Chartered Bank (Global Markets Division)
StatoilHydro
Stockholm Network
Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation SDC
Tearfund
Terrestrial Carbon Group
The Climate Group
The Royal Society
The Venturing Firm Limited
TNK-BP
Tokyo Electric Power Company
Total UK Ltd
UN Foundation
UNICEF UK
US Department of State
Virgin Atlantic Airways
World Coal Institute
World Economic Forum
World Trade Organization
WWF-UK
Xynteo Ltd