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Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

Achieving Zero

The transition to zero is underway. The private sector has a critical role in delivering this transition and there is a growing body of evidence to demonstrate that it makes business sense to act.

Forward looking companies understand this. They are harnessing climate action as driver of innovation, risk management and competitiveness – recognising that setting a course to net zero can provide a powerful guiding light in turbulent times as well as delivering commercial benefits. Yet, there is no blueprint for change and change is not happening fast enough.

The necessary speed and scale of the transition will require unprecedented co-operation and effort from all companies and sectors. It will require transformation towards a new economy that puts people, nature and the climate at the heart of global value creation.

 

What we do


The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) is committed to working with our partners in business, government and the finance system, plus our global leadership network of 16,000 individuals, to accelerate this transition. Developing leadership capacity, both at the individual and organisational level, is where our unique contribution and strength lies. We do this in a variety of ways: by working with hundreds of major organisations to develop transformative strategies and action plans; by accelerating enterprises and collaborative initiatives with potential to offer breakthrough solutions; by building evidence and insight to inform decision-making; and, above all, by shaping the operating context for business in favour of organisations that deliver value to society and the environment. 

 

 

Leadership development

Our leadership development programmes help senior leaders to lead their companies to sustainable growth.

Master's-level graduate courses in sustainable business help individuals learn to lead change.

Our flexible online sustainability courses and leadership training empower individuals and organisations to tackle global challenges.  

Transforming organisations

Our advisory services help clients to respond to a future of accelerating change and increasing expectations.

Our tailored strategy programmes for business help companies respond to global trends and achieve commercial impact.

 

Accelerating solutions

Our Accelerator and Sustainability Hub supports small businesses and entrepreneurs to push boundaries.

Our virtual Accelerator to Net Zero supports SMEs with high impact potential for enabling the net zero transition.

We assist our clients in achieving step change innovation across products, process and business models. 

Transforming policy & markets

Our Corporate Leaders Groups bring together business leaders committed to supporting the transition to net zero. 

Our Green Growth Partnership provides a forum for exchange between progressive EU governments and businesses.

Our Centre for Sustainable Finance helps financial institutions to play a leading role in building a net zero economy.

Research

The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme fosters new thinking on net zero, leading to practical insights and tools for decision-makers.

Our publications and practitioner research highlight some of the best examples of climate leadership and explore new ideas to deliver transformational change.

Impact stories

CISL Conversations: we draw fascinating insights and best practice examples from leaders on approaches they have taken to align with net zero.

Impact stories: we gather insights from the companies we work with that are taking leadership on this agenda.

 

Tools for alignment and implementation


We offer practical and strategic guidance, grounded in practitioner insights from exceptional people from business, policy and academia, to help leaders and organisations prepare for a net zero future.

 

Supporters


Cambridge Zero harnesses the full range of the University’s research and policy expertise, developing solutions that work for our lives, our society and our economy.

Chapter Zero is building a community of non-executive directors and equipping them to lead crucial UK boardroom discussions on the impacts of climate change.

We Mean Business coalition is a global nonprofit coalition working with the world’s most influential businesses to take action on climate change.

Supporters

 

Resources and research


Sustainable Mobility

23 October 2014

December 2013 – Sustainable Mobility. Lightweighting: the players, the stakes and the keys to unlocking potential gains.

The Bali Communiqué

23 October 2014

November 2007 – This communiqué comes from the business leaders of over 150 global companies. It is being issued in advance of the United Nations Climate Change Conference 2007, taking place from December 3 to 14 in Bali, Indonesia.

The Copenhagen Communiqué

23 October 2014

2009 – The Copenhagen Communiqué on Climate Change is the definitive progressive statement from the international business community ahead of the United Nations (UN) climate change conference in Copenhagen this December. It has already secured the support of over 500 companies, from US, EU, Japan, Australia and Canada, to Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, ranging from the world’s largest companies and best known brands, to Small and Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs).

The 2°C Challenge Communiqué

23 October 2014

2011 – As business leaders, we are committed to action on climate change, sustainable development and the green economy. Green growth offers the potential to create a more prosperous and resilient economy, and deliver innovation, new industries and jobs. We continue to broaden understanding amongst our peers of the economic case for green growth and the urgency of meeting the 2°C challenge.

The Carbon Price Communiqué

23 October 2014

November 2012 – The growing variability, intensity and uncertainty of the earth’s climate is already affecting communities, markets and business operations. A clear, stable, ambitious and cost-effective policy framework is essential to underpin the investment needed to deliver substantial greenhouse gas emissions reductions by mid-century.

The Trillion Tonne Communique (2014)

23 October 2014

2014 – The Corporate Climate Communiqués are international business statements calling for policies and action to tackle climate change. Bringing together hundreds of business leaders in support of a robust and equitable international treaty on climate change, they are seen by many as representing the definitive voice of progressive business in advance of policy discussions.

Energy Security and the 2030 Climate and Energy Package

23 October 2014

June 2014 – The European Union (EU) is at a crossroads; it can create a competitive Europe-wide energy system that responds to energy security and climate concerns whilst stimulating job creation and growth, or it can become increasingly un-competitive, strangled by high energy imports (the EU imports 53% of the energy it consumes) and an underinvested, underperforming energy system.

We Mean Business: The Climate has Changed

23 October 2014

September 2014 – Climate action was once perceived by many governments and many businesses as about sacrifice. Today, the value proposition is very different.

IPCC Climate Science Business Briefings

5 July 2014

These short, sector-specific briefings in different languages are based on the IPCC Fifth Assessment Report (AR5), the most comprehensive climate assessment. All documents have a Creative Commons License and are free to use. Translations, presentations, videos, webinars and FAQs are also included.

How are companies preparing for a net zero future?


Publications and videos

Business and Climate Change online course

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Accelerator to net zero

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Corporate Leaders Groups

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The Prince of Wales Global Sustainability Fellowship Programme

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Our Centres

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