Trade in a decarbonising world: where the UK can lead

This event, on 29 November 2017, discussed the position of the UK in a global decarbonising market. It was jointly hosted by CAFOD, Christian Aid, Green Alliance, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF.


  1. Keynote speaker: Rt Hon Claire Perry MP, minister of state for climate change and industry
  2. Panel: Juergen Maier, chief executive, Siemens UK; Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE, chair of the Committee on Climate Change's Adaptation Sub-Committee; and The Right Reverend Nicholas Holtam, Bishop of Salisbury. The discussion was chaired by Shaun Spiers, executive director, Green Alliance.
  3. A new infographic report, UK trade in a decarbonising world, was launched at the event setting out the global context and the strong case for the UK to maintain climate leadership, support low carbon businesses and help emerging economies to achieve clean growth.
  4. Mike Clarke, CEO of RSPB, opened by saying the UK was at a point of great transition. He outlined the messages of the report, stating that clean growth needed to underpin the UK's future trade with the rest of the world.
  5. Climate minister Claire Perry MP gave the keynote speech...
  6. She began by saying that UK had a fundamental duty of stewardship to protect the climate for future generations.
  7. She said clean growth was needed to futureproof the economy.
  8. She emphasised there would be "no cliff edge for UK businesses" on the EU's Emissions Trading Scheme.
  9. She spoke about the importance of the UK's aid for climate action around the world.
  10. The minister said policies had to survive ministers and political changes to give certainty to industry. An audience member asked whether the government would be giving renewed attention to low carbon homes: