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The Climate Innovation Forum’s high-level conference programme will see climate experts – from ministers and mayors to business leaders and investors – exploring how we can accelerate implementation, innovation and finance to deliver transformative climate action at the scale and pace needed.

Climate Innovation Forum 2024 Agenda

09:00 
– 09:05 BST

Chair Opening Remarks

Speakers

Nik Gowing

Nik Gowing

Chair
Climate Innovation Forum
09:10 
– 09:25 BST

Turning COP28 commitments into action

At COP28, for the first time, all nations formally agreed to move away from fossil fuels and rapidly ramp up renewable energy, while our cities and food systems took centre stage like never before. As we look ahead to COP29, attention turns to the next essential task of turning the commitments into action. 

  • As a global community, what are the key actions we need to take in advance of COP29?
  • In what ways can we enhance collaboration across governments and non-state actors to speed and scale implementation?
  • More than 60 countries will hold elections in 2024. How will the political context present barriers to implementation, and what can be done about this?
  • Recognising we are in a race between tipping points, economic transition versus climate tipping, how can we de-risk these to deliver a resilient net zero transition?

Speakers

Jim Skea
Professor Jim Skea
Chair
IPCC
09:25 
– 09:35 BST

Headline Partner Keynote

09:35 
– 10:25 BST

Bridging the implementation gap: accelerating the energy transition 

The outcome of COP28 signalled ‘the beginning of the end’, with commitments to triple the world’s renewable energy capacity and double energy efficiency by 2030. The urgency now lies in translating these promises into tangible actions. 

  • How do we ensure a demand-led transition, with businesses, cities and civil society thriving in our new clean energy system?
  • Can we truly foster a safe and just transition, placing people at the centre of the process?
  • When and in what manner will further policy frameworks be effectively designed and implemented to incentivise the transition? 
  • From smart grids to battery energy storage systems, how can we harness cleantech innovation and technology to accelerate the transition?

Speakers

Jono Adams

Jono Adams

Director
Anthesis
Amani

H.E. Amani Abou-Zeid

Commission for Infrastructure and Energy
African Commission
Damilola Ogunbiyi

Damilola Ogunbiyi

CEO, Sustainable Energy for All & Co-Chair, UN-Energy
Sustainable Energy For All
10:25 
– 10:40 BST

Climate Leader Insight

10:40 
– 11:10 BST

Morning Break

11:10 
– 12:00 BST

Rewarding for progress, not just for reporting: improving standards and disclosure

From IFRS to EU taxonomy to CSRD, the international standards landscape is constantly evolving. This proves overwhelming for companies, particularly SMEs. To enhance climate action, greater coherence is required to strengthen implementation, create incentives, and ensure transparency. 

  • What role do formal international standards have in helping achieve our climate commitments? 
  • What do businesses need from standard-setters?
  • Can we alleviate the reporting burden for corporations, while recognising the importance of open, transparent data?
  • What is required to harness cooperation between standard-setting frameworks and businesses to streamline processes and combat fragmentation?

Speakers

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Nicolette Bartlett
Chief Impact Officer
CDP
12:00 
– 12:15 BST

Climate Leader Insight

12:15 
– 12:35 BST

Showcasing UK cleantech innovation

The UK’s Department for Energy Security and Net Zero’s £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio (NZIP) was set up in 2021 to provide funding for low carbon technologies and systems in the UK. This session will share insights from DESNZ and a few of the portfolio of ventures that NZIP has supported and look at the priorities for the government’s next phase of funding cleantech innovation.

12:35 
– 12:55 BST

What does it take to scale critical climate technologies?

To move at speed and scale to meet our climate goals, we must embrace cutting-edge technologies. The private sector plays an important role in accelerating cleantech innovation, through investment and technical expertise. 

  • How can the private sector stay ahead of the curve in cleantech investment? 
  • What are the current barriers for the private sector in unlocking cleantech innovation?
  • How can public-private sector collaborations be harnessed to enhance the efficiency and rapid deployment of cleantech?
  • What role will data and AI play in accelerating and scaling climate tech?

Speakers

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Madison Freeman
High Impact Technology Fund, Stanford OTL
12:55 
– 13:10 BST

Climate Leader Insight

13:10 
– 14:05 BST

Networking Lunch

14:05 
– 14:10 BST

COP16 Columbia

Speakers

David Cooper

David Cooper

Acting Executive Secretary
Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity
14:10 
– 15:00 BST

Unlocking the nature-climate nexus for business action 

In our pursuit of a nature-positive future, businesses have a vital role. With COP16 taking place this year and a heightened focus on nature-related issues, it is now time to take transformative action. It is imperative that businesses actively engage and contribute to shaping strategies that address nature loss, considering the urgency emphasised in international climate discussions.

