Beyond COP26. The EU and the UK join forces to reach net zero – EEAS

COP26 certainly wasn’t a flop. It didn’t take us to where we need to get to, but it did take us a step forward into the really hard work of delivering on the Paris Agreement. So, I think that it took us somewhere. I think what surprised people was the […]

What can realistically be achieved at COP26? – LBC

What I hope can be achieved at COP26 is that we get a significant increase in the ambition of people’s national commitments, national targets to do with climate change, that we get enough money, a 100 billion that has been promised for a long time now, committed to help the […]

DEMOCRACY, LAW AND THE ENVIRONMENT – UKELA ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2021

This is a speech I gave at the UKELA annual conference 2021. In summary, I argue that the rule of law will not long survive a failure to maintain the ecological foundations of the economy. The climate is the foundation in the most imminent danger. The ecological foundations of the […]

DUBLIN CLIMATE DIALOGUES

Session 3: The implications of an accelerated transition to #netzero: This session will explore the implications of carbon pricing, the creation of a Carbon Club of Nations to accelerate transition, and the impact on global trade and investment in a #netzero era. Is a Carbon Club of Nations – a […]

What Are the Priorities for Environmental Law Following Brexit – PIEL UK 2021

It is fifty years since I joined a local group of Friends of the Earth. I started as an environmentalist. What I am going to do is step back a bit and look at both some of the failures and the tensions in a wider context of the development of […]

There’s no doubt about government green intentions, but what about its ability to follow through? – Green Alliance

Fifty years ago, extending the rule of law over the then wild frontier of the British environment was the main challenge facing environmental campaigners. Post-Brexit, the challenge we now face is protecting the rule of EU environmental law from populist politicians. Environmental law is the tool we use to balance […]

A carbon club?

Now that it is widely recognised that climate change does indeed pose an existential threat to civilisation, there is an accelerating search for new ideas about how best to respond. Not all of them are good. Many of these ideas are well-intentioned searches for ways to accelerate the agonisingly slow […]

What the US election will mean for global climate policy

A Biden victory would be a relief for climate campaigners worldwide. But would it be a game-changer for global efforts? By Dave Keating 29 Oct 2020 For many, the global climate and clean energy implications of a Joe Biden victory on 3 November can be boiled down to one campaign […]

Have BP got it right about the future of oil? – LBC

I think that BP are right about the future of oil. Amongst the international oil companies, they have put themselves out in front of realising that change is coming. Big change is coming, and they have positioned themselves very well. I noticed that, the other week, BP got praise from […]

Who should be running the COP26 summit? – BBC Today

You need to have somebody leading this who is seen to have the ear of the Prime Minister, and speaks with his authority, and I think Claire O’Neil didn’t really have that. So it wasn’t the wrong decision, but the way in which it was done, I don’t think inspires […]