Last year, the UK became the first major world economy to make a legal commitment to ending its contribution to global warming by 2050. As the Government and businesses take stock of COVID-19 and align their green recovery strategies with their Net Zero commitments this is a pivotal moment for securing a sustainable future. We must now enhance the UK’s progress so far and turn widespread ambition into a sustained and equitable decrease in carbon emissions.
The impact of the pandemic presents challenges for government and business in meeting Net Zero targets, as well as opportunities to accelerate the transition. Business leaders have a key role to play in linking up short-term action to long-term climate targets. What does purposeful and practical leadership from business look like in the context of a carbon neutral recovery? How can we join up new Net Zero commitments to affect meaningful progress across whole sectors? How can the UK show international leadership and support the global effort on these issues?
As Chief Executive of UKGBC, Julie is focused on delivering lasting change within the industry by engaging with UKGBC members, regulators and wider stakeholders in an effective and collaborative way. Julie was previously UK Head of Sustainability and an International Director at JLL. Julie sits on the Green Construction Board, the Igloo Footprint Advisory Board, Grimshaw’s Stewardship Group and the Carbon Trust Advisory Panel. Julie is a London Sustainable Development Commissioner, and previously chaired the British Property Federation’s Sustainability Committee for two years.
Paul founded CDP in 2000 with an ambition of creating a global economic system that operates within sustainable environmental boundaries and prevents dangerous climate change. Paul previously co-founded Rufus Leonard Corporate Design and EyeNetwork, which was the largest videoconference booking service in Europe. He has served as a member of the Environmental Research Group of the UK Faculty and Institute of Actuaries. Paul has authored various publications including the book Beautiful Corporations published in 2000 by Financial Times Prentice Hall. Paul is Chair of the Trustees of the NGO ShareAction as well as a Trustee of the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland. He is an advisor to the NGO Influence Map and is a trustee of the grant making Friends Provident Foundation.
Ben leads Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s business strategy advisory work. He has a passion for shaping organisational purpose and strategies that unlock people’s desire to improve their own and others wellbeing, while sustaining the environmental systems the organisation relies upon. Doing so prepares organisations for the future. He does this by helping organisations such as O2 and Unilever to develop and implement holistic leading strategies. Ben draws on over twenty years of experience as an organisational consultant, to involve a range of stakeholders to develop shared responses to complex and ambiguous sustainability challenges. He also acts as a critical friend by drawing on evidence and examples of leadership to challenge companies such as the Co-Operative Group, Unilever and Ecover to develop bold ambitions.
Gabrielle Ginér has worked on BT’s responsible and sustainable business programmes since 2009, specialising in environmental sustainability. Her work has spanned BT’s carbon targets, including BT’s recent 1.5 degrees Celsius science-based carbon reduction target, BT’s net positive carbon abatement target to help customers save three times the end-to-end carbon impact of BT’s business, ICT’s carbon abatement potential including the acclaimed GeSI SMARTer2030 report and BT supply chain engagement such as the award winning BT Better Future Supplier Forum and BT’s newly introduced sustainability contract clause.
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