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Low carbon transformation: How can businesses worldwide articulate a collective response to government on climate change?

The world needs to secure a prosperous, resilient and zero carbon economy. Businesses from all sectors all have a role to play as policy, technology and investment trends all need to be geared to deliver an unprecedented economic transformation.

CISL brings together a core set of leadership groups, uniting businesses, policy leaders and academic expertise to help unlock the economic change required to deliver the safe and sustainable economy of the future and achieve the goals of critical international agreements such as the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. These groups are focused on the European Union and neighbouring countries initially, but with expanding reach and impact.

The Corporate Leaders Groups

Bringing together business leaders who work together to advocate for the transformation to competitive, sustainable, inclusive economies that will deliver net zero carbon emissions by 2050.

Green Growth Partnership

The Green Growth Partnership brings together ministers from European governments, businesses and members of the European Parliament to discuss and debate political and business action enabling the transition to a prosperous and climate neutral economy, the benefits associated with this transition and the obstacles to overcome.

 

Thought leadership


The nature of transitions: Implications for the transition to a low carbon economy

June 2016 – The second of three working papers exploring the meaning of a 'just transition' to a low carbon economy. Here, an overview of theoretical approaches relevant to transitions is presented. Through the mapping of key interdisciplinary approaches on the topic, the paper aims to assist the management of transition processes, the assessment of its outcomes, as well as deliberative decision-making regarding the future of on-going transitions.

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The multiple meanings of justice in the context of the transition to a low carbon economy

June 2016 – The first of three working papers exploring the meaning of a 'just transition' to a low carbon economy. This paper reviews the meanings of justice. It begins by summarising major moral interpretations of justice, and then turns to consider the main theoretical elements of justice: equitable distribution, recognition (eg of others' needs and rights), equal participation and equal capabilities.

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Feeling the heat: An investors’ guide to measuring business risk from carbon and energy regulation

May 2016 – The COP 21 climate agreement indicates a growing global consensus for action on climate change. In response, this research report assesses the impact of future carbon- and energy-related regulation on the most sensitive industries and geographies at a company level.

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Business Compendium: How the private sector is building Europe's climate ambition

4 March 2016 – This low carbon Business Compendium demonstrates how the activities of some of the world’s largest companies are contributing to the delivery of a low carbon future. The Compendium compiles examples of the ambitions and achievements that European businesses have made so far in tackling climate change, and aligning their business with a low carbon pathway.

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REALCAR project circular economy case study: Collaboration for a closed-loop value chain

January 2016 – This closed-loop case study explores the lessons learnt from the REALCAR closed loop value chain project between Jaguar Land Rover, Novelis, Innovate UK and partners, in the creation of new materials and production systems to introduce closed-loop aluminium into Jaguar Land Rover cars.

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Climate change: Implications for superannuation funds in Australia

January 2016 – New study from our Master of Studies in Sustainability Leadership, supported by asset manager Colonial First State Global Asset Management, highlights member interest in superannuation fund climate exposure.

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Unhedgeable risk: How climate change sentiment impacts investment

November 2015 – This report analyses how shifts in market sentiment induced by awareness of future climate risks could impact global financial markets in the short term.

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Better partnerships: Understanding and increasing the impact of private sector cooperative initiatives

August 2015 – This report, jointly authored by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainablity Leadership and Ecofys, analyses five cooperative initiatives involving the private sector and identifies their emissions reduction potential. The potential emission reductions from the top five initiatives are significant – at current ambition levels estimated emission reductions could reach 200 MtCO2e.

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