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The CLGs are organising a series of events to mobilise concrete action and to leverage and scale up best practice around the world for a net zero economy. Here are the events we are hosting at venues in the centre of Glasgow during COP26.

To register your interest to attend these events, visit the full programme of CISL events.


UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero: Showcasing UK business action towards meeting the UK’s net zero by 2050 target

8am – 9.30am, Tuesday 2nd November, The Spiritualist, Glasgow

The UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA) is a network of leading business groups working to increase political and business ambition with the aim of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in the UK. In the lead up to COP26, CLG UK, who coordinate the BGA, has worked with other members of the BGA to promote and increase sign up to Race to Zero, primarily through directing businesses to sign up to the SBTi Business Ambition for 1.5 campaign and SME Climate Commitment.

This networking breakfast event will look to provide an opportunity to both highlight examples of where businesses and business groups in the UK are taking action that supports the UK in meeting its net zero by 2050 target, and enable informal sharing of best practice and lessons learnt.

To register your interest to attend, please click here.


UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero events

The UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA) is a network of leading business groups working to increase political and business ambition with the aim of achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 in the UK. In the lead up to COP26, CLG UK, who coordinate the BGA, has worked with other members of the BGA to increase political and business ambition towards the UK’s net zero target.

UK business and sector leadership in the race to zero

1pm – 2pm, Tuesday 2 November, WMB Business Pavilion, Blue Zone, SEC

This session will explore UK climate leadership, how UK business ambition has increased exponentially, and providing examples of business sector and business specific action. The aim is to enable sharing of practice and learning of approaches.

A first panel will highlight sector level initiatives, including the Water UK Net Zero 2030 Roadmap and Ad Net Zero led by the Advertising Association. A second panel will feature UK businesses who are signed up to the Race to Zero through the 

Science Based Target initiative’s Business Ambition for 1.5 campaign and the SME Climate Commitment.

Shifting the whole economy to meet the UK’s net zero targets

2.30pm – 3.30pm, Tuesday 2 November, WMB Business Pavilion, Blue Zone, SEC

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of shifting the whole of the economy to meet the UK’s net zero by 2050 target – what action is being supported by government and the UK’s five largest business groups.

It will feature a high-level input from BEIS and a facilitated conversation with leaders of the five largest UK business groups: the Confederation of British Industries, Make UK: The Manufacturers' Organisation, British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Institute of Directors.

If you are interested in these events, please email clg@cisl.cam.ac.uk


CLG Europe: Building a case for green economic and political cooperation in a net zero world

4pm – 5pm, Saturday 6th November, EU Pavilion, COP26 Blue Zone & Virtual

The Green Deal sets an agenda to transform the EU’s economy in line with the climate neutrality objective by 2050. This economic transformation will affect its international partners and create new opportunities for cooperation in areas like the clean energy transition, clean technologies and sustainable industry with new initiatives in line with the Green Deal’s objectives such as Green Alliances with the US and Japan and a renewed trade strategy.

This event will bring together policymakers and businesses to discuss new opportunities for political and business collaboration stemming from recent EU policy including the Green Deal. How can the Green Deal and international initiatives lead to cooperation and the scale up climate ambition and the development of clean energy, technologies and industry?

To register your interest to attend, please click here.


CLG UK: UK business and policy leadership for climate resilience roundtable

4pm – 5.30pm, Tuesday 9th November, Merchants House, Glasgow

CLG UK is planning to publish a policy briefing focusing on adaptation and resilience. The briefing, to be published in the second week of COP26, will highlight how leading UK businesses are already increasing resilience and adaptation to climate change. It will explore the role and interaction of business and policy and the importance of taking a place-based approach in building climate resilience in the context of delivering the UK’s 2050 net zero target. It will seek to identify and showcase opportunities and the potential for adaptive approaches that not only enhance resilience, but also deliver wider economic, social and environmental benefits. The publication will also highlight how policy can be used to support positive action in the race to resilience and will feature business case studies.

This roundtable will explore the recommendations from the report with key stakeholders who are present in Glasgow. 

For further details, please email clg@cisl.cam.ac.uk.


Accelerating industrial decarbonisation: Driving demand for climate neutral materials and products

10am – 11.00am, Tuesday 9 November, WMB Pavilion, Hall 5, COP26 Blue Zone

Achieving a climate neutral, circular and competitive economy requires policy innovation that is cross-sectoral and cross-value chain to accelerate the development of climate neutral materials and manufacturing processes.

Hear from major businesses about the key policies they see working across sectors and value chains, as well as the challenges and opportunities linked to industrial decarbonisation. The event will showcase international action being driven by global alliances and the international implications of policy developments in the EU, which is being keenly watched by major competitors and importers as one of the first movers in this space.

To register your interest to attend, please click here.


CLGs Corporate Leaders Network dinner: Catalysing business advocacy globally on a national level

6.30pm – 9pm, Tuesday 9th November, Merchants House, Glasgow 

Since 2010, the Corporate Leaders Groups have developed relationships with a number of business groups around the world. These groups have seen the need for co-ordination across the economy, both to ensure potential risks are managed, and to allow business to grasp the opportunities that this transition to a low carbon society could hold. The CLGs are now exploring the creation of further groups and linking these business networks to support and catalyse business advocacy for ambitious climate policies in more countries globally.

This dinner will seek to informally explore the opportunities for catalysing new corporate leaders' groups in other countries globally through networking and the sharing of best practice.

To register your interest to attend, please click here.


For more information, visit the full programme of CISL events.

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