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Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation

The global economy is facing multiple waves of innovation and change. At the same time, evidence is building that it is both necessary and possible to reshape our society and our economy to resolve the environmental crises we find ourselves facing, to deliver real social benefit to all of society and to secure economic opportunity. However, the change from our current approach to new business and industrial models is not straightforward, requiring innovation and action to tackle political and economic barriers.

The complex and interconnected nature of the challenges we face means no single perspective is sufficient. Business, the finance sector and governments all have a role to play as policy, technology and investment trends all need to be geared to deliver an unprecedented economic transformation.

CISL’s Centre for Policy and Industrial Transformation develops high impact, systemic solutions to drive policy and industrial change towards a sustainable economy.

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Collaboration


CISL has pioneered partnerships between business leaders, policy-makers and academics 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 Climate Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The Corporate Leaders Groups

A group of leading global businesses from a range of industries working together to advocate solutions to climate change with policymakers and business peers at the highest level.

Green Growth Partnership

Ministers from 16 governments, 18 members of the EU parliament and over 40 major businesses who discuss and debate the economic opportunities and challenges involved in the transition to a zero carbon economy.

Future of Plastic Packaging

A group of leading bottled water and soft drink manufacturers, convened by CISL, which has set out an ambitious roadmap to eliminate plastic packaging waste from the bottled water and soft drinks value chain in the UK by 2030.

 

Interaction with policy

The Centre brings together businesses and policymakers, to co-develop solutions to the climate crisis and broader sustainability challenges. For example, the CLG Europe works at the EU-wide and member-state levels to raise policy ambition and drive the transformation to a zero carbon economy, as well as working in partnership with others to secure wider global action. Through the Green Growth Partnership, CLG Europe members partner with progressive governments and Members of the European Parliament, to explore, promote and pursue the economic and strategic case for an economic transformation in response to climate change. The Centre has organised collaborations with other groups of business and experts to develop policy-relevant insights and consensus on eliminating plastic waste, and transforming heavy industrial sectors.

 

Research


Our research, grounded in business insight and policy understanding, has sought to showcase leading examples and perspectives that can illustrate solutions to the challenges we face. 

Building a net zero carbon economy

Helping businesses prepare for a net zero future

Industrial transformation and the circular economy

Inspiring collaboration and interaction across industrial sectors to drive future productivity and competitiveness. 

Eliminating plastic waste

Helping companies work towards eliminating plastic packaging waste.

 

Education, advisory and practice


Our education and advisory work develops the capacity of with businesses to engage with their peers and policymakers to leverage change. 

We build the leadership capacity of individuals and help them to address sustainability challenges such as climate change and the circular economy. We equip board directorssenior executivessustainability practitioners and managers across organisations with the with the knowledge and capability to lead change within and beyond their organisations to accelerate progress towards a sustainable, zero carbon economy. 

We also develop the capability of organisations and regions to lead the transition to a zero carbon economy through our customised programmes and advisory work. For example we worked with Sky to help remove single-use plastic from its business through its strategy, leadership, management and engagement. We also worked with Interface to transform its supply chains through new business models. We help organisations to identify material risks and opportunities – including opportunities to shape systemic change, to develop strategies that align sustainability and commercial performance, and to build and inspire leadership capability to drive transformational change across complex systems.

 

Latest thought leadership


Industrial Transformation 2050: Pathways to net-zero emissions from EU Heavy Industry

April 2019 – The report, supported and co-funded by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), sets out multiple possible pathways the EU could pursue to achieve the full decarbonisation of its heavy industries by 2050.

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Academic journal publishes CISL research on social impacts of transition to low carbon economies

15 April 2019 – New research from CISL researchers Dr Sanna Markkanen and Dr Annela Anger-Kraavi, which draws on existing literature on the social co-impacts of climate change and implications for inequality, has been published in the academic journal Climate Policy.

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A business change case study: Sky’s approach to removing single-use plastic from its business

February 2018 – Urgent action is required by business, government and consumers to create a transformational shift in the way we consume and use single-use plastic to stop the flow of this material into the natural environment. This case study explores how Sky has taken action to remove single-use plastic from its business through its strategy, leadership, management and engagement.

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Towards sustainable packaging: A plan to eliminate plastic packaging waste from UK bottled water and soft drinks

September 2018 – The significant challenges presented by plastic packaging waste can only be solved through collaborative actions from business, government and society. This industry-led report lays out practically how stakeholders across the bottled water and soft drinks value chain can work together, and more widely with others, to achieve zero plastic packaging waste from UK bottled water and soft drinks by 2030.

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European industry in the 21st century: New models for resource productivity

September 2017 – This report is based on interviews with companies that are using circular economy principles to reduce their exposure to risk, and to access new markets. It discusses some of the successful transformations and changes made, obstacles faced, and potential policies for overcoming those obstacles.

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