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Climate Change 2015

Building Agreement Towards 2°C, Paris and Beyond

26 Oct 2015 - 09:30 to 27 Oct 2015 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

With the deadline for a UN climate deal fast approaching, what are the prospects for limiting global warming to 2°C?

The US and China’s commitments to reduce carbon emissions give cause for optimism, but it is increasingly clear that national mitigation commitments will not together prevent dangerous anthropogenic climate change. The 19th Annual Chatham House Climate Change Conference will assess what steps must be taken to complete a deal and discuss the roles of non-state actors in building an effective international climate regime. Looking beyond Paris, it will consider the prospects for implementation and explore what mechanisms are needed to achieve long-term climate objectives. 

In particular, the conference will consider questions including:

  • How can different stakeholders ensure a positive outcome from Paris? 
  • What tools can help to assess key climate risks and establish global consensus on mitigation priorities? 
  • Can a long-term implementation goal provide the predictability that businesses need to invest in infrastructure and other assets with long-term horizons?
  • What policies and new technologies can accelerate the decoupling of economic growth from use of resources? 
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of reducing the impact of the global food system on the climate?

The Chatham House Rule 
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule. 

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Pricing

For any questions about which rate applies to you, please call +44 (0)20 7314 2785. 

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Major corporate member rates  
All organizations£625£750
Corporate member rates  
Commercial organizations£1,360£1,632
Government departments£795£954
NGOs and academics£525£630
Standard rates  
Commercial organizations£1,495£1,794 
Government departments£895£1,074
NGOs and academics£580£696
 

Monday 26 October
09:20

Session One | Measuring Progress and Completing the Deal 
09:20 – 11:30

  • Given recent developments, what outcomes can realistically be expected from the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties (COP21) in Paris?
  • How have things changed since Copenhagen in 2009?
  • Can the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) build the momentum needed for ambitious long-term climate action?
  • Beyond the UNFCCC process, which new business initiatives and unilateral climate actions give cause for optimism? 

Chair’s opening remarks
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Keynote addresses (on the record)
Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC)
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Climate Change, United Kingdom 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Macharia Kamau, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the UN, and Co facilitator of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda
Mark Kenber, CEO, The Climate Group
Niklas Höhne, Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute​
Zoe Knight, Managing Director and Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC

Questions and discussion

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshments

Session Two | Prospects for Long-Term Global Climate Action
12:00 – 13:10

  • How can COP21 in Paris establish a framework for ambitious climate action?
  • What is needed for a credible deal and what would a sound mechanism to review and strengthen targets look like?
  • How will governments be held accountable for meeting their targets, and how will this be verified?
  • How will questions of fairness and differentiation between developed and developing countries be managed?
  • What is needed for Paris to send a clear and strong signal to business and investors?

Chair
Farhana Yamin, Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Speakers
Jeremy Bentham, Vice President, Global Business Environment, Shell
Sandrine Dixson-Declève, Head, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership EU Office, and Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group
Artur Runge-Metzger, Director for International and Climate Strategy, European Commission
Guido Schmidt-Traub, Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Questions and discussion

13:10 – 14:30 Lunch

Session Three | Assessing Climate Risks
14:30 – 15:40

  • What tools can be used to evaluate climate risks and identify priority areas for action?   
  • Which sectors pose the greatest challenges and how can they be overcome? 
  • What are the risks of overshooting the 2°c pathway? What would be the implications for future mitigation and adaptation efforts?
  • What are the limits for human adaptation should global temperatures rise by 3°c to 4°c? 

Chair
Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, The World Bank 

Speakers
Simon Sharpe, Head of Climate Strategy and Communications Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office
Ernst Rauch, Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re
Giza Gaspar-Martins, Director for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Angola, and Chair, Least Developed Countries Group, UNFCCC
Lorenz Petersen, Director Climate Change, Rural Development and Infrastructure, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Questions and discussion

15:40 – 16:20 Refreshments

Session Four | Future Climate Finance
16:20 – 17:30

  • What will be the role of finance in closing the post-Paris emissions gap? 
  • Given the finite amounts of available capital where does it need to be invested? Where are the gaps and imbalances and what is the role of public finance and policy in addressing this?
  • Can shareholders balance fossil fuel divestment with their fiduciary responsibility?
  • How can financial policy and regulation address climate risk and harness the assets with the global financial system?

Chair
Professor Michael Grubb, Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London

Speakers
Mark Campanale, Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative 
Rachel Kyte, Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, The World Bank 
Pascal Canfin, Senior Adviser for International Climate Affairs, World Resources Institute
Nick Robins, Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP 

Questions and discussion

17:30 Close of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House


Tuesday 27 October 
09:30 

Chair
Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair, Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Keynote addresses
Laurence Tubiana, Ambassador for Climate Change Negotiations, France, and Special Representative for the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21)​
Tony de Brum, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of the Marshall Islands

Questions and discussion 

Session Five | Reducing the Climate Impact of Food – Challenges and Opportunities
10:20 – 11:30 

  • To what extent does the global food system contribute to climate change?
  • What are the prospects for reducing food system emissions through policies aimed at production and consumption?
  • What are the co-benefits of low-carbon agriculture and low-carbon diets? 

