Science Summit: Making an Impact
- 03 December 2014
- 08:30 - 16:20
- Woburn House, London
The planet is heating up and so too is the debate on how to mitigate the impacts of global warming and climate change.
The Mitigating the Climate Emergency-Building a Low Carbon Economy conference is designed for environmentally conscious organisations looking to decarbonise their operations and for businesses to deliver growth in a greener, more sustainable manner.
The UN says that global emissions are reaching record highs, showing no sign of abating and that a climate crisis disaster is happening every week. The predictions and perceived consequences are stark, and the warnings are that unless action is taken now, we could only have eleven years left to stop irreversible damage from climate change and limit a ‘climate catastrophe’. In June 2019 the UK declared a ‘climate emergency’ and pledged to reaffirm its commitment to cut greenhouse gases by setting a target to cut emissions to ‘net-zero’ by 2050. This is in response to the global ambition to limit warming to ‘well below’ 2°C, with efforts to keep the increase to below 1.5°C.
A continuation of global warming will increasingly affect people’s lives and national economies. Transitioning to a low carbon economy, where businesses and organisations operate in an environmentally responsible and sustainable way, creating products and services that support a reduction in carbon footprint, is key to both environmental and economic success.
With the UK set to host COP26, the UN climate change summit, at the end of 2020, Open Forum Events invite you to join us at the Mitigating the Climate Emergency-Building a Low Carbon Economy conference. This timely event will analyse the evidence and discuss how the future of the planet may be safeguarded against climate change, whilst accelerating the rate of growth in the low carbon economy. The programme will highlight the dangers of climate change and the impact emissions, created through everyday activity, are imposing on the environment.
For those looking to make their own contribution in reducing greenhouse gases and decrease their carbon footprint, the agenda will make suggestions as to how this can be achieved in areas such a transport, energy efficiency, power sources and carbon offsetting.
This event is for all individuals, businesses and organisations that are looking to make the changes to more eco-friendly practices and contribute in averting cataclysmic changes to our environment.
Climate change resulting from record levels of global emissions is starting to have a life-threatening impact. With up to half of Greenland’s ice sheet thought to be melting, the Great Barrier Reef’s outlook downgraded from poor to very poor and the last four summers recorded as the hottest ever, there is little doubt that global warming is exerting its consequences.
Latest analysis has revealed that if carbon emissions can be reduced in the next 12 years, it may be possible to limit the increase in warming to ‘well below’ 2°C with further ambition to curtail the increase to below 1.5°C. In response, the UK Government on announcing an environment and climate emergency, has committed to exceed its current 2050 target to reduce emissions by 80% and now aims for ‘net zero’ greenhouse gases by the mid-century. Since 1990 the UK has already reduced emissions by 42%, whilst growing the economy by 72%. Clean growth is an integral part of the current Industrial Strategy and is the subject of one of the four Grand Challenges.
The efficient use of resources, alongside the adoption of low-carbon technologies, systems and services, as replacements to more costly high carbon alternatives, can not only reduce emissions but can deliver cleaner economic growth. Developing and manufacturing low-carbon technologies, goods and services could help see the number of ‘green collar’ jobs grow to 2 million and the value of exports from a low-carbon economy grow to £170bn a year by 2030. Figures have revealed that the UK low-carbon and renewable energy economy grew by 6.8% in 2017, nearly 4 times the rate of the underlying economy.
It is very clear that we are in an emergency situation and action to stop irreversible damage to the climate needs to be taken now. All citizens, organisations, governments, agencies and businesses have a responsibility to examine their carbon footprints and assess how they can reduce their contribution to greenhouse gas emissions. Other than the environmental advantages of a shift to low-carbon practices, there are also many clean growth economic opportunities making for a more sustainable future.
The Mitigating the Climate Emergency-Building a Low Carbon Economy conference will explore the current climate change situation, examine the initiatives devised to counteract it and explain how low-carbon strategies contributes to the low-carbon economy.
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