Net Zero Festival: Sir David King on tomorrow's net zero world

BusinessGreen staff
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VIDEO: Former UK chief scientific advisor and now chair of the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG) offers a view on what the world may look like in the coming decades as the net zero transition gathers pace

What will the world look like in 2030, 2040, and 2050, as the journey towards a net zero economy gathers pace? What will society expect and how will businesses adapt?

Sir David King, emeritus professor of chemistry at the University of Cambridge, is certainly as well-placed as anyone to attempt answers to these questions. His vast experience in international climate science and diplomacy includes a number of years advising the UK government, firstly as its chief scientific advisor, and later as the Foreign Secretary's special representative on climate change.

And, as well as chairing and directing a number of academic institutions and initiatives, King recently co-founded the Climate Crisis Advisory Group (CCAG), which serves to act as an independent body of climate experts providing evidenced discussion, commentary and recommentations on climate policy worldwide.

At BusinessGreen's Net Zero Festival last week, King delivered - in his own words - a "severe" message in his keynote speech as he set out the scale of climate change emerging, and the efforts needed to try and combat the crisis. His speech and the interview which followed with journalist Lucy Siegle, can be watched in full above.

All of the panel debates, keynote speeches, and presentations from the Net Zero Festival - which took place over three days from 29 September 2021 featuring hundreds of top speakers from business, politics and academia - are now available to watch again on demand by signing up for free on the Net Zero Festival website.

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