The debrief: outcomes of COP27

Zoom webinar -

What: Briefing on the outcomes of the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

When: 12:00 GMT Monday 21 November 2022

Where: Zoom webinar; please register via this Zoom link.


Bernice Lee, Research Director, Futures; Hoffmann Distinguished Fellow for Sustainability, Chatham House - expert on the environment, the politics of climate change, innovation for sustainability, international trade and China.

Prof Emily Shuckburgh, Director, Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge's major climate change initiative.

Sepi Golzari-Munro, Energy Transition Director, Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) - commentator on energy & climate issues in the U.K. and internationally, having previously worked in the government and civil society sectors on these issues.

Richard Black, Senior Associate, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU) - Senior Associate focussing on the international agenda

Gareth Redmond-King, International Lead at ECIU (chair).

What it's about:

With the COP27 climate summit in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt due to close on Friday 18 November – although experience suggests it may overrun – attention turns to possible outcomes and what it means for what happens next.

Billed as an ‘implementation COP’ by the Egyptian hosts, many observers feared that progress in Sharm El-Sheikh could have been hampered by leaders’ focus on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and the global energy and food crises. However, solutions to the global poly-crisis are as interlinked as the crises themselves, so focus at COP27 has been on progress on key issues including climate finance (particularly on loss and damage, and on adaptation - supporting poorer nations on climate impacts), and on enhanced emissions pledges (NDCs) continuing to build on the momentum following COP26 in Glasgow.

Taking place on Monday 21 November after the talks have closed, this briefing will consider:

  • What was achieved at COP27, and what it means for the UK – both domestically, and on the global stage in the period after our presidency of the COP, as attention turns back to Russian aggression against Ukraine, and its energy war on Europe.
  • Can COP27 be considered a success – on global momentum on clean transition, on supporting the poorest nations, most vulnerable to climate impacts, and on implications for the UN climate process itself;
  • What should the UK take from COP27 – for domestic net zero delivery, for our future role on the world stage, for the economic and national security risks and opportunities that confront us in a time of multiple, interconnected global crises.
  • What are likely to be the key issues to watch in the months following the summit.

For more information:

George Smeeton, Head of Communications, ECIU, email: t: +44 (0)7894 571 153 [currently in Egypt for COP27 – please use WhatsApp for urgent calls, or send a text message]