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Extractive & Primary Industries

Webinar: Climate Change – Implications for Extractive & Primary Industries



Chair: Nicolette Bartlett, Senior Programme Manager, CISL.

Guest: David Rice, CISL Fellow and former Director of Policy Unit and Chief of Staff , BP.

Guest: Jon Samuel, Group Head of Government and Social Affairs, Anglo American plc.


  1. What are the risks and opportunities of climate change to extractive and primary industries?
  2. How are extractives industries changing their business models to be more low-carbon and circular?
  3. How do we solve the tension between growing energy demand and climate change impacts?
  4. What are the merits and demerits of the ‘unburnable carbon’ and carbon capture and storage debates?
  5. Where might the leadership come from on climate change in this sector and what might it look like?


  • Investment in carbon capture and storage & renewables are key
  • We need a price on carbon and the markets will respond accordingly
  • There are opportunities for reputational gain, not only risks
  • We can meet the global energy demand, but not easily
  • Consumer boycotts can be a very effective catalyst for change


Does climate change create more opportunities/risks for extractives?

Extractives webinar poll 1

Should we leave unburnable coal in the ground?

Agri poll 5

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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