The Path to Net Zero and COP26

Presented by

Keith Anderson, Chris Stark, Professor Rebecca Willis, Mike Barry

About this talk

Sponsored by ScottishPower and the Scottish Government Climate change and the climate emergency are with us. In 2019, the UK Government and the devolved administrations committed to the Net Zero target as recommended by the Committee on Climate Change. Reaching net-zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions requires extensive changes across the economy, but the foundations are in place. Major infrastructure decisions need to be made in the near future and quickly implemented. These changes are unprecedented in their overall scale, but large-scale transitions have been achieved successfully in the UK before, such as the natural gas switchover in the 1970s or the switch to digital broadcasting in the 2000s. How are we charting the path to net zero? With a year to go, what are our hopes and aspirations for next November’s UN climate summit in Glasgow (COP26)? How can we truly shift the dial? Our panelists will certainly give us food for thought as they consider both topics, indeed UK domestic climate ambition can be the basis for UK international leadership in 2021 in the Presidency of OP26 and in the G7 Presidency. Chair: Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower and a member of the COP26 Business Group Speakers: ● Keith Anderson, CEO, ScottishPower and a member of the COP26 Business Group ● Chris Stark, CEO, Committee on Climate Change ● Professor Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster Environment Centre; Expert Lead for Climate Assembly UK, the national citizens’ assembly on climate change ● Mike Barry, Sustainable changemaker and Former Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer Panel discussion and audience Q&A

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