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Climate and energy risk

Published: Thursday, 14th May 2015

The Director’s Note following the Foundation’s recent conference, “Climate and energy risk”, held at Ditchley Park in April is now published.
Although a diverse group of people had been assembled round the table, they were united by a common understanding of the seriousness of the threat of global warming and the role that energy policy had to play in mitigating this.  It was also recognised that for many, particularly in the developing world, the priority remained access to affordable energy rather than climate change action. This was a huge challenge.

Sometime was spent discussing the possibilities for a technological solution.  It was agreed that, while all options should be fully explored, this should not negate the collective responsibility to take action now, before it was too late. One low-tech solution which would make an immediate and substantial difference was the reduction of emissions by improved energy efficiency. But there was also a need to look at changing systems and institutions as much as at changing physical technologies.

To read the full report click here.