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.

UPCOMING Q&A SURGERIES

Resilience and Adaptation
16 March, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT
In this Q&A Surgery, we aim to provide an introduction to the climate resilience and adaptation agenda by engaging in a conversation that will explore: what climate resilience and adaptation means for the private sector; the importance and role of business in enhancing resilience and building adaptive capacity; the risks of not taking action to build resilience; and more.
Register for the event here.

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

PAST Q&A SURGERIES

The Circular Economy
27 January, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT
Expert Speakers:
Nick Brown
, Sustainable Packaging Director at Coca-Cola European Partners;
Soukeyna Gueye, Research Analyst at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

In this Q&A surgery, participants will engage in a conversation with experts around: the basic principles of the circular economy; how companies can integrate these principles into their own operations and influence their entire value chain; the role of the circular economy in meeting science-based targets and other environmental targets; and more.

Decarbonising Logistics
25 November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
Expert Speakers:
Monica Araya, Lead - Transport at Climate Champions COP26;
Lorna McAtear, Fleet Manager - National Grid

In this Q&A surgery, participants engaged 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 formed part of the UN Global Compact Network UK Climate Forum.

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 had a conversation on ‘Corporate Climate Action’, focusing on the challenges and practicalities of climate change for a company. Discussed: 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.

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 engaged 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.

Discussed: 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.
Click here for a recording of the event.

If you would like to learn more about joining the UN Global Compact Network UK, click here or contact us at secretariat@unglobalcompact.org.uk.