10th February 2016 - In December 2015, at the COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris, a landmark agreement was reached. The Paris Agreement and accompanying COP decision have the long term goal of limiting global temperature increase ‘well below’ 2°c, urging efforts to hold the increase to 1.5°c.

The outcomes additionally commit all countries to produce Nationally Determined Contributions, to pursue domestic measures aimed at achieving these and to report regularly on their progress.

The Paris Agreement was delivered shortly after a UK spending review announcement and the much anticipated policy reset speech delivered by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. Announcements on the future of solar, wind, low carbon homes and on carbon capture and storage have raised many questions on the UK’s long term decarbonisation strategy.

This provided an overview of the key outcomes from the Paris Climate Change Conference and addressed what these outcomes may mean for future UK energy and climate policy, bearing in mind the UK’s new emissions reduction plan is expected to arrive at the end of 2016.

Chair – Caroline Lucas MP


  • Sir David King – The Foreign Secretary’s Special Representative for Climate Change
  • Prof Michael Jacobs – Visiting Professor, Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment, LSE
  • Kirsty Hamilton – Low Carbon Finance Group, Chatham House (Associate Fellow)
  • Simon Bullock – Senior Campaigner Climate Change, Friends of the Earth

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