Join us at 6.30pm at the BBC’s flagship redevelopment in central London – Broadcasting House.

Following the Queen’s Speech announcement of an Energy Security and Green Economy Bill, Fiona Harvey, Environment Correspondent at the Financial Times; James Cameron, Founder of Climate Change Capital; and someone to represent the government perspective (tbc) will be discussing who in government and in business has the resources, the vision and the mandate to deliver the major changes which are needed to help the UK’s transformation to a sustainable economy.

We have also invited H2ope to give a short presentation on a programme which illustrates some of the strands of the discussion.

This will be followed by refreshments, kindly provided by the BBC, and networking.

Further Details

Through this discussion we hope to build a post-election development roadmap of the various aspects of physical infrastructure alluded to in the UK government’s 2009 low carbon transition plan, along with the associated governance and financial framework.

Our definition of physical infrastructure includes the assets, UK-wide, that are needed to fulfil the interim carbon budgets which government has set (i.e. not those which directly relate to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme) e.g.:

  • offshore wind
  • CCS
  • smart metering / grid
  • domestic waste processors
  • alternative fuelling / vehicle charging

By focusing on “governance infrastructure” we hope to answer the question of which departments/authorities are leading each bit of delivery, e.g.:

  • BIS/DECC/DfT/EA
  • Sub-national and regional players
  • Cities

“Financial infrastructure” is perhaps the most interesting, in that we’re looking for a high level picture of how projects will be funded and accounted for, e.g.:

  • a green investment bank / green fund
  • carbon accounting standards
  • domestic energy feed in tariffs

The discussion will be at a sufficiently high level for a good overview, while dipping into the areas where panellists have insight.