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Webinar: Climate Change – Implications for the Energy Sector



Chair: Eliot Whittington, Deputy Director for Policy, CISL and Deputy Director of The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group

Guest: Christoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council

Guest: Jill Duggan Director and Founder of Carbon Policy Associates Ltd and Senior Associate, CISL


  1. How might we see governments around the world driving successful policies on climate change?
  2. To what extent will COP 21 in Paris give greater clarity to the energy sector on climate change policy and carbon pricing?
  3. What is the expectation on the energy mix for the future, including the growth of renewables?
  4. What are the risks and opportunities of climate change for the energy sector in developing countries?
  5. Where are we seeing business leadership on climate change in the energy sector?


  • The level of engagement around COP21 is itself a turning point, which signals growing momentum.
  • Multiple, often conflicting policy goals – affordable, accessible, secure energy and decarbonisation – makes the politics challenging.
  • Carbon pricing is a key policy and change driver, but designing for flexibility, or learning by doing, is important.
  • Despite the rapid growth of renewables, they are likely to still represent a minority of the energy mix by 2050.
  • During the energy transition, different people in different places will be affected differently.


Do you see the future of the energy sector as being:

Agri poll 2

Do you think COP21 will give a clear signal on the price of carbon?

Energy poll 2

Where do you see greatest potential in terms of the future energy mix?

Energy poll 3

Additional resources


The Fifth Assessment Report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the most up-to-date, comprehensive and relevant analysis of our changing climate. Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.











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