Wed, 10 November, 14.30 GMT, Danish Pavilion, COP26 Venue

A just transition for the oil and gas sector is the next frontier and a sensitive intervention point for climate mitigation. Today, we have a narrow window of opportunity to close the gap between international climate ambitions and policies for limiting global warming to 1.5°C. In the North Sea, Denmark, Norway and the UK are expected to play a key role as first-movers, but only Denmark has so far committed to phasing out production. The scale of this challenge requires policymakers, industry, academia and civil society to work together. Our event explored the role of these actors in the transition from black to green, highlighting the leadership role of Denmark both at national and international level.

We also launched three new reports looking at the opportunities and barriers for oil and gas just transition in Denmark, Norway and the UK/Scotland. They include key insights on the status of the transition in each country, the market and regulatory landscape, key stakeholders and narratives, social and economic implications of the transition, and sensitive intervention points for policy action.

Agenda and speakers:

Welcome and introductionAndrzej Blachowicz, Managing Director, Climate Strategies
Keynote speech: A Danish Success Story: The Role of Government in Achieving Buy-in for the Transition of the Oil and Gas IndustryTomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s Climate Ambassador
I Panel: Black to Green in Denmark: A Public & Private ImperativeTomas Anker Christensen, Denmark’s Climate Ambassador
Michael Simmelsgaard, COO, Group Executive Board, Rambøll
Anne Højer Simonsen, Senior Director Climate, Confederation of Danish Industry  
Emil Damgaard Grann, Lead Global Public Affairs Advisor, Ørsted
Presentation: A Just Transition for Oil and Gas in the North Sea: Lessons from Denmark, Norway and the UKGökçe Mete, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
II Panel: Co-creating evidence and pathways: Can Research Accelerate Policy Action for the Just Transition Beyond the North Sea?Kirsten Jenkins, Lecturer in Energy, Environment and Society, University of Edinburgh
Gökçe Mete, Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute
Lydia Dai, YOUNGO Delegate, UCL student
Mike Coffin, Senior Analyst in Oil, Gas and Mining, Carbon Tracker
Closing of the eventAndrzej Blachowicz, Managing Director, Climate Strategies