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GLD and Sustainability Hub Fringe - 2020 Vision - Leadership on the Road to COP

September 25, 2020 5:00 PM - 5:50 PM

sustainability-hub.org (sustainability-hub.org)Liberal Democrats Virtual Conference Speakers Brief
sustainability hub & Green Liberal Democrats with PRASEG

2020 Vision - Leadership on the Road to COP

Date/time: Friday 25 September at 5.00-5.50 pm

Chair: Keith Melton, Chair; Green Liberal Democrats
Rt Hon Sir Ed Davey, Leader, Liberal Democrats;
Sarah Olney MP, Spokesperson for the Climate Emergency, Business & Energy and Transport;
Karen Potter; Project Director, sustainability hub;
Professor Jim Watson, Research Director, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources;
Dom Goggins, Coordinator, PRASEG

Keith Melton (Keith Melton) GLD Conference 2018 - Ed Davey enjoying a well earned cuppa (KNDaws) Sarah Olney (Sarah Olney)

After introductions by the Chair, Keith Melton, each speaker will have 3 mins to set out what they feel is needed in terms of Leadership on the road to COP26. This will be followed by Q and A submitted by the audience, moderated by Keith.

Next year's COP26 in Glasgow is one of the most important climate conferences, a global commitment moving beyond the Paris Accord must be agreed as we race the clock to halt greenhouse gas emissions. Scientists are alarmed at the rate of the changing climate, outpacing many modelling predictions.

Originally planned for this November, COP26 was postponed due to Covid-19. While the main conference has been delayed, the advance meetings and preparation for the COP26 negotiations will continue. In order to be successful, when the heads of state gather in November 2021 the main elements of the negotiations must be agreed in advance.

The recent Climate Assembly UK's final report sets out a clear, consistent and timely path for the UK's to get on course to meet commitments for net zero by 2050. The Climate Assemblies report, The Path to Net Zero, shows 'a representative sample of the population believe the UK should meet its net zero emissions commitment with detailed recommendations across ten areas including: how we travel; what we eat and how we use the land; what we buy; heat and energy use in the home; how we generate our electricity; and greenhouse gas removals'.

Polling earlier this year by ComRes for PRASEG found that the public overwhelmingly supports increasing the proportion of renewable energy in the UK; there is strong public support for improving the efficiency of people's homes and willingness to install new technologies. 72% of the public now say their purchasing decisions relating to utilities (electricity, gas and water) are influenced by the desire to be more environmentally friendly and 74% of respondents feel that government should do more to help them 'go green'.

This was followed In March 2020 by polling of Lab/Tory MPs which asked whether the UK should increase or decrease energy supply from a range of sources. Of the sources considered, all renewable energy options have significantly stronger support from MPs than fossil fuel sources of energy, including when fossil fuel emissions are abated through CCS. Dom, from PRASEG will talk about these figures in more detail.

So the public and MPs want to support action to combat climate change. How can Government show leadership in to run up to COP26 to help deliver what is needed?

Further background on leadership needed for Cop26 in Times article by Lord (Robin) Teverson - Britain can use COP26 to lead the way on climate change.


Speaker biographies

Keith Melton is Chair of the Green Liberal Democrats…. having been re-elected to the post more than thirty years after becoming its Founding Chair in 1988. Active in politics since standing as Liberal Candidate in his school`s mock-election in 1964, Keith has stood for parliament four times and for Europe twice. His best result came in 1983 with second place to Tory Minister, Jim Lester, in Broxtowe. He polled 25% from a standing start in a seat never before fought by Liberals.

Keith stepped back from Party Politics for a time in 1998 to become founding Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development in Business at Nottingham Trent University. Since retiring he has published an Historical Novel, "Captain Cobbler", about an ancestor who led a rebellion in Lincolnshire against King Henry Vlll - so the family has a somewhat radical history!

One minor `claim to fame` is that he shook hands in 1966 with Lady Violet Bonham-Carter, who told him she had shaken hands with William Ewart Gladstone when she "…was a little gel".

Rt Hon Edward Davey MP has served as the Member of Parliament for Kingston and Surbiton from 1997 to 2015, and since the General Election of June 2017. He is the Leader of the Liberal Democrats.

An economist by training, Ed was a business consultant before he was elected for the first time in 1997. His concerns about the environment first got him politically active. Ed was Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in 2012-15, and in 2016 set up a consultancy working primarily in the energy and climate change field. Ed now chairs a Community Energy Co-operative Company called Mongoose Energy. Ed received a knighthood from the Queen in the 2016 New Year Honours.

Sarah Olney MP is the Liberal Democrat MP for Richmond Park & North Kingston and a committed advocate for liberal values of inclusivity, opportunity and equality. Sarah is the Liberal Democrat spokesperson in Parliament for the Climate Emergency, Business & Energy, and Transport.

Sarah was first elected MP for Richmond Park in a by-election in December 2016, serving for six months until May 2017. She is honoured to have been chosen by the voters of Richmond Park and North Kingston to represent them again.

