Climate Action Q&A Surgeries

The UN Global Compact Network UK’s new series of Climate Action Q&A Surgeries are designed to offer climate/sustainability professionals a forum to engage with leaders and experts on climate-related topics. The sessions are open to all UN Global Compact Network UK members who are looking to learn and who are seeking support on climate-related practices and challenges.


Decarbonising Logistics

25 November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT

Expert Speakers:

  • Monica Araya, Lead - Transport at Climate Champions COP26.

In this Q&A surgery, participants will engage in a conversation with experts around: the barriers to EV uptake and how to overcome them; the role of government and business to accelerate the transition to electric transport; the benefits of transitioning to electric fleets; and more. This session forms part of the upcoming UN Global Compact Network UK Climate Forum.

Register for the event here.


Corporate Climate Action

24 September, 10:00 – 10:45 BST

Expert Speakers:

  • Jonathan Grant, Principal Advisor on Climate Change at Rio Tinto and Chair of the International Emissions Trading Association Board.
  • Vanessa Havard-Williams, Head of Environment & Climate Change, Linklaters.

In this first session we will be having a conversation on ‘Corporate Climate Action’, focusing on the challenges and practicalities of climate change for a company. Join this session to discuss: the challenges companies face in relation to taking action on climate change; changing behaviours and actions in companies towards climate change; climate regulation; practical ways in which to take meaningful action; and more.

*Please note that this Q&A Surgery is for UN Global Compact Network UK Members only.

Role of SMEs

27 October, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT

Expert Speakers:

  • Catherine Westoby – Senior Policy Advisor – Public Engagement and Behaviour Change on Net Zero at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.
  • Liam Burlinson, Head of Business Energy Efficiency at Centrica.

For this session, we will be engaging in a conversation on climate action for SMEs. SMEs make up around 90% of businesses and also feature heavily in larger companies’ supply chains. Meeting the goals of the Paris Agreement and achieving net zero economies will require huge transformation across the private sector, and will involve SMEs to commit to and deliver carbon emissions reductions.

Join this session to discuss: the role of SMEs in delivering a net zero economy; support available for SMEs; and the specific challenges faced by SMEs in taking climate action and how to overcome these.

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Climate Action Q&A Surgeries