Speakers and Events

We have enjoyed a successful array of well-attended, high-profile events with international speakers, including past and present government ministers Douglas Alexander, Phil Woolas, Gregory Barker, Joan Ruddock, Margaret Beckett, and Hilary Benn; Ex-Vice President of USA and Nobel Prize winner Al Gore; Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Yvo de Boer; Ex-President of USSR Mikhail Gorbachev; and Their Excellencies Dr. Sayeedur Rahman Khan, the Bangladeshi High Commissioner; Joseph Muchemi, the Kenyan High Commissioner; and Laleshwar Singh, the High Commissioner of Guyana.  We’ve heard key note speeches from Professor Lester Brown, who outlined his ‘Plan B 3.0’ to stabilise the environment and end poverty; Dr. Amory Lovins, co-founder, chairman, and chief scientist of the independent, nonprofit Rocky Mountain Institute, who described how green innovations can benefit businesses; and Sir Nicholas Stern, who gave an insight into the Government’s review of the economic impact of climate change.  The APPCCG’s meetings cover a wide range of vital topics, from carbon trading policies and sustainable development to deforestation, renewable energy, and green finance.

Select Past Events

Stranded Assets: How can policymakers act to ensure economic stability while reducing emissions?
Co-hosted by the APPCCG and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), this event brought together a panel of experts to discuss the current potential for a ‘carbon bubble’ and the associated risks to economic stability, opportunities for economic growth and carbon emission reduction, consider shale gas and CCS technology progress and advise on practical next steps.

Can the UK achieve an energy efficiency revolution?
An APPCCG Event in collaboration with Centre on Innovation and Energy Demand (CIED). Ambitious goals for reducing carbon emissions require the rapid and widespread deployment of energy efficient technologies throughout all sectors of the economy, together with far-reaching changes in infrastructures, institutions, social practices and cultural norms. Energy efficiency policy has traditionally focused on incentives and removal of barriers, but while these produce incremental change they rarely result in the long term systemic change required. This meeting discussed whether the ‘energy efficiency revolution’ is really happening and how to best ensure that energy efficiency can have a significant impact on carbon emission reduction in the coming decades.

EU 2030 Climate Package: are there viable alternatives to renewables targets?
This joint meeting by the APPCCG and Sandbag discussed the possible outcomes and alternatives to the renewable issue in the EU 2030 climate package. Background: The role of renewables in Europe is a much debated issue, with member states holding widely differing views on the subject of renewable targets. One proposed option to avoid the impasse was to have carbon performance standards for the power sector - either an Emissions Performance Standard or a Decarbonisation Obligation, where power suppliers have to steadily reduce the carbon intensity of their product. This meeting discussed if these options achieve the aim of effectively decarbonising the electricity sector; and what could be the interaction or impact of these measures on the EU ETS.

Climate Solutions Series
The APPCCG and Carbon Connect partnered for an event series in 2013-14 called Climate Solutions, which explored the landscape of national and international climate change policy and its impact on economic competitiveness.
The first meeting in the series was held on 27 Nov 2013 – ‘Climate policies: global trends and challenges’ –with Lord Deben as the keynote speaker and a high level supporting panel. The meeting summary can be accessed here.
The second meeting was held on 28 Jan 2014, titled ‘Tools for decarbonisation: taxes, markets and regulation’ and the summary can be accessed here.
The third and final event of the series focused on the impact of climate policy on business competitiveness. The summary for this meeting – ‘Competitiveness and climate policy: friends or foes?’ – can be downloaded here.

Communicating Risk, Complexity and Uncertainty around Climate Change
The third meeting in the APPCCG’s Climate Science & Communication Series, this was a panel debate to discuss the challenge of communicating the latest IPCC report in particular; and at a broader level, communicating the complexity and uncertainties around climate change in general.

Report Launch: IBT’s ‘The environment on tv: Are broadcasters meeting the challenge?
Report launch jointly hosted by International Broadcasting Trust (IBT) and the APPCCG, examining television coverage of the environment in UK. Key findings from the research will be presented, followed by a panel discussion and a drinks reception. Meeting 2 of 3 - Climate Science & Communication Series

Climate Science: the Fifth IPCC Assessment Report
This joint Royal Society/ All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change/Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology event was held to discuss the IPCC’s Fifth Assessment Report (AR5) – the most comprehensive assessment of scientific knowledge on climate change since AR4 in2007. The meeting was an opportunity for Members, Peers and parliamentary staff to debate the report with key experts. Meeting 1 of 3 - Climate Science & Communication Series

Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future
An APPCCG event launching the Centre for Alternative Technology’s Report Zero Carbon Britain: Rethinking the Future. A follow up to the Zero Carbon Britain 2030 report launched by the APPCCG in 2010, this report explores technically viable scenarios of how we might rise to our 21st century environmental challenges. By combining cutting edge technology with a smart approach to land-use, low-carbon diet, balancing energy demand, buildings and transport, the report explores synergies that can create employment, increase wellbeing, future-proof us and kick-start the economy.

