Climate action in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

Ahead of world leaders gathering in Glasgow for COP26, IoD East of England partnered with the Centre for Climate Engagement at the University of Cambridge to highlight the findings and recommendations of the second report of the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate (CPICC) for mitigating and adapting to climate change.

This latest report gives an updated assessment of the region’s current greenhouse gas emissions and action that local government, businesses and civil society must take to bring the region’s economy to zero emissions by 2050.

East of England regional chair Biplab Rakshi opened the online event – A Call for Board-Level Climate Action – which brought together non-executive directors and board members of SMEs with the aim of accelerating local business action on climate change.

Biplab set out some of the challenges IoD members are facing in the context of decarbonisation and the net-zero challenge.

Baroness Brown of Cambridge and chair of CPICC, Dame Julia King presented the report’s findings and recommendations before event attendees put their questions to a panel of experts including former government economist Adrian Gault, OBE, who led on the writing of the CPICC’s report.

He was joined on the panel by Dame Polly Courtice, DBE, LVO, founder director of the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Lynne Sullivan, OBE an architect and member of the CLC Green Construction Board.

Biplab said: “We were delighted to partner with the Centre for Climate Engagement to share the CPICC’s latest report which highlights the need for board-level engagement and action within the region’s business community. The report clearly sets out how, with support, all sectors including business and industry can play their part in tackling the climate crisis and reducing emissions.”

The event can be viewed here – (when film available) and you can catch up on all the latest sustainability-related news, events, educational content and other initiatives at the IoD Sustainable Business Hub.


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