Conference

Climate Change 2017

Politics, progress and potential

9 Oct 2017 - 09:00 to 10 Oct 2017 - 13:30

Chatham House, London

Overview

Major political changes over the past year have brought new questions over the future of global climate change action. In addition to dramatic reversals to climate-related regulation, the United States in August 2017 officially notified the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) of its withdrawal from the 2015 Paris Agreement. The triggering of Article 50 and commencement of Brexit negotiations is also bringing new dynamics to European energy and climate policy. 

In this context, it is critical to reassess the appetite of policy-makers in taking ambitious action on climate change. 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:

  • New dynamics of international leadership of the climate change agenda
  • Mobilising capital for the low carbon transition
  • Business responses to disruptive change brought by climate change and the clean energy transition
  • The future of carbon pricing regimes and the prospects for expansion

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

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Monday 9 October
09:00

Welcome and chair's opening remarks
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Session One | New Political Realities - The Road to COP23
09:10 - 10:00

In the context of the major political changes over the past year and new questions over the future of global climate change action, this panel will explore the international climate change landscape ahead of the climate change negotiations in November 2017. 

  • Given recent developments, what outcomes can be expected from the UNFCCC’s Conference of the Parties (COP23) in Bonn?
  • What are the prospects for the 2018 stocktake and facilitative dialogue? Will they create opportunities for raising ambitions? 
  • How will governments be held accountable for meeting their climate change targets?

Moderator
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Panellists
Ovais Sarmad, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNFCCC 
Giza Gaspar Martins, Director, Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Angola and Chair of the LDC Group, UN Climate Change Negotiations (2015)
Yvon Slingenberg, Director of International and Mainstreaming, Directorate General for Climate Action, European Commission

Questions and discussion

Session Two | New Political Realities - New Centres of Power
10:00 - 11:00

This panel discussion will explore the nexus between changes in international leadership of the climate change agenda, the real economy, and climate politics, considering the implications for meeting climate objectives. 

  • Where will leadership of the international climate change agenda come from? What new alliances are needed?
  • Where are the new centres of power? What can we expect from corporates, cities and social movements in contributing to increasing climate change ambitions?
  • Has progress made in decarbonizing the real economy made a difference to climate politics? What role will innovation and new technologies play in driving the next generation of solutions?

Moderator
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Speakers
Nick Bridge, Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Jiang Lin, Nat Simons Chair in China Energy Policy and Staff Scientist, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
May Boeve, Executive Director, 350.org

Questions and discussion

11:00 - 11:30 Refreshments

Chair
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Ministerial address
Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Climate Change and Industry, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

Questions and discussion 

Session Three | Mobilizing Capital for a Low-Carbon Transition
12:00 - 13:00

This session will discuss how to mobilize the capital for green finance and low-carbon, climate-resilient investments. It will also explore initiatives under way across banking, insurance, institutional investment and capital markets to incorporate sustainability into the rules that govern the financial system.

  • What are the most significant systemic climate risks to the financial system and how can these be managed effectively?
  • What needs to be done to steer public and private funds into clean energy, public transport, electric vehicles and climate-resilient infrastructure? 
  • Which policies and regulatory innovations can best support the development of a green financial system? What is role of global financial centres or financing institutions in driving this agenda? 
  • What are the implications of the Taskforce on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) recommendations and how should these be taken forward? How can initiatives to enhance corporate governance and transparency relating to climate risk be developed? 

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

Speakers
Paul Simpson, CEO, CDP 
Zoë Knight, Managing Director and Group Head, HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance 
Divya Seshamani, Managing Partner, Greensphere Capital

Questions and discussion

13:00 - 14:00 Lunch

Session Four | The Future of Carbon Pricing
14:00 - 15:00  

A growing share of emissions are subject to some form of carbon pricing, though coverage remains patchy and average prices are too low. This discussion will cover: 

  • What new approaches to carbon pricing are being developed? 
  • Where next for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme and China’s emissions trading pilot schemes?
  • Does it matter whether it is carbon trade or tax? 
  • How can the global adoption of carbon pricing be facilitated?

Chair
Kate Hampton, CEO, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Speakers
Ted Halstead, Chairman & CEO, Climate Leadership Council 
Rachel Kyte, CEO of Sustainable Energy for All, and Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All

Questions and discussion

15:00 - 15:30 Refreshments

Session Five | Business Responses to Disruptive Change
15:30 - 16:45

From start-ups to major corporates, more and more companies are developing strategies in varying response to disruptive changes that have been brought by climate change and the low-carbon transition. Lessons from German utilities suggest that companies that are resistant to change or ill-prepared could face dire financial prospects, while others have successfully taken advantage of the climate transition and put forward new business models. This panel, organized in collaboration with the We Mean Business Coalition, will explore how business is generating and responding to disruptive change, and will discuss the following questions:

  • Are companies equipped to respond to disruptive change? What type of companies will likely succeed?
  • What are the options for high-emitting industries such as mining and metals, chemicals, oil and gas?
  • Where are the nodes of innovation among industrial and financial sectors?

Moderator
Bernice Lee, Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy, Chatham House

Panellists
Adrian Loader, Member of the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Sustainability Committee, LafargeHolcim  
Andreas Regnell, Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Vattenfall  
Nigel Topping, CEO, We Mean Business Coalition

Questions and discussion

Keynote speaker
Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Questions and discussion

Closing address (on the record)
Marina Silva, Leader, Rede Sustentabilidade Party, Minister of Environment of Brazil (2003-2008) and Presidential candidate (2010 and 2014)

Questions and discussion

17:45 End of day one and reception hosted by Chatham House

Tuesday 10 October
9:30

Session Six | Rural and Urban Climate Futures: Risk and Resilience
09:30 - 10:45

Even in the most ambitious emissions reductions scenarios, climate impacts will become more extreme and more dangerous. This session will focus on 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 challenges around land use?