A dash for ‘smart gas’? The future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation
APPCCG launched this policy briefing about the future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation, published jointly by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change (LSE), and the Grantham Institute for Climate Change (Imperial College).The policy report aimed to provide clarity about the potential future role of natural gas in UK electricity generation, including its implications for costs, energy security and the environment. The analysis took into account the UK’s carbon constraints, international gas market dynamics, environmental impacts and technological progress. A panel from Government, industry and academia will join the authors of the policy report to discuss what role natural gas should play in meeting the UK’s future energy needs.

A Special APPCCG film screening of ‘Chasing Ice’ and discussion on the Arctic
This special APPCCG screening of Chasing Ice, was held in conjunction with The Co-operative Group and was followed by a panel discussion focusing on what is happening to the Arctic; the regulated (or unregulated) activities that will happen as a result; the overall impact this could have on further emissions; and the legislation required for a controlled and sustainable ‘exploitation’ of the Arctic.

UK Built Environment: Preparing for a low emissions future
The UK Carbon Plan announced in December 2011 mandates that all new homes need to be zero carbon from 2016 and all new non-domestic buildings zero carbon from 2019. This meeting explored the impact this commitment will have on businesses and industry, their level of preparation, technologies at hand and what action or innovation will be necessary for the private sector to meet these targets.

UK Energy Bill and New Nuclear
The future of the UK’s energy supply is very much in transition and the long awaited Energy Bill sets out the Government’s strategy, including a role for new nuclear. This event, co-hosted by the Nuclear Consulting Group brought together experts from industry, government and academia to discuss whether the impact of the Bill would shift the economic risk of reactor construction from the nuclear corporations to the consumer through implicit subsidies? Or would this new market-based approach deliver certainty for low-carbon investors and fairness for consumers?

Clean Development Mechanism: Fit For the Future?
The Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) became operational in 2001 to cut the cost of climate-change mitigation with projects in developing countries, and facilitate the finance and transfer of low-carbon technology to these countries. A panel on the CDM policy dialogue was established in 2011 to engage stakeholders in the policy dialogue, assess the impacts of the CDM, and adapt the CDM to future market conditions. The panel ‘s CDM Policy Dialogue Report and its recommendations was discussed at the meeting, and the state and future of the CDM between the public and private sector was debated.

Green Infrastructure and Public-Private Finance: Bringing Sustainability Investment to the Mainstream
Co-hosted by The All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change (APPCCG) and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UKSIF), this event brought together a panel of specialists in infrastructure investment and policy. Drawing on perspectives from finance, business, government and civil society, the panel considered the challenges and opportunities for the UK to become a global hub for green infrastructure investment.

Doha and Beyond – What’s next for UK action on climate change
This special APPCCG event was held to discuss UK’s approach to international climate change action and its role in international negotiations at the Doha COP-18 and beyond. The keynote speakers were Gregory Barker MP, Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change and Mark Simmonds MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office. The keynote addresses were complemented by a panel including representatives from business and civil society, who commented on what UK could do to demonstrate leadership in climate change action and hence provide an impetus for a global deal beyond 2015 from the UNFCCC negotiations.

Clean Energy Access and the Road to Rio
Energy has been described as the ‘missing Millennium Development Goal’, with 1.3 billion people without access to electricity and the poorest 40 per cent of the world still relying on fuels like firewood or charcoal for cooking, heating or lighting. Organised in conjunction with Friends of the Earth, this meeting discussed the outcomes of the Sustainable Energy for All and Clean Energy Ministerial meetings held in London that week and what they mean for the world’s poor.  A panel of SE4All High-Level Group members, industry experts, civil society groups and voices from the global South explored what policy decisions the UK and other governments can make to ensure clean, safe, affordable and reliable energy access can be realised by the billions who currently go without.

Low-Carbon Future:  A new report explores the low-carbon cities of the future
The Centre for Low Carbon Futures (CLCF) launched groundbreaking research on the potential for commercially viable, energy efficient, low carbon cities at the event. The analysis highlighted that there is considerable potential to reduce energy use and carbon footprints at the city-scale. Investing in and deploying cost effective low carbon measures have the potential to not only enable cities to dramatically reduce carbon emissions but to achieve this in an economically viable way, delivering multiple benefits for cities.

Launch of the Climate Change Toolkit for Parliamentarians
This event, held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association UK (CPA UK), launched the new Climate Change Toolkit for Parliamentarians, which helps parliamentarians understand and communicate climate change.  Dr. Julian Huppert MP; Trewin Restorick, director of the environmental charity Global Action Plan; and Solitaire Townsend, co-founder of the sustainability communications agency Futerra, discussed ways for parliamentarians to convince their constituents, from climate activists to climate sceptics, to live sustainably.

Launch of the APPCCG Joint Parliamentary Inquiry Report:  Climate Change Equity
‘Climate Change Equity:  Is It a Plan, an Aspiration, or a Fashion Statement?’ is the report of an innovative joint parliamentary inquiry by the APPCCG and the Bangladeshi Parliament’s All Party Group on Climate Change and Environment, and provided a comprehensive analysis of the inequalities in international climate negotiations.  Colin Challen MP, Chair of the APPCCG; His Excellency Dr. Sayeedur Rahman Khan, High Commissioner for Bangladesh in the UK; and Andrew Scott, Policy and Programmes Director for Practical Action, described the devastation climate change is already causing in Bangladesh, advocated a human-rights-based approach to climate policy, and outlined the crucial role parliamentarians can play in ensuring climate change equality.