Towards UK Net Zero: A joint CSTF and CPF event on achieving Carbon neutrality by 2050 (register for interest date tbd)

Monday, 31st August 2020

Towards UK Net Zero: What is the role of Government in developing and deploying the science and technology to achieve carbon neutrality by the 2050 target?

Date to be Confirmed

Those registering interest will be contacted in advance to discuss contributions and questions

The Conservative Science and Technology Forum has agreed to work with the Conservative Policy Forum on a pilot of four webinars to test co-operation in helping set the Science and Technology Policies of the future – giving an equal voice to those who cannot readily attend meeting in Westminster. The objective of each webinar is to use structured discussion of a key question to identify those interested in working together across geographic boundaries to produce and review proposals to address the problems we will face as we emerge from lockdown.

The Objective of this Webinar is to set the agenda for a programme of CSTF events and co-operation between CPF, CSTF and others to support the Government target of net zero emissions by 2050, promoting the environmental benefits as part of the industrial strategy.


The UK became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050. (…)

Whilst there are a wealth of current activities and debates we are aiming to look ahead to the long term approaches and priorities need to achieve the target with sustained effort over a 30 year period even as the science and technology develops. amongst other issues we expect the debate(s) to cover:

  • What science and tech is needed to achieve Net Zero?
  • Low Carbon vs Carbon Capture?
  • What science and tech do we already have, but needs up-scaling?
  • What is the role of Government in 'picking winners'? What role does business and wider society play?
  • How do we identify policy priorities, short term action vs long term investments
  • Machinery of government/continuity issues for a 30 year timescale