Making Sense of Net Zero

Making Sense of Net Zero is an exclusive global event series that will convene over 2000 business leaders, policymakers, sustainability officers, NGOs and investors in the lead up to one of the most crucial UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in a generation.

Increasing numbers of countries and companies are pledging to reach net zero emissions. But what does this mean? Is it a business risk or a business opportunity? A sign of economic or political strength? How can you make sure your company is ready to meet ambitious carbon reduction demands, while remaining a competitive, successful business? And what can policymakers do to support businesses in making this transition?  

Drawing on the editorial expertise and global reach of the New Statesman, Energy Monitor, Capital Monitor, Tech Monitor and Investment Monitor, Making Sense of Net Zero will arm you with the strategies and solutions designed to help your business lead, innovate, collaborate and invest in the transition to a more sustainable society and drive change worldwide.  

Four half-day events will take place throughout September and October, allowing you to carve out a manageable chunk of your day whilst connecting with peers in an interactive and intuitive virtual setting.  

This free-to-attend event is a unique opportunity for leaders of business and policy to come together and put their collective expertise behind addressing some of the immediate challenges that will shape the COP26 agenda, as well as accelerating the pace of change brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Calendar of Events

Beyond COP26: Remaking the global economy

Many believe the drive for net zero is an opportunity for a just transition to a fairer global economy. A just transition is much more than creating jobs for former coal miners. What does net zero mean for economic growth and prosperity? Does it change the dynamics of the values guiding business and policymaking. Is stakeholder, rather than shareholder, capitalism the answer? How do business leaders and policymakers ensure the drive for net zero has a positive impact also on nature, health and society more generally?

Why technology is at the heart of the net zero revolution

The energy transition and the move to net zero will only be possible if we employ the very latest digital technologies, whether it is to balance energy systems, manage cyber security, or forecast the output of renewable energy systems. It will be the biggest challenge yet for the global technology sector to co-ordinate efforts, collect and share data, and merge physical and digital realms. Day 3 will examine the opportunities and challenges in integrating digital transformation with the energy transition.

How business can drive climate action

Increasing numbers of companies are going or pledging to go carbon neutral. Leading global companies will explain what they are doing, why they are working to remove emissions from their operations and supply chains. What are the challenges? How do companies pay for such a transition? How do they bring on board staff and shareholders? What are the rewards? And how companies can use their experiences to lead and drive policy and action, rather than waiting for a clear steer from government and policymakers.

Why net zero makes economic sense

It makes economic sense for countries and companies to shift from a reliance on fossil fuels to renewable energies, and to push for net-zero emissions throughout supply chains. Leading policy, finance and business experts will examine the economics of the clean energy transition and demonstrate why it makes sense to invest in this change rather than supporting the old order.