Past event

Invitation Only

Research Event

The UK's Approach to Energy and Climate Security

Chatham House, London

Europe Programme


Nick Mabey, author of the forthcoming paper, 'The UK's Approach to Energy and Climate Security'; Founding Director and Chief Executive, E3G
John Mitchell, author of the forthcoming paper, 'The UK's Approach to Energy and Climate Security'; Associate Fellow, Energy, Environment and Development Programme, Chatham House


In the aftermath of the Copenhagen summit and with a general election fast approaching, the UK faces important choices in terms of its energy and climate security policy. In the coming years, the UK will be required to manage the shift from being a net exporter to a net importer of energy while also building on its significant contributions to the climate change debate. As such, policy-makers must balance the competing pressures of securing reliable access to energy resources, the struggle to control carbon emissions and the need to sustain economic growth, while also effectively leveraging the UK's position in the EU on these issues.

This working group will discuss the forthcoming Chatham House paper, 'The UK's Approach to Energy and Climate Security', on the environmental, economic and geopolitical nature of future energy and climate-related challenges. It will address the main aspects of the UK's current approach to energy and climate security, and will consider a world of both risks and opportunities as the UK seeks to manage the emerging energy and climate realities of the twenty-first century.

The working group forms part of the project, Rethinking the UK's International Ambitions and Choices.

Attendance is strictly by invitation only.