Chair
Simon Maxwell, Executive Chair, Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Speakers
Tara Garnett, Founder​, Food Climate Research Network
Jo Tyndall, Ambassador for Climate Change, New Zealand
Jan Zijderveld, President Europe, Unilever
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Questions and discussion

11:30 – 12:00 Refreshments

Session Six | After Paris: Implementation and Beyond
12:00 – 13:15

Moderated panel discussion

  • What global mechanisms, policy reforms and other measures are needed to ensure Intended Nationally Determined Contributions are implemented Does the challenge of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals simplify or complicate things?
  • How will climate politics need to shift if INDC ambition is to be increased?
  • What are the opportunities for action among municipal and other non-state actors?
  • What will be the role of civil society in raising ambition and holding governments to account in a future of soft climate governance? 

Moderator
Professor Sir David King, UK Special Representative for Climate Change

Panellists
Monsignor Antoine Camilleri, Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Holy See
Liz Gallagher, Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader, E3G
Tetsunari Iida, Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan
Shane Tomlinson, Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Questions and discussion

13:15 End of conference

 

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Keynote Speakers

Speakers

Rob Bailey to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Rob Bailey

Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Jeremy Bentham to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Jeremy Bentham

Vice President, Global Business Environment, Shell

Hanne Bjurstrøm to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Hanne Bjurstrøm

Co-Chair, Climate and Clean Air Coalition, and Special Climate Envoy, Norway

Mark Campanale to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Mark Campanale

Founder & Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative

Monsignor Antoine Camilleri to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Monsignor Antoine Camilleri

Under-Secretary for Relations with States, Holy See

Pascal Canfin to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Pascal Canfin

Senior Adviser for International Climate Affairs, World Resources Institute

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Sandrine Dixson-Decleve

Head, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership EU Office, and Director, The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Liz Gallagher to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Liz Gallagher

Climate Diplomacy Programme Leader, E3G

Tara Garnett to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Tara Garnett

Founder, Food Climate Research Network

Professor Michael Grubb to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Professor Michael Grubb

Professor of International Energy and Climate Change Policy, Institute of Sustainable Resources, University College London

Niklas Höhne to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Niklas Höhne

Founding Partner, NewClimate Institute

Tetsunari Iida to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Tetsunari Iida

Executive Director, Institute for Sustainable Energy Policies, Japan

Macharia Kamau to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Macharia Kamau

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Kenya to the UN, and Co facilitator of the Intergovernmental Negotiations on the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Mark Kenber to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Mark Kenber

CEO, The Climate Group

Sir David King to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Sir David King

Special Representative for Climate Change, UK

Zoe Knight to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Zoe Knight

Managing Director and Head of the Climate Change Centre of Excellence, HSBC

Rachel Kyte to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Rachel Kyte

Vice President and Special Envoy for Climate Change, the World Bank

Giza Gaspar Martins to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Giza Gaspar Martins

Director for Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Angola, and Chair, Least Developed Countries Group, UNFCCC

Simon Maxwell

Executive Chair, Climate & Development Knowledge Network

Lorenz Petersen

Director Climate Change, Rural Development and Infrastructure, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)

Ernst Rauch to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Ernst Rauch

Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re

Nick Robins to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Nick Robins

Co-Director, Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System, UNEP

Artur Runge-Metzger

Director for International and Climate Strategy, European Commission

Guido Schmidt Traub to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Guido Schmidt-Traub

Executive Director, UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network

Simon Sharpe

Head of Climate Strategy and Communications Team, Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Shane Tomlinson

Senior Research Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Jo Tyndall to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Jo Tyndall

Ambassador for Climate Change, New Zealand

Farhana Yamin

Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Jan Zijderveld to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Jan Zijderveld

President – Europe, Unilever


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If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please call Kamil Hussain on +44 (0)20 7957 5783 or email khussain@chathamhouse.org.

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Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
conferences@chathamhouse.org

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7957 5729
Fax: +44 (0)20 7957 5710

If you wish to book the venue for your own event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

Directions
The nearest tube station is Piccadilly Circus which is on the Piccadilly and the Bakerloo Underground lines. From Piccadilly follow Regent Street southwards towards Pall Mall and take the first road on the right called Jermyn Street. Duke of York Street is the second road on the left and leads to St James's Square. Chatham House is immediately on your right.

Map

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 - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817

Standard Single from £199 + VAT

The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1Y 6JF

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125

Standard Single £205 + VAT

Book The Cavendish online

The Stafford London 
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ

Tel: 020 7518 1125
Fax: 020 7493 7121

Standard Single £230 +VAT

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