International Net Zero Local Leadership Conference brochure

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The International Net Zero Local Leadership Conference is a key milestone for UK locally-elected leaders ahead of COP26, highlighting some of the priorities in delivering climate change action in our race to Net Zero.

Following a high-level summit between UK local leaders and government ministers earlier in the day, it forms part of a wider effort from local authorities offering a partnership to the UK government. This offer aims at activating better collaboration towards Net Zero.

Hosted by UK100 and Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street, and attended by expert speakers and leading decision-makers from local and central government, business, NGOs, academia and trade bodies, the conference will explore: 

  • the power and effectiveness of local leadership on climate action and the pivotal role local government must play in reaching Net Zero in the UK 
  • highlight the priorities for local climate action that will enable decisive action to achieve Net Zero locally and nationally
  • what needs to change to enable elected local leaders to take faster, fairer climate action.

After an opening plenary we’ll break off into two rounds of in-depth panel discussions across six areas critical to Net Zero (listed below). 

Speakers include COP26 President Alok Sharma MP, Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham, Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee Lord Deben, Glasgow leader Susan Aitken, Chief Executive of Siemens plc Carl Ennis, Director of COP26 and Responsible Business at National Grid Duncan Burt, and Helen Hayes MP.