Climate Change and the National Adaptation Programme - Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum
Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum Keynote Seminar
Implementing the National Adaptation Programme, and priorities for climate change policy and practice in the UK
Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change
Dr Fiona Harrison, Deputy Director, Climate & Forestry, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Liz Parkes, Deputy Director, Climate Change and Business Services, Environment Agency
Patrick Begg, National Trust; Lisa Constable, Network Rail; Robert Fell, British Metals Recycling Association; Dr Alison Holt, Natural Capital Solutions; Oliver Lancaster, Wales and West Utilities; Councillor David Ritchie, Waveney District Council; Guy Smith, National Farmers’ Union andSteven Wade, Atkins
Baroness Kate Parminter, House of Lords
Morning, Thursday, 15th November 2018
This seminar is an opportunity to assess key priorities for UK adaptation to climate change.
Policymakers and stakeholders will discuss recommendations from the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee, ahead of an official response fromthe CCC due in early 2019 and following the publication of the National Adaptation Programme (NAP).
The agenda includes a keynote contribution from Baroness Brown of Cambridge, Chair, Adaptation Sub-Committee, Committee on Climate Change, as well as from Dr Fiona Harrison, Deputy Director, Climate & Forestry, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and Liz Parkes, Deputy Director, Climate Change and Business Services, Environment Agency.
This seminar has also received strong interest from officials with representatives already booked on to attend from the CCC; Defra; BEIS; DFID; DfT; DIT; Government Office for Science; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government; Ministry of Defence; National Infrastructure Commission; Office of Rail and Road and the Welsh Government.
Also due to attend are are representatives from Addleshaw Goddard; Affinity Water; Anglian Water Services; Barton Willmore; ClimateXChange;Flood Re; Geoffrey Osborne; GP Private Equity; Hope for the Future; Natural Capital Solutions; Polypipe; Power Technology; Taylor & Francis; The Crown Estate and Uniper Technologies, as well as reporters from Agra Europe/Informa; Carbon Brief; ENDS Report and Science.
Delegates will share latest thinking on climate change threats and guidance, and how economic and environmental challenges can be addressed and overcome.
With Scotland’s second five-year Adaptation Programme expected for publication in 2019, alternative strategic approaches will also be considered, with delegates examining best practice for engaging business, communities and other organisations.
Further sessions will assess the way forward for delivering resilience in the built and natural environment - looking at construction solutions for addressing weather vulnerability around rainfall, storms and flooding, engineering priorities for rail and track preparedness, and opportunities for enhancing cooperation with local authorities and urban planners.
Following the Environmental Audit Committee’s report Heatwaves: adapting to climate change, we also expect analysis of emerging challenges around high temperatures in the UK, potential threats to wellbeing and productivity, and responsibilities for preparations and mitigation.
Overall, areas for discussion include:
- Priorities and central themes for environmental adaptation identified in the NAP and the recommendations of the Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee;
- The views and responsibilities for meeting these priorities across key stakeholders groups - farming, water, manufacturing and industry;
- Scotland’s second five-year Adaptation Strategy, key features of design and implementation, and lessons that can be learnt from alternative approaches; and
- Designing resilient infrastructure in the built and natural environment - evaluating construction and engineering solutions for extreme weather events, rail, track and coastal defense building, and best practice for delivering adaptation.
This seminar will present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and is CPD certified (more details). Places have been reserved by officials from the CCC; Defra; BEIS; DFID; DfT; DIT; Government Office for Science; Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, Ministry of Defence, National Infrastructure Commission; Office of Rail and Road and the Welsh Government. Also due to attend are representatives from Addleshaw Goddard; Affinity Water; Anglian Water Services; Barton Willmore; ClimateXChange; Flood Re; Geoffrey Osborne; GP Private Equity; Hope for the Future; Natural Capital Solutions; Polypipe; Power Technology; Taylor & Francis; The Crown Estate and Uniper Technologies.
Press passes have been reserved by representatives from Agra Europe; Carbon Brief; ENDS Report and Science.
Overall, we expect speakers and attendees to be a senior and informed group numbering 100, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from Defra, the CCC and other relevant government departments, as well as energy and environment professionals, representatives from the agriculture sector, the water industry, infrastructure groups, academics and reporters from the national and trade media.
Output and About Us
A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 12 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at Defra, the CCC and other government departments; agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.
All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.
The Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum is a division of Westminster Forum Projects. It aims to provide an inclusive and impartial environment for constructive discussion of key issues in the environment sector. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition spokespersons and senior opinion-formers inindustry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade media.
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