This virtual event, being held as part of London Climate Action Week, is organised by the Global Alliance of Universities on Climate (GAUC).

Many countries have now set targets for net zero emissions, or carbon/climate neutrality, by the middle of this century. However, the pathways to achieving targets for net zero emissions and carbon/climate neutrality have yet to be clearly set out, and substantive research and analysis is still on which to base them required. As countries now work on their plans for such pathways, the GAUC is holding this virtual event at which researchers from member institutions present their latest research findings on this issue, and discuss the implications of their results for policymakers.

This virtual event consists of pre-recorded presentations by researchers at member institutions of the GAUC, and two live discussion sessions on Tuesday 29 June and Wednesday 30 June 2021.

Day 1 of the live discussion sessions will take place between 11:00 and 14:00 British Summer Time on Tuesday 29 June 2021Register here

Day 2 of the live discussion sessions will take place between 12:00 and 14:00 British Summer Time on Wednesday 30 June 2021Register here

The pre-recorded presentations are accessible via the event website

Provisional programme

The live discussion sessions will consist of the following panellists

Tuesday 29 June 2021

11:00-12:00 Policymakers session

Chair: Nicholas Stern


John Kerry (Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, United States)
Xie Zhenhua (Special Envoy for Climate Change, China)
Patricia Espinosa (Executive Secretary, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change)
Alok Sharma (President of COP26)
Laurence Tubiana (Chief Executive, European Climate Foundation)

12:00-13:00 Net zero technologies

Anasuya Gangopadhyay (Indian Institute of Science)
Frank Jotzo (Australian National University)
Rupert Myers (Imperial College London)
Brand Wessels (Stellenbosch University)
Xiu Yang (Tsinghua University)
Romildo Toledo Filho (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro)

13:00-14:00 Net zero and carbon neutrality in the United States and China

Fan Dai (University of California Berkeley)
Daniel Esty (Yale University)
Jeffrey Sachs (Columbia University)
Chunping Xie (London School of Economics and Political Science)
Judy Jingwei Xie (Imperial College London)

Wednesday 30 June 2021

12:00-13:00 Net zero pathways and policies

Myles Allen (University of Oxford)
Ryoichi Komiyama (University of Tokyo)
Bronwyn Claire (University of Cambridge)
Guy Midgley (Stellenbosch University)
Ashwin Seshadri (Indian Institute of Science)
Steven Barrett (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

13:00-14:00 Net zero, growth and justice

Laura Diaz Anadon (University of Cambridge)
James Dixon (University of Oxford)
Daniel Kammen (University of California Berkeley)
Bernard Reber (Sciences Po)
Nicholas Stern (London School of Economics and Political Science)

This event is being held as part of London Climate Action Week

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