Climate Neutrality Forum

Opening sessions, 8 – 9 September 2021: Berlin, Milan, Brussels, Oxford, Online 

Followed by 7 Online Roundtable Discussions, Every Wednesday (starting on September 15th) Leading Up to COP 26 

(Webinar Registrations on the tab below)

About the Forum

Bringing together leading researchers, policymakers and practitioners working on achieving climate neutrality, the meeting will take place simultaneously at four hubs – Berlin, Milan, Brussels and Oxford – linked together to create a blended event that is both in-person and virtual in nature.

The Forum will explore the current scientific and policy context in a series of thematic discussions focused on 4 key challenges: Just Transition and Climate Justice, Immediate Emissions Reduction and Addressing the last 20%, Greenhouse Removal and Nature, Climate Finance and Policy.

Through roundtable discussions it will aim to explore the challenges and opportunities in achievement of climate neutrality in Europe and globally in the context of the goals of the Paris Agreement, the statements of policy ambition to 2030 and 2050 and the implications of latest findings provided by the IPCC Working Group I report.

These challenges will be further explored in a series of 7 thematic webinars over the following 7 weeks with the outcomes being presented to the UNFCCC COP26 meeting.   

With in-person participation at the four hub locations and online, this multi-hub blended meeting is also designed to showcase how international events can be conducted in a way that is consistent with a transition to a zero-emission future. We recognise the value of in-person meetings to enable the serendipity that comes from bringing people together from a range of viewpoints. Therefore, we will seek to enhance this with online networking between participants in the four locations.

This event will be co-hosted by the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change (Berlin), the RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment (Milan) and Oxford Net Zero at the University of Oxford (Oxford).

We are grateful for support from JPI-Climate and the ClimateWorks Foundation which has made this event possible.

Details on how to access the Forum’s virtual platform will be sent to all registrants closer to the event. For queries please contact


The Climate Neutrality Forum will also host seven online roundtable discussions in the lead-up to COP26.

Each theme will have a dedicated discussion group in which experts will review proposals for addressing core challenges in that field.

Click on the webinar you are interested in to register.





Climate Justice

Wednesday 15th September



Short-Term Emissions Reductions

Wednesday 22nd September



Final 20% Emissions

Wednesday 29th September



Nature, Land Use and Agriculture

Wednesday 6th October



Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR)

Wednesday 13th October



Climate Finance and Policy

Wednesday 20th October



Facing up to the climate crisis: What does it really mean to act like this is an emergency?

Wednesday 27th October




11:00 – 12:00 BST / 12:00-13:00 CET

Opening Session 


 Moderator: Cameron Hepburn, Professor of Environmental Economics at the University of Oxford, and Director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment

Valerie Masson-Delmotte, Co-Chair, Working Group 1, IPCC 

Ottmar Edenhofer, Director of the Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change, Director and Chief Economist of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and Professor of the Economics of Climate Change at the Technische Universität Berlin

Nicole Wilke, Head of International Climate Policy, German Federal Ministry for the Environment

Antonio Navarra, President Euro Mediterranean Center on Climate Change

Olivia Gippner, Member of Cabinet of Executive Vice President for the European Green Deal, Frans Timmermans, European Commission

12:00-13:00 BST / 13:00-14:00 CET

Break and Networking sessions

13:00-13:45 BST / 14:00-14:45 CET

Roundtable Discussion 1: Just Transition and Climate Justice


Moderator: Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, University of Oxford

Roda Verheyen, Lawyer, Rechtsanwälte Günther

Elena Verdolini, Professor in Political Economy at the Law Department, Università degli Studi di Brescia

14:00-14:45 BST / 15:00-15:45 CET

Roundtable Discussion 2: Immediate Emissions Reduction and Addressing the last 20%


Moderator: Valentina Bosetti, Professor of environmental and climate change economics, Bocconi university, and President Terna S.p.a.

Felix Creutzig, Head of working group Land Use, Infrastructure and Transport, Mercator Research Institute on Global Commons and Climate Change

Claire Perry O’Neill, Managing Director, Climate & Energy, World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD)

15:00-15:45 BST / 16:00-16:45 CET

Roundtable Discussion 3:  Greenhouse Gas Removal (GGR) and Nature


Moderator: Sabine Fuss, working group Sustainable Resource Management and Global Change Lead, Mercator; Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin 

Frances Seymour, Distinguished Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

Giacomo Grassi, Scientific officer at the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) (joining from Milan Hub)

Tim Kruger, Programme Manager, Oxford Geoengineering Programme, Oxford University

10:15-11:00 BST / 11:15-12:00 CET

Roundtable Discussion 4 – Climate Finance and Policy


Moderator: Massimo Tavoni,Director, RFF-CMCC European Institute on Economics and the Environment and Professor of Climate Change Economics

Carlo Carraro, Vice-Chair, IPCC; President Emeritus and Professor of Environmental Economics and Econometrics at Ca’ Foscari University of Venice 

Huw Van Steenis, Chair, Sustainable Finance Committee, and Senior Adviser to the CEO, UBS 

11:15-12:00 BST / 12:15-13:00

Review the agenda and next steps

13:00-14:00 BST / 14:00-15:00 CET

Closing session:  Climate change advisory bodies insights

Moderator: Frank McGovern, Chair of JPI Climate and Chief Climate Scientist at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Ireland 

Lizzie Garratt, Head of Research, Atmospheric & Polar, NERC

Gregor Laumann, Head of the DLR Project Management Climate and Nature Conservation, International

Fabien Ramos, Policy Officer, Directorate general for Climate Action, European Commission

Jim Skea, Co-Chair, Working Group III, IPCC

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