Journey to Net Zero

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Thu 09May

How might Net Zero be achieved by 2035?

Facilitators: Jane Davidson, Stan Townsend and Alicia Carey

The world is experiencing the disastrous impacts of the climate crisis and is currently off track to avert further impacts.  Leading scientists recently issued what they called “our final warning”. The Welsh Government and Plaid Cymru have jointly invited an independent group to explore how the country can speed up its transition to net zero, and how amending its target to 2035 from 2050 could be made possible.


Event time: Thu 9th May 2024 at 7:30pm - Thu 9th May 2024 at 9:30pm

At a Glance

  • How might key sectors move this agenda forwards
  • Explore what the impact may be on society and sectors of our economy, how any adverse effects may be mitigated, including how the costs and benefits are shared fairly
  • Hear and contribute to how these ideas can be turned into deliverable action

The Questions of Wales Net Zero 2035

The Group is organising its work through a series of Challenges posed as questions, intended to stimulate thinking beyond the typical boundaries of sectors. Doing so will enable the Group to better identify interventions with potentially transformative impacts. The Group is seeking evidence to underpin accelerated pathways that will achieve net zero outcomes by 2035 and which have co-benefits particularly in the context of a just transition and being nature positive.

In the context of accelerating delivery of net zero in Wales to 2035, the Group is operating through the lens of the Wellbeing of Future Generations Act, both its goals and ways of working. Challenges will be launched one at a time, but respondents will be invited to link their proposals to other Challenge areas to demonstrate co-benefits.

The Five Challenges

1) How could Wales feed itself by 2035?
2) How could Wales meet energy by 2035 whilst phasing out fossil fuels?
3) How could Wales heat and build homes and workplaces by 2035?
4) How could people and places be connected across Wales by 2035?
5) What could education, jobs and work look like across Wales by 2035?

The Flow of The Evening

The evening will start promptly at 7:30pm.

Jane Davidson and Stan Townsend will provide a summary of their conclusions from their work so far. Including a summary messaging of policy change.

There will then be a chance to address some of these questions in small breakout groups with facilitated discussion.

Hawkwood are excited to be working with Wales Net Zero 2035 to examine some of these proposals and to see how some of these conclusions might benefit our local community.

We kindly ask that the structure of the event is respected and to respect the views and contributions of the attendees in the room.

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£FREE Evening Event


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Practical Information

19:00 - Arrival with cash bar
19:30 - Event begins
19:30-21:30 - Event
21:30 - Event finishes

This is a free event, however you will need to book your ticket in advance. You will receive your booking confirmation on the 7th May.

Jane Davidson

Jane Davidson is the author of #futuregen: Lessons from a Small Country, the story of why Wales was the first country in the world to introduce legislation to protect future generations. #futuregen is published by Chelsea Green.

She is Pro Vice-Chancellor Emeritus at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David.

From 2000 - 2011, Jane was Minister for Education, then Minister for Environment, Sustainability in the Welsh Government, where she proposed legislation to make sustainability the central organising principle; the Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act came into law in 2015. She introduced the first plastic bag charge in the UK, and her recycling regulations took Wales to third best in the world. She created a Climate Change Commission for Wales, the post of Sustainable Futures Commissioner, and the Wales Coast Path.

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Stan Townsend

In his own words: a stubborn optimist, powered by active hope and the wisdom I see in the natural world, hell bent on changing our relationship with each other and our home planet. Stan brings experience from many corners of climate action, a climate negotiator within the United Nations climate process though to fostering community of practices. Stan is currently Secretary for the Wales Net Zero 2035 Group aiming to develop to most radical and holistic climate action plans, chaired by Jane Davidson who proposed the world leading Well-being of Future Generations Act. Stan is the Hawkwood Climate Fellow.

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Alicia Carey

Alicia is passionate about protecting our environment and supporting people to make positive change. Alicia shows how building trust, embodying values and allowing just the right level of risk enables opportunities to flourish. Collaboration, curiosity and warmth characterise her interactions at every level. In 12 years at Hawkwood, Alicia's unique leadership style has brought financial abundance, ethical awareness, international recognition and creative zest