Directors’ Duties and Climate Change

20 May 2024

Climate change poses financial and liability risks to companies. By addressing these risks, businesses can find opportunities to grow and adapt. Nick Scott’s leadership insight links climate change to directors’ duties and examines how English courts have responded. It summarises direct litigation risks and related legal and non-legal threats and suggests how understanding this issue could help businesses implement effective climate strategies. More →

Expert Briefing: Tackling Sustainability in the finance sector

18 Dec 2023

This expert briefing is based on a discussion with David Rouch, a Partner at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP and author of The Social Licence for Financial Markets (Palgrave Macmillan 2020). More →

Expert Briefing: Air pollution, health risks and climate change 

14 Sep 2023

Air pollution is estimated to be responsible for around 28,000 premature deaths in the UK each year. Extreme heat associated with climate change can increase pollution levels and exacerbates the health effects of breathing polluted air. This briefing explores the links between climate change, air pollution and health and the need for a holistic approach to policy development. More →

Expert Briefing: Planning law, levelling-up, and net zero

07 Jul 2023

Policy Briefing by Dr Samuel Ruiz-Tagle on Planning Law, Levelling-up and Net Zero: Empowering planning authorities to combat climate change More →

Normative accounting for intangibles – a briefing for board directors from Rethinking Capital 

05 Jul 2023

A briefing note for non-executive directors and boards on applying normative accounting for intangibles in net zero transition decision governance and reporting More →

The UK Net Zero Review

27 Jan 2023

The Government’s Net Zero Review explains the economic benefits of reaching net zero and recommends key policies that would help the UK meet this goal. This summary outlines these opportunities and recommendations, and how they are relevant to non-executive directors… More →

Locally Determined Contributions

07 Nov 2022

This briefing note aims to explain the role and purpose of locally determined contributions (LDCs) in helping to deliver upon national climate change targets by taking action at a local level. The briefing is aimed at a range of stakeholders who may be involved in developing and delivering LDCs including local and regional authorities, local policymakers, academic and independent experts. More →

Local priorities for investing in resilient and sustainable infrastructure

02 Sep 2022

A recent study by the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum (CZPF) makes clear recommendations to policymakers, organisations and academic experts to enable sustainable and resilient local infrastructure projects. Emily Farnworth, Director of the Centre for Climate Engagement, and Co-Chair of the CZPF, reflects on the importance of a local response to global challenges. More →

Navigating the Climate Disclosure Landscape

08 Aug 2022

This explainer, alongside our interactive microsite, provides an overview of the evolving and interconnected landscape of climate targets, reporting frameworks, standards and metrics, for non-executive directors (NEDs). More →

IPCC April 2022: Mitigation of Climate Change

04 Apr 2022

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s April 2022 report explains that limiting warming to 1.5C will require global emissions to peak before 2025 and that many pathways to 2C of warming will also require this, but this will not happen under current policies. The world needs to take drastic action to maintain a stable, liveable climate. This summary highlights the main points in the IPCC report, and what it means for non-executive directors. More →

IPCC February 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

20 Feb 2022

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report concludes that the impacts of climate change are severe, but that humanity can still avoid many of them if it seizes “a brief and rapidly closing window of opportunity”. This summary highlights the main points in the IPCC report, and what it means for non-executive directors More →

Greenhouse Gas Removal Briefing Paper

20 Dec 2021

It is possible to capture greenhouse gases from the atmosphere and store them in various natural or artificial reservoirs. This briefing examines the removal solutions available, their market readiness, options for application, and key considerations for business and policy. More →

COP26 Briefing

22 Nov 2021

This briefing summarises the key climate trends and announcements of most importance for non-executive directors and industry leaders reflecting on the UN COP26 negotiations and related events in Glasgow from 31 October – 13 November 2021. More →

Business climate action in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough

18 Nov 2021

Insights from a panel discussion on 29th October 2021, co-hosted by the Centre for Climate Engagement and the Institute of Directors (IoD) East of England to raise awareness amongst local business leaders of recommendations within the first full report from the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Independent Commission on Climate (CPICC). More →

Boards to put climate transition at the heart of corporate strategy

05 Nov 2021

On 2 November 2021, the Climate Governance Initiative released a statement, calling on board directors to put net zero at the heart of business strategy. More →

UK Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener

05 Nov 2021

This summary highlights the main points in the UK Government’s Net Zero Strategy, and what it means for non-executive directors. More →

Discussion Paper: Carbon Offsetting and Nature-based Solutions

04 Nov 2021

Throughout 2021, the Cambridge Zero Policy Forum ran a small reading group on carbon offsetting using nature-based solutions to climate change. This discussion paper summarises some of the challenges and potential solutions identified during the reading group discussions. More →

Carbon offsetting explained

03 Nov 2021

Carbon offsetting is becoming increasingly common as part of corporate climate strategies, but is subject to significant debate. This explainer provides a simple overview of offsetting and some of its key issues. More →

Addressing Climate Change in Cambridgeshire & Peterborough

20 Oct 2021

This report proposes new areas for climate action in the region including a crucial focus on a just transition, new recommendations for business and industry, waste, and the intersection between water, nature, and climate adaptation issues. More →

Climate Change 2021 – The Physical Science Basis

09 Aug 2021

The UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s latest report shows that human activity is unequivocally driving changes to the climate at an unprecedented scale. The science indicates there is still time to limit temperature rises, but only if we act… More →

UK Pension Schemes Act 2021 – new regulations to enhance climate disclosure

09 Jun 2021

In February 2021, the UK’s Pension Schemes Act received Royal Assent, paving the way for fundamental change to the UK pensions landscape. The Act introduces new requirements in significant areas for occupational pension schemes including explicit provisions on governance and… More →

Summary: Independent assessment of UK climate risk

09 Jun 2021

The Climate Change Committee’s (CCC) third independent climate risk assessment for the UK indicates that even if the world takes ambitious climate action, the UK will face notable risks from climate change by 2050, for which it is not currently… More →

Scope emissions explained

30 Apr 2021

Knowing where your company’s emissions are made is an important step in setting robust and measurable targets. Read this explainer to understand Scope emissions and how to define them. Find out more on the Chapter Zero website More →