Climate Action

Rising to the Net-Zero Challenge

As we emerge from lockdown following the global health crisis, can leaders from across all sectors rise to the challenge of greening the recovery?

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About this webinar


Recorded on: 16 July 2020

These are challenging times for many industries, and none more so than the energy sector. The impacts of COVID-19 have been vast: the price of oil has plummeted, many companies are struggling to formulate recovery plans, and pressures to rebuild a green, clean and fossil-free world are mounting.

But as we emerge from the global health crisis, can leaders from across all sectors rise to the challenge of greening the recovery? On the 16th July, Shell UK, Greenpeace and the Green Alliance shared the virtual stage to debate how industries can still rise to the challenge of greening the recovery. Whilst these three organisations have not always shared the same vision, are their strategies now more aligned than they once were? 

With a focus on the energy and mobility transitions - two critical components of the net-zero transition – we pose the question: does current government policy and private sector action stack up to the scale of the climate change challenge?

Discussion Points:

  • What specific principles would you like to see the government adopt to green the recovery?
  • Can the energy industry create net-zero pathways for other sectors to thrive in the energy transition?
  • What can we harness the shift in clean transport as we seek to rebuild?
  • Can oil and gas companies really be part of the climate solution or are they destined to remain the problem?
  • What is the role of CCS, CCUS and carbon offsetting as we aim to keep us on track for net-zero by 2050?


Sinead Lynch
UK Country Chair,
John Sauven
Executive Director,
Shaun Spiers
Executive Director,
Green Alliance
Moderator: Nik Gowing
Founder and Co-Director,
Thinking the Unthinkable
  • Supported by Shell

    Shell has played a vital role in powering the UK’s industry, transport systems and homes since the founding of Shell Transport and Trading over 120 years ago. We are one of the world’s largest independent energy companies, operating in more than 70 countries. Our aim is to thrive through this energy transition by reshaping our company to provide the mix of lower carbon products that our customers will need in the future, while continuing to supply the oil and gas that society needs today and for many years to come.

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