|Now that COP26 is concluded, we invite experts to reflect on the outcomes of COP26, its implications and the action that needs to be taken now if we are to achieve a 1.5-degree future. The rapidly accelerating momentum on climate ambition in the lead-up to COP26 has been very encouraging, with more and more countries committing to net-zero emissions.
Greater focus is now needed on implementation and ramping up the action needed now to make net-zero emissions feasible. To make that implementation count, how can we ensure that net-zero transition strategies are resilient for the long-term? What needs to be done to “future-proof” climate policies against potential disruptions, including impacts from climate change itself, and against changing economic circumstances.
Jake Spring – Climate and Environment correspondent for Reuters news agency based in Brazil. He has covered international climate negotiations since 2019, including COP25 in Madrid and COP26 in Glasgow. In 2021, his reporting on Amazon deforestation and other environmental destruction under President Jair Bolsonaro was recognized with awards from Covering Climate Now and the Society of Environmental Journalists.
On the panel:
Bernice Lee OBE – Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability, Research Director – Futures, and Chair of the Sustainability Accelerator Advisory Council at Chatham House. An expert on the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability, international trade and China, she is a member of the UK Global Resource Initiative Task Force, the UK Climate Change Committee’s International Advisory Group and the Energy Foundation China Board and the World Economic Forum Commission on Biodiverse Cities. Bernice has previously been Director of Climate Change and Resource Security Initiatives at the World Economic Forum, Director of the Energy, Environment and Resources Department at Chatham House as well as Founding Executive Director of the Hoffmann Centre for Sustainable Resource Economy (now relaunched as the Chatham House Sustainability Accelerator. She also held positions at the UN Secretary-General’s office, the Rockefeller Foundation, the Aga Khan Foundation (UK), the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development and served on the Children Investment Fund Foundation’s Climate Change Advisory Board and Shell’s External Review Committee. In 2011, she was awarded an OBE for services to UK–China climate change cooperation. She holds degrees from the University of Oxford and the London school of Economics. Her works have been covered in the Financial Times, New York Times, Wired, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, Caijing, Harvard Business Review and the Americas Quarterly, among others.
Jake Werksman – Principal Advisor for International Aspects of EU Climate Policy at the European Commission. Jake’s responsibilities include leading aspects of the European Union negotiations under the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, and advising the Commission with regard to international partnerships to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He supports the Commission Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal and the European External Action Service in strengthening bilateral relationships between the EU and major economies, including the United States, China and India and other international partners. Jake is an international lawyer, specializing in international environmental law and international economic law. He has provided legal and policy advice to developed and developing country governments, NGOs and international institutions in the context of the multilateral negotiations on climate change, biosafety and trade. Prior to joining the Commission, he held posts at the World Resources Institute, the Rockefeller Foundation, United Nations Development Programme, and the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD) in London.
Katie White – Executive Director Advocacy and Campaigns at WWF-UK (Jobshare). Two priority areas for Katie in her leadership role at WWF are tackling climate change and shifting the food system. Katie has spent her career pressing governments to face up to the challenges of climate change. Prior to joining WWF, she co-led the campaign at Friends of the Earth for what became the 2008 Climate Change Act. She then worked for the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, preparing for the 2009 Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. Since leaving government, Katie has also been Campaigns Director at The One Campaign. She was awarded an OBE in 2013 for services to tackling climate change engagement in the UK and overseas.
Archie Young – Lead Climate Negotiator for the United Kingdom at the Cabinet Office. Archie has been the UK’s Lead Climate Negotiator since 2016, overseeing climate negotiations in the UNFCCC, EU, G7 and G20. He has a background in both international and domestic policy. Previous roles include co-Director International Climate & Energy; Deputy Director Americas & Head of South America Department in the UK’s Foreign Office; Head of Delivery in the Department of Energy & Climate Change; and Deputy Director for Business, Environment and the Olympics in the Prime Minister’s Delivery Unit.
13 December 2021
13 December 2021