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When: 15 and 16 September 2020
Where: The Queen’s College in Oxford, UK

The words “fossil fuels” appear nowhere in the landmark Paris Agreement on climate change of 2015.  However, when the UN Secretary General announced, on the eve of the climate talks in 2019, that “We simply have to stop digging and drilling”, it became clear the discussion around fossil fuels and climate has shifted. The conflict between continued fossil fuel exploration and production and global climate goals is now on the international policy agenda.

The International Conference on Fossil Fuel Supply and Climate Policy explores the many opportunities for, and challenges of, policies that aim to explicitly limit fossil fuel production, in recognition that many countries rely on fossil fuel extraction and trade for their energy security, economic development, and political influence.

The first two conferences, held in 2016 and 2018, sparked new ideas, research and connections among finance specialists, industry representatives, international organizations, activists, and academic researchers. The third conference builds on this momentum, while also recognizing the changed political and policy context – one in which fossil fuel supply may play a more central role. 2020 will see the submission of new, more ambitious “nationally determined contributions” (NDCs) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The climate negotiations (COP 26) will take place in the UK in November 2020, meaning Oxford (UK) in late 2020 can again be a timely venue. With fossil fuels now prominent in both international and domestic policy venues, the 2020 Oxford conference stands to be the most influential and timely yet.