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We are delighted to invite you to a public panel event held by Bright Blue in partnership with the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung, entitled: European climate diplomacy.

Despite the UK’s departure from the EU, there is still a case to be made for close cooperation between the two on climate change, especially on climate security, climate migration and climate innovation. In a world where authoritarian actors such as Russia and China are becoming more assertive, the need for deeper cooperation between liberal democracies has never been greater. At this event, our high-profile panel will discuss how UK and European politicians and policymakers can work closer together to lead the world on climate mitigation and adaptation.

At this event, Bright Blue and Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung will also discuss our latest essay collection Fast Track? European climate diplomacy after COP26, which brings together essays from UK politicians, members of the European Parliament, academics and thought leaders.

Key questions:

  • How can the EU and the UK strengthen diplomatic ties on security and climate in response to increasingly assertive authoritarian states such as Russia and China?
  • What impact will climate change have on the UK and EU’s security in the near future?
  • How can European countries accelerate away from fossil fuels to greener energy as quickly as possible?
  • How best can the UK and Europe facilitate and benefit from green growth globally?
  • How can European countries be at the forefront of cultivating and commercialising the technologies that will help mitigate climate change?
  • What will changes in migration to Europe look like as a result of climate change and how should policymakers respond to this?
  • Are the UK and European nations doing enough to support the green transition in developing countries, and if not, what more could they do?


  • Tom Tugendhat MBE MP, Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee
  • João Vale de Almeida, Ambassador of the EU to the UK
  • Dr John Murton, UK Government’s COP26 Envoy
  • Ben Westerman, Head of Climate Policy, British Chambers of Commerce, and Senior Adviser, Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group
  • Dr Ayesha Siddiqi, University Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Cambridge
  • Ryan Shorthouse, Chief Executive, Bright Blue (Chair)


The Q&A session will be led by Chair, Ryan Shorthouse.


Wednesday 23 March 2022, 16:00 – 17:30 GMT


Council Room, One Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AA


This event is free and open to all, but please RSVP via Eventbrite here.