2016 Conference Keynote Speakers:
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth
Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI
Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS
Lord Bourne of Aberystwyth has served as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for the Department of Energy and Climate Change and the Wales Office since May 2015.
Lord Bourne responsibilities at DECC include:
- energy efficiency and fuel poverty
- heat, including Renewable Heat Incentive
- smart meters
- climate science and innovation
Prior to his political career Lord Bourne was Professor of Law at Swansea Law School and has taught law at Hong Kong University, the London School of Economics and at Cambridge University.
Joan MacNaughton CB HonFEI is an influential figure in the energy and climate policy debate, having been Director General of Energy in the UK, overseeing the energy agenda during the UK Presidency of the EU. She is Executive Chair of the World Energy Trilemma for the World Energy Council. From 2004 to 2006, MacNaughton was Chair of the Governing Board of the International Energy Agency. From 2007 to 2011, she led Alstom's policy department. In 2012 she was Vice Chair of the UN High Level Panel on the Clean Development Mechanism. MacNaughton is an Honorary Fellow and Past President of the Energy Institute, Chair of the Energy Academy of Europe International Advisory Board, an IETA Fellow, and Trustee of the Climate Group. She has served on numerous other academic, public and private sector boards and has lectured extensively on energy and climate policy.
Professor Dame Julia Slingo OBE FRS is Chief Scientist at the Met Office, providing scientific and technical strategy, ensuring the organisation adheres to good scientific and technical standards, and directing and managing research and development. She also represents the office, on science and technology, across government.
Before joining the Met Office she was the Director of Climate Research in NERC's National Centre for Atmospheric Science, at the University of Reading, where she is still a Professor of Meteorology. In 2006 she founded the Walker Institute for Climate System Research at Reading, aimed at addressing the cross disciplinary challenges of climate change and its impacts.
Julia has had a long-term career in climate modelling and research, which has included:
- Contributing to the Stern Review on the Economics of Climate Change and to the Fourth Assessment Report of the IPCC
- Serving as a member of several national and international committees, including the Met Office and ECMWF Scientific Advisory Committees
- In 2007 being appointed to the Joint Scientific Committee of the World Climate Research Programme
- Regularly being involved in Royal Society activities, and in 2008 becoming the first woman President of the Royal Meteorological Society
- Being awarded a DBE in the 2014 New Year's honours for her contribution to weather and climate science over a career spanning more than 30 years
- Being elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 2015
Previous keynote speakers have included Ben Page in 2015, John Ashton in 2014, and David Kennedy in 2013
Download the 2016 agenda
Read the press release: UK Public Sector "largely unprepared" for climate change risks including flooding
Conference highlights: The Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference 2016 as seen through Twitter
See photos from the conference in the gallery below.
Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities:
A limited number of sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for the 2016 event. Do you have a service or solution to showcase to the public sector? Contact Jess Weaver on 07766 307249, firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Sustainability leaders from over 220 public sector bodies across the UK attended the 2015 conference, which was held at the Barbican in London. See more information on last year's event.