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Read more at: Climate talks will fail without more young people's voices
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Climate talks will fail without more young people's voices

29 June 2021 – Anna Barford, CISL Research Fellow, reflects on why it is critical to engage diverse young people in decision making to find successful pathways to respond to climate change.


Read more at: Meet our community: Farad.ai
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Meet our community: Farad.ai

19 May 2021 – Farad.ai's vision is to enable the current electrical infrastructure to run on 100% low carbon energy. To achieve this, they are developing an AI-powered digital twin of the power system (Farad.ai Sabre) and related site selection products (Farad.ai Compass) that will support energy stakeholders in their move towards a zero-carbon future. We caught up with their founder and CEO, Ali Safari, to find out more…


Read more at: Meet our innovators: Hide Biotech
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Meet our innovators: Hide Biotech

5 May 2021 – Hide Biotech develops sustainable and high-quality biomaterials for the fashion industry and provides a technology platform for creating highly customisable materials for other sectors. Last year, their co-founder and CEO, Yudi Ding, joined our Innovators for sustainable fashion Accelerator. In this interview, Yudi tells us more about Hide’s collagen-based leather alternative and shares his best advice for aspiring sustainability start-ups.


Read more at: The case for retrofitting
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The case for retrofitting

5 May 2021 – Tim Forman, Deputy Course Director for the Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) Master’s and Postgraduate Certificate, discusses the need for a radical shift in thinking and in preparedness to invest in the energy efficiency of buildings and built environments in order to achieve real impact.


Read more at: Reshaping the bank-client relationship to accelerate the transition to a net zero economy
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Reshaping the bank-client relationship to accelerate the transition to a net zero economy

5 May 2021 – Banks will play a central role in supporting clients on their net zero transition journey. CISL’s latest guide is a practical resource designed to activate bank-client dialogue on climate change, writes Peter Kanning, Global Head of Business Development, Sustainable Finance, HSBC.


Read more at: Systems thinking - it's complicated
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Systems thinking - it's complicated

29 April 2021 – In the second of our quarterly blogs, Alice Spencer, Programme Director and Global Lead for HRH The Prince of Wales’s Business and Sustainability Programme, explores the concept of systems thinking that is foundational to CISL’s education programmes, posing the challenge of how we encourage senior leaders to embrace complexity to inform decision making and catalyse systems level change.


Read more at: Meet our innovators: Ideabatic
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Meet our innovators: Ideabatic

15 April 2021 – Award-winning social enterprise Ideabatic develops innovations that help to improve people's lives in underserved communities. Their Founder and CEO Kitty Liao joined our Innovators for change Accelerator last year. In this interview, she shares her journey building an impact-driven start-up and what is to come for Ideabatic in 2021.


Read more at: Investing in the age of climate transitions: The case for universal disclosure of Paris alignment by investment funds
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Investing in the age of climate transitions: The case for universal disclosure of Paris alignment by investment funds

28 April 2021 – Understanding the climate performance of investment funds should be made simple to all investors. Lucy Auden, Senior Programme Manager for the Investment Leaders Group (ILG), analyses the current approaches to measuring fund climate performance and makes the case for a universal disclosure of Paris alignment. This analysis will be followed by a report in summer 2021 which proposes a disclosure methodology and explores the underpinning science, methods of emissions projection, and distribution of carbon budgets used by current approaches.


Read more at: Why the transition to net zero is business's business
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Why the transition to net zero is business's business

9 April 2021 - CISL Course Convenor Dimitri Zenghelis unpacks the three major climate change-related risks affecting organisations and illustrates the significant opportunities that will be gained from transitioning to a net zero carbon business model.


Read more at: Finding common ground between investors and industry
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Finding common ground between investors and industry

30 March 2021 – The built environment industry must challenge the notion that sustainability is ‘too hard’ to integrate. Paul Jaffe, Asset Manager at British Land reflects on his experience of the two-year Sustainability Leadership for the Built Environment (IDBE) programme and how this helped him form solutions and encourage change for investors and the wider industry.


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