Energy and environment ministers are gathering in London today (15 March) to discuss the challenge of creating lower carbon energy systems to combat climate change over the next 50 years.
The round table takes place at the Brewery Conference Centre on 15 and 16 March.
UK Chancellor Gordon Brown's keyote speech talks about the relationship between economic development, energy investment and climate change. Liu Jiang, vice-chair of the People's Republic of China's National Development and Reform Commission speaks on the challenge of climate change and China's strategy.
Ministers are joined by senior figures from business, NGOs and from the key multilateral organisations concerned with energy and environmental issues.
Defra's Secretary of State Margaret Beckett said:
"I am delighted that ministers from the developed and developing world will be attending this round table. The round table will consider the scale of energy demand over the next 50 years and identify practical opportunities which exist to meet these needs through investment in lower carbon energy systems.
"For example, we already know that energy efficiency will be crucial to reducing emissions now and into the future, and we know these measures save money for business and consumers.
"The round table is an opportunity to explore what more can be done internationally to motivate much greater investment in efficient technologies."
Patricia Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said:
"Low carbon technologies must be the basis of future economic growth, particularly in developing countries, if we are to stand any chance of tackling climate change in the next 50 years.
"Deploying renewable energy, developing clean coal technology, and exploiting carbon capture and storage will not only help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also create jobs that will directly benefit the environment.
"The roundtable is the first chance energy and environment ministers have had to sit down face to face to work out the best way of combining economic growth and energy needs with the need to reduce carbon emissions."Source: Defra