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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.


Business-Related Outcomes of COP26 
27 January, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT
Expert Speakers:
Mark Manning, Technical Specialist, Sustainable Finance and Stewardship, Financial Conduct Authority (FCA)
Stephanie Chang, Head of ESG Integration, Schroders 

At COP26, it was announced that 450 firms controlling 40% of global assets would align themselves to the Paris Agreement 1.5°C warming limit. Additionally, by 2023, all businesses with shares listed on the London Stock Exchange will be required to set out detailed public plans for how they will transition to net zero by 2050. This session will give attendees the opportunity to ask experts about these developments and learn about the actions they can take to create and advance their net zero strategies and manage investor expectations. 

Register here for this session. Please note, this event is for members only. 

Please contact Patrick Sandbach, Climate Action Project Manager, for more information. 


EU Taxonomy 
6 May, 10:00 – 11:00 BST
Expert Speakers:
Elise Attal, Head of Policy, UN Principles for Responsible Investment (UNPRI)
Jai Mallick, Associate, Institutional Capital, Foresight Group

In this Q&A Surgery, we aimed to support UK Network member’s understanding of the EU taxonomy by engaging in a conversation that explored:

  • The basic principles and the taxonomy;
  • How the taxonomy can support businesses and investors to achieve net zero;
  • How businesses and investors should use the taxonomy; and more.

Resilience and Adaptation
16 March, 10:00 – 11:00 GMT
Expert Speakers: 
Bridget Beals,
Partner and Co-Head of Climate Risk and Decarbonisation Strategy, KPMG UK 
Theo Bachrach,
Communications Lead, Race to Resilience, UN Climate Champions Team 

In this Q&A Surgery, we provided 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.

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 engaged 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.

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.

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.

Hand turns dice and changes the expression "climate change" to "climate chance".

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