Climate Change 2017
Politics, progress and potential
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
© The Royal Institute of International Affairs 2017
Gebru Jember Endalew
Chair of the Least Developed Countries Group, UNFCCC
Chief Executive Officer, Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Climate Analytics
Special Representative of the UN Secretary General for Sustainable Energy and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All
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
Nat Simons Chair in China Energy Policy and Staff Scientist, China Energy Group, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Director, Economy Division, United Nations Environment Programme
Principal Environmental Fiscal Policy Expert, Fiscal Affairs Department, International Monetary Fund
Head of Corporate Climate Centre, Munich Re
Deputy Mayor for Environment and Energy, Greater London Authority
Dr Karsten Sach
Director General for Climate Policy, European and International Policy, Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
Chief Executive Officer, Carbon Disclosure Project
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:
- 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
|FULL RATE (+VAT): |
AFTER 7 JULY
|Partners and major corporate members|
|Standard corporate members|
|NGOs and academics||£540|
|NGOs and academics||£595|
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- Conference attendance
- Lunch and refreshments
Travel and accommodation are not included. View a list of recommended hotels here.
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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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