Nigel Topping on Greening the Recovery

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Bridges to the Future – Nigel Topping on Greening the Recovery

Friday 3rd July 2020

13.00 - 13.30

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Nigel Topping is the UK’s High-Level Climate Action Champion for the COP26 UN climate conference.

With the Covid-19 crisis forcing the postponement of the summit till 2021, the UN’s Climate Ambition Alliance has recently launched a ‘Race to Zero’ emissions campaign, designed to turbo-charge support for the net-zero transition across businesses, cities and nations, and to ensure the post-pandemic economic recovery is a green one.

In conversation with Matthew Taylor, Nigel Topping shares his ambitions for the historic talks ahead and outlines the practical steps we need to take to strengthen political resolve, build civic momentum, and galvanise action across the everyday economy. If we commit to holistic system change now, he argues, we can grasp opportunity from crisis, and secure a safer, healthier, more prosperous future for all.


Speaker: Nigel Topping, UK High-Level Climate Action Champion, COP26

Nigel Topping is the UK's High-Level Climate Action Champion, appointed by the UK Prime Minister in January 2020. Nigel works alongside the Chilean High-Level Climate Action Champion, Gonzalo Muñoz. The role of the high-level champions is to strengthen collaboration and drive action from businesses, investors, organisations, cities, and regions on climate change, and coordinate this work with governments and parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).

Nigel was most recently CEO of We Mean Business, a coalition of businesses working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. Prior to that he was Executive Director of the Carbon Disclosure Project, following an 18-year career in the private sector, having worked across the world in emerging markets and manufacturing.

Twitter @topnigel

Chair: Matthew Taylor, RSA Chief Executive

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