The impacts of climate change are becoming more apparent in the UK, Europe and globally.
The last seven years have been the warmest on record globally, and the UK experienced temperatures exceeding 40 degrees for the first time ever in 2022.
However, since last November’s COP26 summit in Glasgow, the government’s attention to the climate crisis has been deflected by the ongoing impacts of Brexit and, more recently, the invasion of Ukraine.
Political strategies in response to the war and rapid and significant price rises have raised questions of how energy security and affordability can better support one another as the UK and Europe face a largely energy-induced cost-of-living crisis with winter approaching.
This roundtable explores the relationship between post-Brexit energy and climate policy and politics in the context of the war in Ukraine.
Findings from a UKERC scenarios exercise are shared and attendees discuss what political action is imperative in a rapidly changing energy and security context to ensure urgent climate action is prioritized.