Climate change 2024

Join governments and businesses for two days of interactive discussion exploring strategies for a climate resilient future, including an exclusive in-person workshop.

Conference
2 October 2024 TO 3 October 2024 — 9:00AM TO 12:30PM
Chatham House and Online
Spotlighted tree sapling growing in sandy desert

Strategies for a climate-resilient future

International action on climate change is both more urgent and complex than ever before. With 2023 the hottest year on record, escalating climate hazards are matched by geopolitical shifts and upheavals that are severely testing the multilateral system, magnifying global exposure to climate risk. US-China rivalry, heightened global conflicts and renewed government engagement in industrial strategies are reshaping global alliances and complicating climate goals, as elections bring environmental issues into new political battlegrounds.

With the growing urgency and technological possibility to accelerate meaningful action on climate change closer than ever, how can money be made to flow to support the journey from ambition to implementation and impact?

Why attend?

  • Understand the key geopolitical developments, policy shifts and global mega-trends shaping mitigation, adaptation and resilience strategies for climate and nature.
  • Discover innovative approaches to climate finance, food systems transformation and the energy transition.
  • Hear from innovators, investors and policy experts and share your perspective on which technologies and solutions will deliver transformative change for a climate-resilient future.

Who attends?

Chatham House exterior.

The venue

Chatham House is a trusted forum for debate and independent analysis. Our conferences provide access to thought leadership, market insight and influential ideas by bringing together policymakers, world leaders, senior business executives and sector specialists.

Join us at our world-famous Grade II listed home in beautiful St James Square, London.

Agenda

Wednesday 2 October (timings subject to change)

Managing climate risks in an uncertain world

What is the outlook for leadership on climate action after a landmark year of elections? Who will emerge as the new champions for climate and nature? How can the competing priorities at the global and national level be overcome to boost collective climate action and transformative systems change?


How feasible and/or helpful is 1.5°C as a target in a closing window of opportunity? And what does increasing protectionism and heightened geopolitical risk mean for the implementation of contingency plans and achievable climate goals going forward? What do effective responses to cascading climate risks such as climate driven conflict and migration look like in practice? Looking towards COPs 29 and 30, what are the best multilateral institutional frameworks to engage with climate challenges?

 

0900–1030

Networking break

1030–1100

Adaptation strategies for transboundary risks

What are some examples of the most pressing transboundary climate risks and what lessons can be drawn from recent adaptation efforts? What role can insurers play in building resilience to cascading climate risk? How might decision making and leadership at the local and global level be fostered to support social adaptation and resilience strategies?


Which emerging technologies and infrastructural approaches can help to enable better early warning systems, risk assessment, and greater resilience in the face of escalating transboundary climate risks? 
 

1100–1215

Networking lunch

1215–1315

Food systems transformation

How can governments institute synergistic change in all elements of the food system, including value chains food production through to consumption, as well as environmental, health and social outcomes? What trade-offs must they navigate? How can policies to deliver sustainable food, transport and energy systems take better account of the needs of rural communities?


What else is needed to overcome the politicization of food systems transformation? How can non-state actors (businesses, academia, CSOs) best mobilise to deliver successful outcomes for food systems?
 

1315–1415

Comfort break

1415–1430

Accelerating the energy transition

Is the current policy and investment environment aligned to triple the world’s installed renewable energy generation capacity to at least 11,000 GW by 2030? Is the refocusing on energy security and onshoring/friendshoring likely to help or hinder this acceleration? How should demand and supply side measures be balanced to double the global average annual rate of energy efficiency improvements to over 4% every year until 2030?


What is the role of zero and low-emission technologies, including abatement and removal technologies in keeping warming to well below 2°C?
 

1430–1530

Networking break

1530–1600

Spotlight session: Finance fit for the future

Held under the Chatham House Rule.

With the commitment to the new collective quantified goal (NCQG), is the global financial architecture evolving fast enough to ramp up and redirect financial flows to address the climate finance gap? How might new instruments and creative approaches to indebtedness help to overcome challenges for emerging and developing economies? What are the most effective strategies to maximize the catalytic effect of public finance and ensure value for money? 


How might simplified, publicly capitalized financial instruments address the current shortcomings in leveraging private investment for mitigation and emerging challenges around adaptation, resilience and loss and damage? What more needs to be done to demonstrate the value of investment in climate resilience and costs of inaction? What are the lessons to build trust in the implementation of the NCQC?

1600–1700

Thursday 3 October (timings subject to change, exclusive to in-person participants)

The business of resilience

Held under the Chatham House Rule.

How can corporate and financial institutions effectively understand and account for evolving climate risks and environmental dependencies? What impact have renewed geopolitical tensions had on supply chain sustainability? How are drivers for corporate sustainability evolving amid political uncertainty, and what steps ensure economic incentives align with a climate-resilient future in key sectors? 


What are the implications of ‘greenhushing’ for efforts to improve transparent reporting and how should this be addressed?  
 

0900–1000

Interactive spotlight roundtables

Spotlight sessions will be held concurrently and under the Chatham House Rule.

Spotlight session 1 | Innovation and the bioeconomies of the future
Spotlight session 2 | Empowering the just transition 
Spotlight session 3 | Unlocking private finance
 

1000–1115

Climate TeX Factor

Bringing together five innovators to pitch their solutions to a panel of expert respondents, this dynamic session explores the technologies supporting the next generation of climate action.



What does the future of climate tech look like? Which policy incentives are needed to drive development of demand management, storage, renewables, synthetic fuels, carbon capture and storage, and geoengineering. How do the investment needs and commercialization timelines of up-and-coming innovations compare? Which solutions will deliver the greatest impact in the short and long term towards a climate-resilient future?
 

1115–1230

End of conference

1230

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