 

  • In what ways can companies incorporate nature into their plans for climate transition and decision-making processes?
  • Which tools and mechanisms can businesses use to assess the impact of nature-positive initiatives? 
  • How have companies identified and mitigated the risks associated with nature loss across their supply chains?
  • What role can public-private partnerships play, especially in the intersection of corporate initiatives and public interest in terms of nature protection?
  • How can nature strategies drive ocean conservation, supporting biodiversity, food resources and the ocean as a carbon sink?

Speakers

EvaZabey
Eva Zabey
CEO
Business for Nature
15:00 
– 15:20 BST

Resilient supply chains for a sustainable future

With extreme weather events, resource scarcity, and changing environmental regulations, supply chains are increasingly vulnerable to disruptions. Sustainable practices, such as renewable energy adoption, circular economy principles, and ethical sourcing, are becoming imperative for resilience in the face of the climate crisis. 

  • How can technology be used to create more transparent, traceable supply chains?
  • What can businesses do to incentivise stakeholders throughout the value chain?
  • How should big corporates work with SMEs in their supply chains to build sustainability?
  • Can we derisk the decarbonisation of supply chains to accelerate action and resilience?

Speakers

Gonzalo Muñoz

Gonzalo Muñoz

UN High-Level Climate Champion, COP25
UN High-Level Climate Champions
15:20 
– 15:40 BST

Striving towards high-integrity voluntary carbon markets 

The voluntary carbon markets landscape is evolving and has recently been under scrutiny, with criticism of it being unregulated or considered greenwashing. Establishing a high-integrity voluntary carbon market is essential, as it holds the potential to unlock effective climate solutions. However, it is crucial that such a market complements ongoing mitigation efforts to ensure a comprehensive and impactful approach to addressing climate challenges.

  • What actions must be taken to increase trust of voluntary carbon markets by businesses, governments and civil society?
  • Utilising innovation, while maintaining transparency, how can we establish voluntary carbon markets with a strong emphasis on integrity?
  • How can voluntary carbon markets be used in tandem with decarbonisation projects, to reduce emissions?

Speakers

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Mark Kenber

Executive Director
VCMI
15:40 
– 16:05 BST

Afternoon Break

16:05 
– 16:20 BST

Climate Leader Insight

16:20 
– 17:10 BST

Scaling transition finance for a net-zero and nature-positive future  

The transition away from fossil fuels demands an unprecedented scale of investment, with approximately 35 trillion dollars needed by 2030. Accelerating progress toward our climate goals necessitates urgent and substantial scaling-up of investment. Establishing a robust financial sector aligned with sustainable practices is essential to facilitate the massive influx of capital required to propel the global shift to cleaner, more environmentally friendly investment opportunities.

  • What systemic change is required in the financial system to unlock capital flows? 
  • What can be done to support and scale transition finance plans?
  • How can financial institutions, banks, and the private sector work together to create mechanisms that de-risk investment?
  • How can we leverage financial opportunity to finance innovative green initiatives? 

Speakers

Sagarika Chatterjee

Sagarika Chatterjee

Director of Finance
UN High-Level Climate Champions
Nick O'Donohoe

Nick O’Donohoe

CEO
British International Investment
Mattias Frumerie

Mattias Frumerie

Climate Ambassador & Head of Delegation to UNFCCC
Government Offices of Sweden
Mahmoud-Mohieldin

Dr. Mahmoud Mohieldin

High-Level Climate Champion, COP27
UN High-Level Climate Champions
17:10 
– 17:30 BST

Delivering the Breakthroughs in the so call hard-to-abate sectors

As the climate crisis intensifies, businesses must strive to mitigate its environmental impact in the hard-to-abate sectors such as steel, aluminium, chemicals, shipping, hydrogen, agriculture and the built environment. To achieve our 2030 goals, decarbonisation of these industries is pivotal. Clean technologies must move from pilot to commercialisation and be made readily accessible and affordable.

  • How can we accelerate and scale clean tech deployment from pilot plant to commercialisation?
  • What do the private sector need to create concrete advance purchase agreements for low carbon materials and services?
  • How can we build net zero clusters and green corridors to establish critical infrastructure?
  • What needs to be done to close the international collaboration gap? 
17:30 
– 17:45 BST

Climate Leader Insight

Speakers

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Kate Warren
Executive Vice President
Devex
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Andrew Steer
President & CEO
Bezos Earth Fund
17:45 
– 17:55 BST

Closing Keynote: The road to COP29 and COP30

Speakers

Xiye Bastida

Xiye Bastida

Co-Founder
Re-Earth Initiative
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Leyla Hasanova
Youth Climate Champion
COP29
17:55 

Effective collaboration to deliver global climate action

Speakers

Chris Skidmore
Rt. Hon. Chris Skidmore OBE
Former U.K. Energy Minister and Chair
U.K. Net Zero Review

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