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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8EP United Kingdom

We need to action to tackle the climate emergency, but what can local communities do? How local economies adapt to the change needed? Join us in London to discuss these questions and more!

Event Background

With the consequences of climate change beinng increasingly perceptible through extreme weather events (both worldwide and in European countries), verifiable research is urgently needed to set targets and policies that reduce greenhouse gas emissions by the amount necessary to secure a livable environment. At the same time, policies to reduce greenhouse emissions are often attacked for threatening existing jobs. 

GEF’s transnational project “Strengthening Climate Targets, Creating Local Climate Jobs” sets out to explore what greenhouse emissions reductions would mean in practical terms for our job markets and economies, and whether jobs could be created in rural areas across Europe. Can both a safe and just economically sound life for all be achieved? To this end, our project undertook research on the potential to create more climate jobs in three EU countries with diverse historic and economic prerequisites: United Kingdom, Ireland and Hungary. In 2019 the project is expanding also to Poland. 

About the Event: 

This climate energy conference is a one-day event for those looking to act on the climate emergency.  What can local authorities and communities do?  What scale of change do we need to be looking at?  What could the benefits be for jobs and local economies?  How do we keep fossil fuels in the ground? 


Andrew Simms, (Rapid Transition Alliance) on the Climate Emergency 

Paul Allen, (Centre for Alternative Technology) on Zero Carbon Britain 

Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims, (Green House) on Climate Jobs 

Yves Marignac, (Association négaWatt) on the Europe-wide transition 

Nadine Andrews, (Green House) on Climate psychology & cultural shifts 


The details of the following programme are still to be confirmed. Please check back later for more information. 

10.00 – 10.30 – Registration


  • Welcome and introductions – Natalie Bennett GEF, Anne Chapman GH
  • The Climate emergency – Andrew Simms
  • Climate Psychology and cultural change – Nadine Andrews
  • Questions and discussion
  • Introduction to parallel sessions and workshops

11.45-12.00 – tea/ coffee break

12.00 -13.00 Parallel sessions

  • Making a plan
  •  Green New Deal and Just Transition – Fatima Ibrahim and Sam Mason
  •  Climate Jobs – Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims
  •  Zero Carbon plans – Paul Allen (Centre for Alternative Technology) and negaWatt

13.00 – 14.30 – Lunch and information/discussion tables on:

  • Reuse and recycling
  • Sustainable and Active Transport
  • Renewable energy
  • Food, farming and land use
  • Street by street retrofit

14.30 – 15.15 Workshops

  • Making it happen
  • Reducing In-house emissions – Simon Pickering
  • How to get organisations to achieve a step change in emission reductions.
  • Widening the Coalition
  • Using the planning system
  • How should the emergency be reflected in statutory local planning documents?

15.15 – 15.45 – Tea/coffee break

15.45 – 16.45pm – Plenary – panel discussion chaired by Natalie Bennett


Conference fee: £10

Please register for this event via the form found here.


235 Shaftesbury Avenue
London, WC2H 8EP United Kingdom

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