The Clean Energy Sector in the Race to Zero
COP26, which will take place in Glasgow this November, is a critical moment for addressing the global climate crisis. Paris delivered a promise that the world would act on climate change. Glasgow must now show this action is a reality.
The clean energy sector has a key role in providing the solutions for our net zero ambitions. Our shared objective is to build momentum in the shift to a decarbonised energy system, delivering the technological solutions, innovation and investment required in clean energy in the UK and globally.
In the run up to COP26, UK energy trade associations are bringing our vibrant sector together to celebrate what it has achieved and to invite companies to take the next step in strengthening their commitment, by signing up to the UN Race to Zero campaign. The REA is part of this celebration. Nearly 100 major UK businesses are already signed up to the Business Ambition for 1.5 commitment and some 500 smaller businesses have signed the SME Climate Commitment. As a sector we need to build on this with many more businesses committing to the emissions reductions required to meet the UK’s climate targets.
This session will hear from senior UK government representatives on the UK’s climate leadership role and from leading businesses who have joined the Race to Zero. We will discuss how UK clean energy businesses can play a leading role in delivering our climate ambitions and contribute to the success of COP26.
14.30 Welcome and introduction from the chair
Emma Pinchbeck, CEO, Energy UK, and all the UK clean energy trade associations
Charlie Ogilvie, Strategy Director, COP26
14.50 Welcome from the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion
Andrew Griffiths MP
15.00 UN Race to Zero campaign
Karl Zammit-Maempel, Energy Lead, Climate Champions Team
15.20 Panel discussion
Chair: Merlin Hyman, CEO, Regen
Lindsay McQuade, CEO, ScottishPower Renewables
Claire Dykta, Head of UK Strategy, National Grid
Joanna de Montgros, Founding Partner, Everoze
15.55 Closing remarks
Rachel Hayes, Senior Strategy Advisor, COP26
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