A low-carbon economy: We must cut our use of fossil fuels

Carbon emissions - Photo by Ian Britton/FlickrAl Gore and former UK Government Chief Scientist Sir David King will be amongst high profile speakers at The Times/Smith School World Forum on Enterprise and the Environment, in Oxford from 5-7 July 2009.

More than 200 politicians, business leaders and academics are expected to attend the event with the President of Rwanda Paul Kagame, Indian Science Minister Shri Kapil Sibal, former BP Chief Executive Lord Browne and ex-London Mayor Ken Livingstone also addressing the conference.

The event, at Keble College, University of Oxford, will address the question: ‘Is there a model for low-carbon growth?’ with discussions focusing on how we ensure economic growth while simultaneously de-fossilising our economies.
International plans of action for governments, the private sector and academia should emerge from the World Forum, feeding into climate change talks in Copenhagen in December. 

This year is regarded by many as the make-or-break year for agreeing a successor to the Kyoto climate change protocol, parts of which expire in 2012. Many of those attending the World Forum will be involved in the succession of meetings taking place in many parts of the world and leading up to the Copenhagen negotiations.

Sir David King, Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, said: “The World Forum will provide a unique opportunity for world leaders from governments, business and academe to develop their thinking together on the transformation to a low carbon global economy.”

Sir David will brief the WCSJ in the Central Hall, Westminster at 11am on Wednesday July 1, after the climate change panel discussion involving Sir David, in the same venue.


Cath Harris, Communications Officer
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Notes to editors:

  • World Forum news is here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/news2
  • World Forum details are here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/events/as/world_forum_on_enterprise_and_...
  • The World Forum programme is here http://www.smithschool.ox.ac.uk/__data/assets/pdf_file/0005/8582/World_F...
  • Most business sessions of the conference are open to journalists who should register their interest with, and submit interview bids to, Cath Harris, Smith School Communications Officer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01865 614925 / 07917 338266.
  • Sir David King will host World Forum media briefings on:
    • Wednesday 1 July, 11-11.30am at the World Conference of Science Journalists
    • Sunday 5 July, 11am-12noon at Keble College, Oxford
  • There will be a press conference immediately after Al Gore’s closing speech on:
    • Tuesday 7 July, 12noon-12.30 at Keble College, Oxford
  • Al Gore and President Paul Kagame are only visiting briefly and unfortunately will not have time for interviews.
  • For accommodation in Oxford, visit http://www.ntopsearch.com/VisitEngland/en-GB/SearchResults/Default.aspx?...
  • The Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment is a unique interdisciplinary hub where international academics from a range of disciplines are working with the private sector and government to find solutions to the major environmental challenges of the 21st  century. The School was founded in 2008 by a benefaction from the Smith Family Educational Foundation and will be the foremost institution of its kind in the world. The School’s work covers environmental economics, finance, international development, law, politics, and all areas relevant to the response of the private and public sectors to environmental problems. Units from across the University of Oxford are involved in the creation and ongoing work of the School. Professor Sir David King is the Smith School’s first director. Sir David was the UK government’s Chief Scientific Advisor from 2000 to 2007.

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