Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in Northern Ireland

Translink is leading the transport transformation in Northern Ireland, aiming to operate a net zero emissions fleet by 2040 and creating advanced services and networks to be your first choice for travel today, for tomorrow.

This event will give an account of Translink’s actions to revolutionise and decarbonise NI’s public transport system, transitioning to renewable energy technologies and accelerating net zero emissions across their bus and train fleet and wider business by 2040.

Showcasing a compelling innovative case study and panel discussion on the ground-breaking work to deliver the first hydrogen double decker fleet and the first hydrogen refuelling station on the island of Ireland alongside next steps with 100 new zero emission (electric / hydrogen) buses due to be in service next Spring.

Panellists will also share their views on how collaboration has ignited and fuelled ambitious energy solutions to create zero emission public transport coupled with how we need to change attitudes and behaviours towards greater utilization of greener public transport to reduce emissions and free up space in our cities and urban areas for people and active travel, creating cleaner air to breathe for a healthier place to live, work and visit.

Through partnership we can accelerate climate actions within the transport industry and make a bigger impact on our planet for generations to come.

Keynote Speaker: Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink


Formula E Change. Accelerated. Accelerating sustainable human progress through the power of electric racing

Over the last seven years, the ABB FIA Formula World Championship has developed into the pinnacle of electric motor racing and sits at the intersection of technology, high performance and sustainability. And this is only the beginning.

After starting as nothing more than a collection of notes on a napkin for an all-electric street racing series, Formula E has become the world’s most progressive sport driving electric vehicles to the fore in the race for a better, cleaner future.

Hear from some of the world’s best racing drivers, brands and industry pioneers on how racing through the streets of the most iconic cities in the world is leading the way in using sport to deliver a future we can embrace.

Whether it is developing the battery technology used in road-vehicles around the world, shining a light on environmental issues we must address, ensuring all walks of life are given equal opportunities or partnering with global organisations to inspire change, Formula E remains the planet’s favourite sport.

This unique, interactive session will provide insight and opportunity to engage with the key stakeholders at the forefront of a new approach to sport and fan engagement.


Talking about Our Generation: putting younger generations in charge of the switch to sustainable energy & transportation

Following a film premiere with Fully Charged and National Grid where young people document their hopes, dreams and fears for climate change, we invite you to join a riveting panel, with TV presenter Robert Llewellyn speaking to youngsters as we put them in charge of the switch to sustainable energy and transportation.

Hear their thoughts on:

  • Whether we are making progress fast enough
  • Where they want to see focused efforts when it comes to cleaning up transport
  • What they want those in charge now to do to protect their future.

This won’t be your ordinary panel talking to experts – we will be flipping things around so future generations have their say on what shape the world should take when it comes to energy supply and driving the future of transport.


Not without us! – Pathways to a gender just transition

List of speakers:
– Ndivile Mokoena, Gender CC Southern Africa
– Dunja Krause, UNRISD
– Melissa Moreano, Critical Geography Collective,
Ecuador (facilitator)
– Representative from South Asia

This event will debate the interlinkages between gender justice and just transition. How do lived experiences differ for women when it comes to the impacts of the climate crises and how do they deal with it? How can the coping mechanism developed by women in different sectors influence the just transition debates? Are current just transition debates taking into account care work and gender segregation in the labour market? And what would a gender just transition look like?

Just Transition is not only about the transfer of the energy sector to a fossil-free power production, it’s a just transition to a new form of society. Based on examples from Latin and Northern America, Africa and Asia, we will
delve into a debate about what kinds of just transitions hold the potential to achieve a social-ecological transformation and why changing the value of different kinds of work and sectors might be necessary in order to achieve low-carbon sustainable development. The examples will be illustrated by short film clips of local
stories from different regions.

This session will advance the understanding of the potential of a gender just transition and how it could lead to a higher level policy change and climate justice.


Polar Net Zero

This interactive event challenges young people around the globe to think about the part they can play in creating a low carbon future.
By questioning world-leading experts who are developing sustainable solutions to reduce energy use at British Antarctic Survey research stations school children will learn how human ingenuity, creativity, and technology can help people live with and adapt to climate change. Its key message to students is ‘you can help ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all’.


Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future

SSE will premiere Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future, a film celebrating the rich heritage of hydro power and looking ahead to its vital role in combating climate change. The film will look at the transformative social and economic impact hydro power had on the north of Scotland following WW2, the continued role it plays and the potential for this almost 80-year-old technology to support a decarbonised electricity grid.  Following the film’s premiere there will be a panel event with UK and international experts discussing hydro’s role in reducing carbon emissions.


