Businesses are not taking fast or significant enough action to meet the climate challenge. In most cases the solutions are known and, in most cases, they are affordable.
But many boards lack the understanding, skills or leadership necessary to transition and transform at the pace needed to address the challenge. Non-executive or independent directors (NEDs) are essential to the effective running of companies and the Centre provides concise and targeted information, data and tools to build climate competence through collaboration with the Climate Governance initiative (link) and Chapter Zero (link).
Local Authorities are also critical for delivering on emissions reductions in their jurisdictions and we are interested in the role of good governance to ensure the effective implementation of measures that cut emissions and build climate resilience in line with National targets.
Blog: Organisational change and climate action
19 December 2022
Corporate climate action is increasingly regarded as critical for the future success of organisations. However, the actions taken by most organisations fall short in genuinely changing how their behaviours and activities impact the environment. A shift in thinking is necessary in order to move beyond stagnation and to accelerate effective climate action at the organisational level. More →
COP27 Explained by Cambridge experts
28 November 2022
In this recent University of Cambridge video that hears from experts about the outcomes of COP27, Emily Farnworth, Director – Centre for Climate Engagement, highlights how our recent Law and Climate Atlas project is helping boards in the UK More →
Why Locally Determined Contributions are integral to achieving national climate commitments
09 November 2022
At COP26 in Glasgow, national governments committed to revisit their Nationally Determined Contributions the following year. With COP27 underway, Emily Farnworth, Director of the Centre for Climate Engagement (CCE) at Hughes Hall, University of Cambridge, sets out the opportunity for locally determined climate action to support the national agenda. More →
Locally Determined Contributions
07 November 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 →
Boards to put climate transition at the heart of corporate strategy
05 November 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 →