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Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

This webinar took place on Thursday 1st July, 1pm – 3pm (BST).

Ahead of COP26, President Alok Sharma has called on all businesses to sign up to the Race to Zero. The UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA), led by the UK Corporate Leaders Group (CLG UK), is seeking to support this by accelerating sign up and climate action by UK businesses to Race to Zero. This webinar provided a point on the road to COP26 that showcases UK businesses already taking ambitious climate action through committing to Race to Zero and explored the actions UK businesses can take to contribute to the UK meeting its ambitious net zero targets.

With keynote speeches from:

  • Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Climate Action Champion, UN Climate Change Conference COP25
  • Andrew Griffith MP, The UK's Net Zero Business Champion
  • Dr Enass Abo-Hamed, CEO, H2GO Power, and One Young World Ambassador
  • Dr Emily Shuckburgh OBE, Director, Cambridge Zero
  • Emma Howard Boyd CBE, Chair, Environment Agency (EA) and UK Commissioner to the Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Alberto Carrillo Pineda, Co-Founder and Steering Committee Member of the Science Based Targets, CDP
  • Ken Murphy, CEO, Tesco

Speakers included:

  • Clare Shine (Chair), Director and CEO, CISL
  • Eliot Whittington, Director, UK Corporate Leaders Group
  • Emma Pinchbeck, Chief Executive, Energy UK
  • Helen Clarkson, CEO, The Climate Group
  • Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UKGBC
  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive, Business in the Community
  • Gabrielle Giner, Head of Environmental Sustainability, BT Group
  • Wouter van Tol, Head of Government, Community Affairs and Sustainability, DS Smith
  • Rachael Everard, Head of Sustainability, Rolls-Royce plc
  • Ben Wielgus, Head of Sustainability, Informa plc
  • Andreas Ahrens, Head of Climate, Inter IKEA Group
  • Andy Gomarsall MBE, Executive Chairman, N2S
  • Christopher Nieper OBE, Managing Director, David Nieper

Read the news item for the event here.



Watch the recording of the launch of the BGA.

The coordination of the BGA is led by the CLG UK, hosted by CISL, and guided by a core group of members that includes the Aldersgate Group, Business in the Community, the CBI, CDP, the IIGCC, the UK Business Council for Sustainable Development and the UK Green Building Council.

If you are a business group interested in the joining the BGA, please contact