British-Nordic Exchange 2020 - Driving action for carbon neutrality

The United Kingdom and Nordic countries are pursuing ambitious action towards the Paris Agreement goals, having committed to reaching net-zero by mid-century or earlier. Within strategies targeting climate neutrality, Negative Emissions Technologies (NETs) are an essential supplement to emissions reductions.

NETs also have a key role to play at next year’s COP26 in Glasgow, focussing on challenges such as Clean Growth, Green Finance and Nature-based Solutions. Sharing best practice on NETs is needed to identify barriers and help to bring NET’s to scale in a socially acceptable way; as internationally NETs are at different stages of development. Importantly, the concrete policy, regulatory and financial needs of NETs are yet to be fully explored.

In this webinar, on-the-ground experiences on the development of Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) will be shared, in an exchange on parallel national processes in the UK and Nordic countries, which have the potential to impact pathways for the European and Global contexts.

The NET-RAPIDO research team will be joined by climate policy expert Oras Tynkkynen, and panellists Ilkka Hannula, Fabian Levihn and Karl Smyth from pilots in the Finland, Sweden and the UK.


(Times are British Summer Time, UTC+1)

11:00 – 11:15 Welcome remarks
  HMA Tom Dodd, British Ambassador to Finland
Dr. Axel Michaelowa, Head of research “International Climate Policy”, University of Zurich; Senior Founding Partner of Perspectives.
11:15 – 11:25 Framing NETs in global and national climate policy processes
  Oras Tynkkynen, Senior Advisor, Sitra
Matthias Honegger, Senior Consultant, Perspectives
11:25 – 12:10 NETs: Finance and Policy Needs from a User Perspective
  Dr. Ilkka Hannula, Principal Investigator, VTT.
Dr. Fabian Levihn, R&D Director, Stockholm Exergi
Karl Smyth, Group Head of Policy and Government Relations, Drax

Hanna-Mari Ahonen, Senior Consultant, Perspectives
Dr. Kenneth Möllersten, Researcher, Mälardalen University
12:10 – 12:25 Plenary Audience Q&A

Moderated by Olivia Crowe, Climate Strategies
12:25 – 12:30 Final Comments