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


Climate Change 2017

Politics, progress and potential

9 Oct 2017 - 09:30 to 10 Oct 2017 - 13:30
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Chatham House, London


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

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 | New Political Reality

This session will explore the nexus between changes in the real economy, climate politics and the international negotiations and consider the implications for meeting climate objectives. 

  • Following the US withdrawal from the Paris Agreement, where will leadership of the international climate change agenda come from? What new alliances are needed to sustain action against the effects of climate change?
  • Where are the new centres of power? What is the role of corporates, cities and city leaders in contributing to domestic and international climate change ambitions?
  • What are the latest trends in public climate action and mobilization?
  • To what extent has progress been made in decarbonising the real economy?
  • What are the prospects for the 2018 stocktake and facilitative dialogue?

Session Two | Mobilizing Capital for a Low-Carbon Transition

This session will address what needs to be done to mobilize the capital needed for green finance and low-carbon, climate resilient investments. It will explore initiatives underway 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 these can 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 the most promising initiatives to enhance corporate governance and transparency relating to climate risk be developed? 

Session Three | A Debate on Carbon Pricing

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

  • What is the future of carbon pricing? Where next for the EU Emission Trading Scheme and China’s emissions trading pilot schemes?
  • Does it matter whether it is carbon trade or tax?
  • Can international cooperation facilitate further expansion? 

Session Four | Business and Disruptive Change  

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 high level panel – organised 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 like mining and metals, chemicals, oil and gas?
  • Where are the nodes of innovation among industrial and financial sectors?

1730 Close of day one and drinks reception 

Tuesday 10 October

Session Five | Rural and Urban Climate Futures: Risk and resilience

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

Session Six | 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 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 climate change mitigation?
  • What are the implications of a 1.5°C target for climate vulnerable countries?

1300 End of conference 

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Keynote speakers


Gebru Jember Endalew to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Gebru Jember Endalew

Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, UNFCCC

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

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

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

Ligia Noronha to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Ligia Noronha

Director, Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme

Ian Parry to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Ian Parry

Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund

Ernst Rauch to speak at Chatham House Climate Change 2015 conference

Ernst Rauch

Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re

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

Shirley Rodrigues

Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority

Dr Karsten Sach to speak at the Chatham House Climate Change 2017 conference

Dr Karsten Sach

Director General for Climate Policy, European and International Policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany

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

Paul Simpson

Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project

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

Pricing and booking information 

Register by Friday 7 July 2017 to benefit from the early booking rate.

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
Partners and major corporate members 
All organizations£645
Standard corporate members 
Commercial organizations£1,390
Government departments£820
NGOs and academics£540
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.


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


Chatham House
10 St James's Square
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7314 2785
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If you wish to book the venue for your own event please phone +44 (0)20 7314 2764

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.

Flemings Mayfair
13 Half Moon Street
London - W1J 7BH

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


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.