Sarah is a qualified accountant and worked for Barclays, National Physical Laboratory and Historic Royal Palaces before entering Parliament. Sarah lives with her family in North Kingston, where she is an active member of the local community.

Karen Potter is Project Director for the sustainability hub, with nearly two decades of experience campaigning for action on climate change, clean energy, demand reduction, and behaviour change. She has spearheaded policy campaigns with Members of Parliament, Government, journalists, businesses and NGOs to promote sustainable policy and action on climate change. She is Climate Change Ambassador for ideaXme, a global podcast and mentor programme. Karen is Co-Founder of the Global Good Awards & Summit; she led the Energy Saving Trust External and Government Affairs programme and co-founded and directed the Climate Clinic.

Jim Watson (Jim Watson)Professor Jim Watson is Professor of Energy Policy and Research Director at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources. He was most recently an expert lead with Climate Assembly UK: the UK's national citizen's assembly on climate change. He has over twenty years of research experience on climate change, energy and innovation policy. He has been a specialist adviser to three Parliamentary committees: the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee on energy security; the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee on climate change (including the draft Climate Change Bill); and the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee on the resilience of electricity infrastructure.

Before joining UCL, he was based at SPRU from 1993-2018. From Dec 2008-Jan 2013, he was Director of SPRU's Sussex Energy Group. He was appointed as the Research Director of the UK Energy Research Centre in Feb 2013, and was its Director from January 2015 until December 2019.

He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and the Energy Institute; a member of the UK government's fossil fuel price assumptions expert panel; a member of the Executive Committee of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement; and a judge for the Queens Awards for Enterprise: Sustainable Development.

International roles include: Panel Member, Academy of Sciences of South Africa consensus study on Green Technologies in South Africa (2012-14); and Visiting Scholar, Energy Technology Innovation Policy group, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University (2008).

Dom Goggins is the Co-ordinator of PRASEG. Formerly Director of Advocacy for Unicef, Dom has worked on social and environmental justice issues with national and international organisations including CAFOD, the Malala Fund, the European Climate Foundation, UK100, IPPR North and The Climate Coalition. He is the author of several reports examining the impact of climate change on sport including Game Changer and Hit for Six and is citizen representative on the Manchester Climate Change Board.

sustainability hub Events:

The sustainability hub virtual party conference event, Cop26 Question Time was addressed at Labour on 21 Sept with SERA by Darren Jones MP, Vice-Chair; PRASEG; Karen Potter, Project Director, sustainability hub; Professor Rebecca Willis, Professor in Practice, Lancaster University and Dr Duncan Webb MP, Chair, Environment select Committee (NZ).

The event at the Conservatives on 6 October at 9.30, chaired by James Murray, Editor of Business Green will be addressed by Bim Afolami, Chair, PRASEG; Karen Potter, Project Director, sustainability hub; Professor Jim Watson, Research Director, UCL Institute of Sustainable Resources and Eamonn Ives, Business Researcher, Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

The sustainability hub is partnered with the Green Liberal Democrats, SERA and the Conservative Environment Network. We are a coalition of over 30 organisations working to promote action on the low carbon economy. Sustainability hub is a business, NGO and academic forum championing action for a low carbon economy and sustainable development. The hub provides a platform for policy development and debate, bringing elected officials to a broad range of business and thought leaders. Following on from our Vision10 Project we co-founded and run the Net Zero APPG.

The sustainability hub's annual Political Party Conference receptions, roundtables and networking events and policy forums are sponsored by global businesses pushing for leadership, consistent policy, resource efficiency and protections for the natural environment.

sustainability hub members: Association for Decentralised Energy, Association for the Conservation of Energy, ADBA, APPG for Intelligent Energy, Calor Gas, Campaign for Better Transport, CCSA, Conservative Environment Network, CPL Renewables, Energy for London, Friends of the Earth, Green Alliance, Green Gumption, Greener Journeys, Green Liberal Democrats, Greenpeace, Larkfleet Homes, LowCVP, Mitsubishi Electric, National Energy Action, National Right to Fuel Campaign, PRASEG, RenewableUK, RSPB, SERA, Solarcentury, Solar Trade Association, Southern Water, Sustainable Energy Association, Tata Steel, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust, Worcester Bosch, WWF

www.sustainability-hub.org Twitter @sustainhub2020

PRASEG - the All-Party Group for Renewable and Sustainable Energy is the cross party group for UK politicians and senior industry stakeholders that exists to promote sustainable energy issues in Parliament and the wider political community. They hold regular events in Westminster to discuss the strategic national and international policy developments that shape the deployment of sustainable energy including renewables, energy efficiency and combined heat and power. They have a growing membership of more than 100 parliamentary members and over 70 business and industry members. https://www.praseg.org.uk/ @PRASEG

See other GLD events at the 2020 Autumn LibDem Conference