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Christ's Climate seminar 1: How business is learning to cooperate in pursuit of climate action

17 January 2019, 5:30pm

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How business is learning to cooperate in pursuit of climate action

Eliot Whittington, Development Director at Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
Julia Knights, Deputy Director, Head of Energy and Climate Science, BEIS

Date: Thursday 17 January 2019

Time: 17:30-19:00

Venue: Plumb Auditorium, Christ's College, with a reception to follow (map)

Audio recording: https://upload.sms.cam.ac.uk/media/2903720


Setting targets and actions on climate change is an increasingly mainstream business activity – built on foundations of a real business case around developing opportunities in a new clean economy and managing risks associated with climate impacts and climate policies.

A growing number of businesses are taking action to cut their carbon emissions, and the most vocal and visible are setting targets and taking actions that position them ahead of comparable ambitions of government – driving action where public policy is lacking. However, there are limits to the level of change any business, no matter how sizable its investments or significant it’s supply chain are – and this is where leading businesses are increasingly participating in new collaborations with other businesses and with government to deliver change on a systemic level.

This talk will recap the recent history of business action on climate change, and explore both how the bar for business leadership is rising and also map the growing body of collaborations between business and with government and their implications.

2019 Climate Seminar Series

This is the first in the 2019 Christ's College Climate Seminar Series. For details of other seminars in the series, please click here.

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Dr Julia Knights

Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

Eliot Whittington

Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)

Dr Rob Doubleday

Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

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    How business is learning to cooperate in pursuit of climate action

    In the first of this year’s Christ's Climate Seminars, Eliot Whittington, Development Director at Cambridge’s Institute for Sustainability Leadership, talked about how business is learning to cooperate in pursuit of climate action.