Climate Change 2017
Politics, progress and potential
The major political changes of the past year could have significant implications for global action on climate change. A new US presidential administration has ushered in dramatic changes to US climate-related regulation and raised questions about the US’s commitment to the Paris Agreement; and the triggering of Article 50 and commencement of Brexit negotiations could have considerable impact on European energy and climate policy.
In this context, the ambition of policy-makers internationally to take action on climate change needs to be reassessed. In the lead-up to the first 'global stocktake' in 2018, the practical challenges of emissions reductions persist and a step change is needed to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.
This 21st annual Chatham House Climate Change conference will address:
- Global climate policies and the dynamics of international leadership of the climate change agenda;
- Climate change-related risks to financial markets and efforts to manage these;
- Under-realized mitigation opportunities (such as land use, international transport and heavy industries);
- The extent of carbon pricing schemes and the prospects for expansion;
- Climate change risk reduction within markets and supply chains.
The Chatham House Rule
To enable as open a debate as possible, this conference will be held under the Chatham House Rule.
Monday 9 October
Session One | The Global Context
This session will explore the nexus between changes in the real economy, climate politics and international negotiations and consider the implications for meeting climate objectives.
- How might the current US administration impact domestic and international climate change ambitions? How could this affect the leadership dynamics of the international climate change agenda?
- To what extent has progress been made in decarbonizing the real economy
- What are the prospects for the 2018 stocktake and facilitative dialogue?
Session Two | Climate Change and Financial Markets
Concern about the financial system’s exposure to climate risks is growing among regulators, financial institutions and investors. Various initiatives are under way to improve transparency and risk management, including the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) which reports to the G20 in 2017. This session will explore climate-related risks to the financial system and explore the opportunities to mitigate or manage them.
- What are the most significant systemic climate risks and how can these be managed effectively?
- What are the implications of the TCFD’s recommendations and how should these be taken forward?
- How can the most promising initiatives to enhance corporate governance and transparency relating to climate risk be developed?
Session Three | 1.5°C – What does it mean?
The Paris Agreement obliges governments to pursue efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C, and it invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to publish a special report on the impacts at this level of warming, as well as associated emissions pathways. This session will explore the implications of the 1.5°C target.
- What is the available science on the consequences of a 1.5°C global temperature increase and what is expected from the IPCC special report?
- What role should negative emissions technologies and geoengineering play in climate change mitigation?
- What are the implications of a 1.5°C target for climate-vulnerable countries?
Session Four | Pricing Carbon
A growing proportion of emissions are subject to some form of carbon pricing, however coverage remains patchy and average prices are too low. This session will explore the extent of carbon pricing and the prospects for expansion.
- What is next for the EU Emission Trading Scheme and China’s emissions trading pilot schemes?
- What are the opportunities for enhanced international cooperation on carbon pricing?
- How can the politics of carbon pricing be managed?
1730 Close of day one and drinks reception
Tuesday 10 October
Session Five | Untapped Mitigation Potential
Achieving climate goals demands a step change in the rate of emissions reductions. This session will examine where underexploited opportunities for rapid or extensive emissions reductions lie and how they can be realized.
- What is the progress for carbon reductions in the so-called ‘difficult’ sectors such as land use, international transport and heavy industries?
- How can reduction of emissions of short-lived greenhouse gases contribute?
- What are the opportunities for action by governments, businesses and cities?
Session Six | Adaptation and Risk Reduction
Even in the most ambitious emissions reductions scenarios, climate impacts will become more extreme and more dangerous. This session will hear from the front lines of climate change about the opportunities and challenges of adaptation.
- How can more resilient markets and supply chains be developed?
- How can cities and infrastructure be future-proofed against climate impacts?
- In what ways will agriculture need to adapt?
- What are the risks of climate tipping points, where irreversible, significant environmental changes occur rapidly, and what might these entail?
1300 End of conference
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Pricing and booking information
Register by Friday 7 July 2017 to benefit from the early booking rate.
Ways to book:
- Phone: Call Louisa Troughton on +44 (0)20 7957 5727
- Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
- Email / Post: Download a PDF registration form, complete and return to Charlotte Laycock via email or post: Chatham House, 10 St. James’s Square, London, SW1Y 4LE
EARLY RATE (+VAT):
|FULL RATE (+VAT): |
AFTER 7 JULY
|Partners and major corporate members|
|Standard corporate members|
|NGOs and academics||£440||£540|
|NGOs and academics||£490||£595|
Your delegate pass includes:
- Conference attendance
- Lunch and refreshments
Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.
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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.
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.
13 Half Moon Street
London - W1J 7BH
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
Classic Double without breakfast: £195 +VAT
The Cavendish London
81 Jermyn Street
London - SW1U 6JF
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7930 2111
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7839 2125
Classic Room without breakfast: £205 +VAT
The Stafford London
St James's Place
London - SW1A 1NJ
Tel: 020 7493 0111
Fax: 020 7493 7121
Classic Queen without breakfast: £247 +VAT
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