In a speech
on 14 September 2004, the British Prime Minister Tony Blair
announced the conference by saying:
we propose first to host an international
scientific meeting at the Hadley Centre for Climate Prediction
and Research in Exeter in February. More than just another
scientific conference, this gathering will address the big
questions on which we need to pool the answers available from
"What level of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere
is self-evidently too much?
"What options do we have to avoid such levels?"
The UK Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
has been tasked to organise this event. The aim of the symposium
is to advance scientific understanding of and encourage an
international scientific debate on the long term implications
of climate change, the relevance of stabilisation goals, and
options to reach such goals; and to encourage research on
The key issues related to the stabilisation of greenhouse
gas concentration in the atmosphere will be discussed over
three days. The conference will cover the following questions:
1. For different levels of climate change what
are the key impacts, for different regions and
sectors, and for the world as a whole?
2. What would such levels of climate change imply
in terms of greenhouse gas stabilisation concentrations
and emission pathways required to achieve such
3. What technological options are there for achieving
stabilisation of greenhouse gases at different
stabilisation concentrations in the atmosphere,
taking into account costs and uncertainties?