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.
PAST Q&A SURGERIES
6 May, 10:00 – 11:00 BST
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
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
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.
25 November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
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
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
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.