Chair
Nick Mabey, Chief Executive, E3G 

Speakers
Shirley Rodrigues, Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, London
Laurence Tubiana, CEO, European Climate Foundation 
Ernst Rauch, Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re 
Dr David Viner, Principle Advisor for Climate Change, Mott MacDonald

10:45 - 11:15 Refreshments

Session Seven | 1.5°C – What Does it Mean?
11:15 - 13:00

The Paris Agreement obliges governments to pursue efforts to limit global temperature increase to 1.5°C and invited the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) to publish a special report on the impacts at this level of warming, and associated emissions pathways. This session will explore the implications of the 1.5°C target. 

  • What is the available science on the consequences of 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 mitigation?
  • What are the implications of a 1.5°C target for climate vulnerable countries?

Chair
Rob Bailey, Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

Keynote speaker
Hoesung Lee, Chair, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change and Professor, Economics of Climate Change, Energy and Sustainable Development, Korea University 

Questions and discussion

Speakers
Bill Hare, Founder and CEO, Climate Analytics 
Corinne Le Quéré, Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy, Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research, University of East Anglia 

Questions and discussion

Closing keynote (on the record)
Catherine McKenna MP, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Government of Canada

Questions and discussion

13:00 End of Conference

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Keynote speakers

Speakers

Rob Bailey to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change

Rob Bailey

Research Director, Energy, Environment and Resources, Chatham House

May Boeve to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change conference

May Boeve

Executive Director, 350.org

Nick Bridge

Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign & Commonwealth Office

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

Giza Gaspar Martins

Director, Climate Change Department, Ministry of Environment, Republic of Angola and Chair, Least Developed Countries Group, UN Climate Change Negotiations (2015)

Kate Hampton to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2016 conference

Kate Hampton

Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation

Bill Hare to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2016 conference

Bill Hare

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Climate Analytics

Zoe Knight to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change

Zoe Knight

Managing Director and Group Head, HSBC Centre of Sustainable Finance

Rachel Kyte to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Rachel Kyte

Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All

Bernice Lee OBE to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change

Bernice Lee OBE

Executive Director, Hoffmann Centre for the Sustainable Resource Economy

Corinne Le Quéré to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Corinne Le Quéré

Professor of Climate Change Science and Policy, University of East Anglia and Director of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research

Dr. Jiang Lin to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Dr Jiang Lin

Nat Simons Chair in China Energy Policy and Staff Scientist, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Adrian Loader to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change 2017

Adrian Loader

Member of Board of Directors, Chairman of the Sustainability Committee, Lafarge Holcim

Nick Mabey to speak at Chatham House's Climate Change conference 2017

Nick Mabey

Chief Executive, E3G

Jennifer Morgan to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Jennifer Morgan

Executive Director, Greenpeace International

Ernst Rauch to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Ernst Rauch

Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re

Andreas Regnell to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change 2017

Andreas Regnell

Senior Vice President for Strategic Development, Vattenfall

Nick Robins to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Nick Robins

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

Shirley Rodrigues to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2016 conference

Shirley Rodrigues

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

Divya Seshamani to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Divya Seshamani

Managing Partner, Greensphere Capital

Paul Simpson to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, CDP

Yvon Slingenberg to speak at the Chatham House conference on Climate Change 2017

Yvon Slingenberg

Director of International and Mainstreaming, Directorate-General for Climate Action, European Commission

Nigel Topping to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Nigel Topping

CEO, We Mean Business Coalition

Laurence Tubiana to speak at Chatham House conference on Climate Change

Laurence Tubiana

CEO, European Climate Foundation

Dr David Viner to speak at Chatham House's Climate Change 2017 conference

Dr David Viner

Principle Advisor for Climate Change, Mott MacDonald

Pricing and booking information 

Ways to book:

  1. Phone: Call Louisa Troughton on +44 (0)20 7957 5727
  2. Online: Click here to complete the online registration form
  3. 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
  RATE (+VAT): 
  
Partners and major corporate members 
All organizations£645
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,390
Government departments£820
NGOs and academics£540
Non-members 
Commercial organizations£1,535
Government departments£920
NGOs and academics£595

Your delegate pass includes:

  • Conference attendance
  • Documentation
  • Lunch and refreshments

Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.

Sponsors

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor for this event, please contact Adam Bowie on
+44 (0) 20 7957 5732

Venue

Chatham House
10 St James's Square
London
SW1Y 4LE
UK
[email protected]

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
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.

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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
13 Half Moon Street
Mayfair
London - W1J 7BH

Tel: + 44 (0)20 7499 2964
Fax: + 44 (0)20 7499 1817
[email protected]

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
[email protected] 

Classic Room without breakfast: £205 +VAT

Book The Cavendish online

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

Tel: 020 7493 0111
Fax: 020 7493 7121
[email protected]

Classic Queen without breakfast: £247 +VAT
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Media partners

CDSB to partner with Chatham House on the Climate Change 2017 conference

Corporate Citizenship Briefing to partner with Chatham House on the Climate Change 2016 conference

Natural Gas World to partner with Chatham House on the Middle East and North Africa Energy 2017 conference

Nature to partner with Chatham House on the Climate Change 2017 conference

SciDev

China Dialogue to partner with Chatham House on its Climate Change 2017 conference

If you are interested in becoming a media partner for this event, please contact 
Amy Smith on +44 (0)20 7957 5755

Press registration

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

Press can request a press pass.

Contact us 

For enquiries relating to the conference agenda or sponsorship please call Adam Bowie on 
+44 (0) 20 7957 5732

For registration enquiries please call Louisa Troughton on +44 (0)20 7957 5727

For general enquiries please email [email protected]