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IOG Delivering Net Zero – Conference
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The Institute for Government is hosting an international one-day virtual conference looking at the route to net zero ahead of COP26, the United Nations climate change summit that the UK will host in Glasgow in November. With many countries having adopted targets, the conference will explore the challenges they will face in delivering them identified in the Institute’s recent report on net zero.
Session 1: 09:00 – 10:00
From Paris to Glasgow: how can the UK make COP26 a success? 
Opening keynote speech by Rt Hon Amber Rudd
The former Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change and Home Secretary, who represented the UK at the 2015 Paris Climate Change Conference, will be in discussion with Bronwen Maddox, Director of the Institute for Government.
Session 2: 10:45 – 11:45
How can governments get the public on board?
  • Darren Jones MP, Chair of the House of Commons Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Select Committee
  • Chris Stark, Chief Executive of the Climate Change Committee
  • Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice at Lancaster University and expert lead for Climate Assembly UK
  • Diarmuid Torney, Associate Professor at Dublin City University and expert adviser for the Irish Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change
Chaired by Emma Norris, Director of Research at the Institute for Government.
Session 3: 12:30 – 13:30 
What do governments need to do to deliver net zero?
  • Michel Colombier, Scientific Director at the Institute for Sustainable Development (Paris), member of the High Council on Climate and former Senior Adviser to the French Energy Minister
  • Rachel Skinner, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers
  • Michael Liebreich, CEO of Liebreich Associates, founder of New Energy Finance and former member of the Clinton Initiative Energy and Climate Working Group Advisory Board
  • Tim Lord, Senior Fellow, Net Zero at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change and former Director for Clean Growth at BEIS
Chaired by Tom Sasse, Associate Director at the Institute for Government.
Session 4: 14:15 – 15:15
How should countries pay for net zero?
  • Professor Sir Dieter Helm, Professor of Economic Policy at the University of Oxford and former independent chair of the Natural Capital Committee
  • Paul Johnson, Director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies and member of the Committee on Climate Change
  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist at CBI
Chaired by Dr Gemma Tetlow, Chief Economist at the Institute for Government.
Session 5: 16.30 – 17:30
How can countries work together to make a success of COP26?
  • Peter Betts, Visiting Professor in Practice at the LSE Grantham Research Institute, Associate Fellow at Chatham House and and former EU Lead Climate Negotiator
  • Karsten Sach, Lead Climate Negotiator for Germany and Director General ‘International and European Policy, Climate Policy’ in the German Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
  • Joseph Teo, Chief Negotiator for Climate Change for Singapore and former Deputy Permanent Representative for Singapore to the United Nations
  • Jacob Werksman, Principal Adviser to the Directorate General for Climate Action for the European Commission
Chaired by Jill Rutter, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.
Image Credit: 10 Downing Street 


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