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Leading international economist to address Swindon conference

James CloseA leading international economist will be addressing a conference in Swindon about a market-based mechanism to address climate change.

James Close, director of climate change at The World Bank, will be a keynote speaker at the first UK conference of Citizens' Climate Lobby.

CCL is an international grassroots organisation promoting Carbon Fee and Dividend (CF&D), which would reduce greenhouse emissions by placing a fee on fossil fuels like gas and coal at their point of entry into the economy, making environmentally-friendly alternatives more competitive.

Unlike other carbon taxes, all of the revenue collected would be returned to UK households – protecting low- and middle-income families from the rising consumer costs associated with the carbon fee.

CCL is a non-party political organisation, and the proposal has won support across the political spectrum, both here and abroad. Business leaders, scientists and economists also support CF&D.

As director of climate change at The World Bank, James Close has advised the UK government and treasury on green growth, and the Mayor of London on the Low-Carbon Capital initiative.

He is also chairman of the Advisory Board of the Blockchain Climate Institute, a board member of the Trust for Sustainable Living, and a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Advisory Group for The Institute of Chartered Accountants.

James has more than 25 years of experience in the field of energy policy, climate change, and private infrastructure investment and public-private partnerships.

Other speakers include Cathy Orlando, international outreach manager for Citizens’ Climate Lobby and director of Citizens’ Climate Lobby Canada.

In 2018, Canada became the first country to adopt Carbon Fee and Dividend as national policy. CF&D is also making its way through the US Congress and is being considered by the governments of the Republic of Ireland, Nigeria, and the Netherlands. It was also mentioned in the introductory speech for the climate debate in the UK parliament on February 28.

The conference is being held at the National Self Build and Renovation Centre in Swindon from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, March 16. Tickets, priced £23, are available from www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ccl-uk-conference-2019-how-to-make-a-difference-tickets-53020226926.

The event will also be streamed live. People who want to follow the discussion, but cannot attend in person, can make a donation at www.cclukconference2018.eventbrite.co.uk in exchange for an online pass.