Climate and the Deep Sea World: Schmidt Ocean Institute’s Global Efforts – A Visual Journey and Panel

The backdrop of legends and movies, the deep sea has always been unfathomable because we had no idea what existed there. Once thought to be barren of life, we now know this couldn’t be further from the truth. Life exists under extreme conditions at these depths and with every deep-sea expedition we gain a greater understanding of the crucial services it provides our planet. Although seemingly remote, the deep sea plays a key role in our climate. Better understanding of remote and deep-sea biodiversity, offers insight into how these systems both influence the climate and are, in turn, influenced by climate change. These insights are made with the help of new technologies such as Schmidt Ocean Institute’s 4,500 meter capable underwater robot, ROV SuBastian. This two hour event will feature exclusive, award-winning, video content from deep sea waters showcasing new species and underwater features with interviews from scientists around the world discussing the impact of climate change on these fragile ecosystems. Footage will be shared from the Great Barrier Reef and Coral Sea Marine Parks in Australia, the Phoenix Islands Protected Area in Kiribati, the Mariana Trench in Guam, submarine volcanoes of Tonga, hydrothermal vents in the Gulf of California – Mexico, and white shark feeding grounds in the high seas. The film will be followed by a panel centered on climate impacts in the deep sea and how we can better understand and mitigate this in order to improve the overall health of our planet. The panel will include Ocean experts focused on high seas, biodiversity and seabed mapping.


ACE and the Clean Energy Transition

Efforts to embed the environmental democracy principles of open government, citizen participation, and access to justice principles in environmental governance – have been ongoing since the 1992 Rio Summit. Yet the potential of these principles to enhance climate action has yet to be realised. Action on Climate Empowerment (ACE) and environmental democracy can strengthen the participation of citizens, local communities, women, and indigenous peoples in energy decision-making, creating powerful tools for convincing decision-makers to undertake ambitious, just clean energy objectives and orientate them to fulfil them with the widest societal ownership. Societal ownership can, in turn, facilitate the implementation of ambitious clean energy objectives and enhance legal certainty. The adoption of the Glasgow ACE Work Programme brings a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the clean energy transition.

WFD will convene a panel in collaboration with the World Resources Institute (WRI), International IDEA, Climate Action Network (CAN), E3G and the Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Committee (BEIS) of the UK House of Commons to:

  • Provide views on how to ensure that climate empowerment is placed at the heart of national action plans on climate as a delivery mechanism of the Paris Agreement and its ‘ratchet mechanism’.
  • Highlight the role of Parliaments to serve as major hubs for innovative action for clean energy climate empowerment and demonstrate the example of the UK Climate Assembly in generating and integrating citizens’ views into policymaking as regards societal preferences for a zero-carbon energy mix.
  • Showcase examples of environmental democracy worldwide driving climate action including the transition to clean energy. (MPs from Costa Rica, Georgia, Pakistan).


Enhancing ambition on climate change in cities and regions

This event will demonstrate how cities and regions can play a more ambitious role in addressing climate change and reaching the goal of net zero.

Hosted and chaired by the Carbon Trust, we will present inspiring and replicable examples of cities and regions leading the way to net zero, showcasing outstanding exemplars from the UK (London and Wales) and international case studies (China and Mexico).

The one-hour event will feature a lively and engaging panel discussion on how cities and regions can drive local ambition and action, highlighting the collaboration between city, regional and national governments required for success.

Senior representatives will showcase action, not just targets and talk, across four initiatives:

  • Implementing a Net Zero Wales
  • Net zero strategy for the City of London
  • Coordinated climate action in Mexico: Guadalajara’s pathway to carbon neutrality
  • Driving climate action in China’s cities


  • Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government
  • Mario Ramón Silva Rodríguez, General Director, Instituto Metropolitano de Planeación Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
  • Division Director of Wuhan Ecological Environmental Bureau
  • Senior representative from C40 Cities
  • Poppy Potter, Associate Director, the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust has two decades of experience working with public sector organisations in the UK and around the world, helping to raise ambition on climate action and develop and implement climate action plans.

We invite anyone to attend who has an interest in:

  • How cities and regions can get on a pathway towards net zero Setting science-based or net zero targets
  • Developing local energy markets
  • Creating community partnerships or joint ventures


“Why Culture Matters” Presentation by Chris Rainier and Olivia McKendrick, founders of The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation

The traditional knowledge of indigenous communities is crucial in the global fight for nature and against climate change. Science proves that indigenous peoples are the best guardians of the land. Chris and Olivia will discuss the importance of the protection of indigenous cultures in the conservation of biodiversity and the work that The Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation is doing to help ensure that we protect the protectors.

The presentation will be given against a backdrop of stunning photographs by National Geographic explorer and photographer, and Cultural Sanctuaries Foundation co-founder, Chris Rainier.

Followed by Q&A.


Regions beyond coal: European voices on moving from dirty energy – and how to make it fair

Europe’s coal regions have a story to tell. Once the backbone of industry, their traditional livelihood is under threat as countries end fossil fuels. Europe’s coal regions know the damage it does if people and their livelihoods are forgotten in coal exit plans.

Coal is on its way out, but a just transition isn’t guaranteed: WWF, together with Bankwatch, are bringing this story to COP26.

During this multimedia event, participants will view witness statements gathered from coal regions around Europe and hear from those leading the charge for a socially fair transition.

We will welcome mayors from EU coal regions, including the deputy mayor of Pernik in Bulgaria, as well as the deputy mayor of Bytom in Poland, to tell of their regions’ quest for a just transition to a more sustainable future.

After this, we will hear how that quest is replicated beyond the EU’s borders and how the challenges to secure a just transition are the same and how they are different.

This will lead to a discussion on what works and what’s needed to ensure that ending coal leads to a fairer, healthier and more resilient future for all.

Stefan Krastev – deputy mayor of Pernik in Bulgaria
Michał Bieda – deputy mayor of Bytom in Poland