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About the Speech: The UK’s 2008 Climate Change Act sets a legally binding target for the UK to reduce emissions by at least 80% relative to 1990 levels by 2050. Ahead of the COP 21 Climate Conference in Paris, countries responsible for over 80% of the world’s emissions have made pledges to reduce their national emissions, by varying amounts, before 2030. A key component of both the UK framework and any future international framework is how emissions are measured and monitored. In the UK, the independent Committee on Climate Change plays an important role in informing many different groups about progress to date in reducing emissions. In this talk, Matthew Bell will discuss lessons from the UK and its implications for other national and global efforts.
About the Speaker: Matthew Bell was appointed Chief Executive of the UK Committee on Climate Change (CCC) in November 2014. The CCC is an independent, statutory body established under the UK Climate Change Act 2008. Its purpose is to advise the UK Government on emissions targets and report to Parliament on progress made in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and preparing for climate change. Prior to his appointment, Mr. Bell was a Director at Frontier Economics Limited where he led its Public Policy Practice. He has widespread experience across all areas of public policy including environment, industry, energy, transport, healthcare, agriculture and others. He has a graduate degree in Economics and has worked advising governments in over 25 countries on all continents.