Christiana Figueres

Monday, April 10, 2017

18:00 - 21:00

The 100th Crowd Forum is a moment to thank the 300 speakers and 17,000 attendees who have contributed to a rolling conversation spanning nine years, and we are extremely privileged to mark this important milestone with Christiana Figueres.

Christiana has had an extraordinary impact on the global climate agenda. Inheriting the leadership role for the UN climate agreement process in 2010, her infectious optimism was instrumental in 196 heads of state signing and ratifying the Paris Agreement. It was the first time climate talks had ended in agreement.

Christiana is now engaged in a series of high-level roles, including as a Climate Leader with the World Bank and Vice Chair of the Global Covenant of Mayors, and focusing all her efforts on accelerating action on climate change in order to bend the curve of emissions by 2020. Christiana will provide an insight into her work, talk about why 2020 is so important, and challenge the audience to come together in radical collaboration to ensure the temperature limits outlined in the Paris Agreement are not breached. After her speech, Christiana will be interviewed by Axel Threlfall. Axel will explore the role business can play, how the climate agenda can prevail in a world of shifting priorities and where the breakthrough solutions are emerging.


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Christiana Figueres Mission 2020

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Round Tables

A zero carbon 2050

From a consumer perspective what does net zero by 2050 actually look like; what will their role be, will they notice a difference, is it evolution of revolution? Can we actually visualise this to help take consumers on that journey? What is your vision of the zero carbon 2050 home? What steps should business be taking today to enable this journey? 

Carbon pricing

Carbon pricing seems to making a return, both at the country and company level. What are the merits of using carbon pricing to remove carbon from a business, and its supply chain, versus absolute reduction targets and other  methods? And with a range of prices being used by companies, how does one arrive at a price that is both scientifically robust and acceptable internally?

Climate communications

How should companies communicate climate in 2017? Given the urgency of Christiana’s 2020 objectives and the crisis of liberalism, is it time to increase communications? Or does the public mood suggest it is time to make quiet progress, and focus stakeholder messaging on more topical social issues? This table is primarily for those involved in communications and marketing.

Climate engagement

Do you agree that companies with progressive climate positions tend to be better at engaging their employees on climate issues? Recognising that climate fatigue exists, should sustainability experts seek to corral employees into climate action through volunteering and other means, or should they allow employees to choose the social and environmental issues that are most important to them?

Going renewable

How can large energy users buy new renewable energy in the post subsidy era? It is now 10 years since the first grid connected PPA’s, and many companies have invested in onsite generation. In the context of falling subsidies and urgent climate science, how can companies make significant progress in their use of renewable energy in 2017?

Mission 2020

GHG emissions must reach a turning point in 2020 and begin their steady decline if we are to ensure the SDGs are met in 2030 and net zero emissions achieved by 2050. How can Christiana’s various efforts to raise the ambition on climate help business accelerate their decarbonisation programmes? How can you anchor 2020 into your business's planning efforts?

Reporting climate risk

How should companies prepare for greater investor engagement and tougher climate risk reporting standards? We’ll discuss the risks covered by the new FSB and TCFD guidelines, from energy prices to storm damage, and how to identify, assess and communicate the financial impacts. Should sustainability teams welcome these guidelines, how will they engage with finance functions?

Third sector partnerships

With many companies are turning to NGOs and charities as partners to achieve their social and environment objectives, we ask if this adds up to a sea change? Which examples do you admire and why? Does it matter if they become quasi consultancy arrangements? Is the third sector taking a significant risk in becoming too close to corporates, and how can they protect against this?

Zero carbon pathways

As many companies start to plan for a zero carbon world, we consider the major interventions for achieving scale. From setting science based targets to solutions such as onsite generation, PPAs, 3rd party financing, EV’s, Artificial Intelligence and storage. Where will the major obstacles and breakthroughs lie, and how should companies set a realistic timescale for achieving zero carbon? 

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The Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales


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