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Aiming for Zero: A growing business movement

10 September 2018: Business leaders can share their insights and experience to inform policy and regulation; they can also shape public expectations on how sustainable growth can be advanced. This briefing aims to support companies to engage more meaningfully in the net zero debate.

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Aiming for zero a growing business movementThis briefing aims to support companies to engage more meaningfully in the net zero debate by first giving relevant background on what net zero is, then offering specific solutions for business, and finally providing the broader context to ensure that business is in step with relevant policy developments and timescales. It covers the following questions:

  • What does net zero mean?
  • Is net zero possible?
  • Why should business engage?
  • How should business respond to an economy-wide net zero emissions goal?
  • Should companies set a net zero carbon target?
  • Why should net zero be talked about now?
  • What should governments do on net zero?
  • Are the current climate change targets compatible with net zero?

Citing this briefing

Please refer to this publication as University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2018). Aiming for zero: a growing business movement, Cambridge, UK: The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group.

Published: September 2018

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The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) brings together executives from a cross-section of European industry to accelerate progress towards a low carbon, sustainable economy. Through cross-fertilisation of ideas and influential conversations with policymakers and peers, the CLG advocates forward-looking solutions that build a resilient and prosperous future.


The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not represent an official position of CLG, CISL, the wider University of Cambridge, or clients.