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The Impact on Business of Governments' Climate Commitments

via Webinar

5.00 pm – 6.30 pm BST

Climate commitments are increasingly affecting how businesses operate, and following COP26, such commitments are likely to increase further.

In a panel-moderated discussion including Chris O'Shea, the CEO of Centrica, a major energy company; Professor John Paterson, an expert in corporate governance and energy law at the University of Aberdeen; and Ellen Fraser, energy expert at Baringa, we will explore:

  • Do the new obligations imposed on businesses go too far or not far enough?
  • What support should businesses expect from the Government as they seek to comply?
  • With conflict in the East, is net zero still realistic?

We hope you can join us for this timely event.


Chris O'Shea, CEO of Centrica, will reflect from a business perspective on what needs to be done to give real-world effect to the COP26 commitments.

Professor John Paterson, Chair Professor of Corporate Governance and Energy Law at the University of Aberdeen, will speak on the geopolitical and legal dimensions of the energy sector.

Ellen Fraser is a trusted expert in the energy sector, a familiar face commenting on the BBC and quoted in many publications, from the Financial Times to The Guardian. At Baringa, one of Ellen's big clients is energy regulator Ofgem.


Alison Macdonald is a barrister at Essex Court Chambers specialising in public international law. She has a particular interest in the international law response to climate change, and her current work includes representing a group of Portuguese children in their climate change case in Strasbourg.


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This event is sponsored by the Jones Day Foundation and hosted by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.