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Centre for Commercial Law Studies

The Politics of Decarbonisation

When: Thursday, July 11, 2024, 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Where: Room 3.1, Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary University of London, 67-69 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London WC2A 3JB


It's really easy to list the many ways in which "politics" of one form or another can obstruct, delay or even reverse decarbonisation, but how do we make it part of the solution(s), rather than just being a series of problems?

Professor James Dallas, Executive Director of the Energy & Climate Change Law Institute, chaired this insightful discussion with guest speakers:

Adam Brown - Dentons

Adam works at the law firm Dentons, specialising in Energy sector regulation. He advises commercial clients on the regulatory aspects of Energy sector activity and has worked extensively for the UK government (at Dentons and in-house) on a range of Energy and other projects. He has considerable experience in general public law and in preparing legislation and other forms of regulation (such as licence conditions and industry agreements). In the UK he has worked on approximately 10 Parliamentary Bills and over 30 pieces of secondary legislation; during the UK's EU membership he also advised on the negotiation of EU Directives and Regulations.

Bernice Lee OBE - Chatham House

An expert on the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability and resource security, international trade and China, Bernice is a member of the UK Global Resource Initiative Task Force, the UK Climate Change Committee’s International Advisory Group, Energy Foundation China Board, the Steering Committee of the Forum on Trade, Environment & the SDGs (TESS), and the World Economic Forum Global Future Council on Energy Transition.

Michael Peel - Financial Times

Michael Peel has been science editor of the Financial Times since October 2023. He covers all elements of science, from the sub-microscopic to the cosmic.

Michael is a chemistry graduate and has been an FT journalist for more than 25 years, including postings in Lagos, Abu Dhabi, Bangkok and Brussels. He has been seconded in Tokyo as executive editor of Nikkei Asia. He is the author of The Fabulists: How Myth-makers Rule in an Age of Crisis (Paperback 2021) and A Swamp Full of Dollars: Pipelines and Paramilitaries at Nigeria’s Oil Frontier (2009), which was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award, and most recently- "What Everyone Knows About Britain, except the British" (2024).

Keith Vincent - HM Treasury

Currently, lead lawyer for HMT/TLA on the regulation of cryptoassets, CBDC and fintech (particularly AI in financial services) and the UK Government expert at the Hague Conference in Private International Law for CBDC and digital tokens. Has worked on Green Finance, ESG and the UK technical screening criteria (TSC).

Previously a lawyer for the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) advising on planning and environmental matters , petroleum exploitation and extraction, and energy market regulation.

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