Roundtables

The Climate Innovation Forum will include a series of roundtables running concurrently with the main agenda. Hosted by our partners, these facilitated, 60-minute, deep-dive discussions will explore specific challenges and opportunities of delivering a net zero, just and sustainable world.

Transition Plans: the crucial next step to reaching net zero

09:40
 : 10:40 BST
Host

Effective transition finance is dependent on credible transition plans. This roundtable will cover the significance of transition plans for achieving net zero emissions in London/UK businesses. It will delve into understanding transition plans, their benefits, common challenges and strategies to overcome them.

Decarbonising the built environment: Procurement commitments for low emission steel and cement

11:30
 : 12:30 BST
Host

Building sector emissions contributed to about one-third of the total energy system emissions in 2022, which included emissions from building operations (26%) and embodied emissions (7%) from building construction materials such as steel and concrete (Breakthrough Agenda Report, 2023). This roundtable aims to accelerate the commitment of the construction industry and real estate businesses to build near zero-emission and resilient buildings. It will bring together business leaders for discussing practical ways for creating a market demand for near zero-emission and resilient buildings. Showcasing real world examples and facilitate a dialogue between the suppliers of low emissions cement and steel with real estate developers.

De-risking investment in nature

11:30
 : 13:00 BST
Host

Nature-based solutions are pivotal for climate goals and biodiversity preservation globally and in the UK. This roundtable will delve into accelerating and scaling finance for such solutions, emphasising essential partnerships. Key discussion points include unlocking investments, identifying opportunities and challenges, and highlighting the critical role of insurance in de-risking investments for businesses to achieve nature-positive outcomes

Decarbonising the UK housing stock

14:00
 : 15:00 BST
Host

Decarbonising the UK housing stock is an infrastructure challenge of the first order. In April, Santander UK published the Tomorrow’s Homes report, which looks at the barriers to improving energy efficiency, and how the UK Government can overcome these. This roundtable will discuss the findings on reducing carbon emissions from the UK’s building stock and explore: The role of buildings efficiency in the UK’s path to net zero; how the government could support households and building owners; the role of private finance; how the government could better support the supply chain and skills development and what we can learn about building decarbonisation from other countries.

Making the market for Carbon Removal

14:00
 : 15:00 BST
Host

The roundtable will showcase emerging CDR policy while highlighting the needs and concerns of corporate stakeholders in how policy is being developed. The discussion will focus on practical steps and considerations of policymakers, with particular focus on the inclusion of CDR in cap-and-trade schemes.

Navigating a new reporting landscape

14:00
 : 15:00 BST
Host

Companies in 2024 are facing a changed landscape. The UK and EU have introduced mandatory environmental disclosure, with new frameworks and standards entering the market. What does this really mean for companies, and how can they best navigate it? Join CDP, the global environmental disclosure system, to find out more about streamlined reporting and disclosure to drive action.

Unlocking the power of UK pension funds for nature

16:40
 : 17:40 BST
Host

This roundtable will bring together senior leaders from the largest and most influential pension funds in the UK. Following the model this group set for climate in 2022, it will lay the foundations for a new coalition to drive positive outcomes for nature. The discussion will explore what the group’s joint ambition should be, how pension funds can work together to achieve this, and what can be learnt from past experiences in climate.

If you are interested in participating in a roundtable

  • Participation in the roundtables is an exclusive opportunity for attendees of the Climate Innovation Forum
  • Your details will be shared with the roundtable host/s and successful applicants will be contacted in advance of the event
  • There may also be some spaces available on the day, on a first come, first served basis

Please note that places at the roundtables are limited, and attendance at the Forum does not guarantee participation in our partner roundtables.

If you are interested in hosting a roundtable

If you would like to host a roundtable alongside the Climate Innovation Forum, please contact events@climateaction.org

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