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Business leadership for a climate neutral economy

10 July 2024 - A new policy briefing from the UK Corporate Leaders Group sets out how a Labour government can help businesses take climate action now.

Read the policy briefing.

The next 5 years will determine the UK’s success in meeting internationally agreed 2030 climate and nature targets. These include the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the Global Biodiversity Framework (GBF) targets aimed at halting and reversing nature loss by 2030.

Not only is this an important time to set the UK on the right course to meet international targets and maintain its position as a global leader on climate and nature, but it is also a vital moment for global collaboration between governments and businesses, which can help address these challenges collectively. The UK has played an important role in the past in encouraging global ambition and in convening those who can work through the solutions.

CLG UK’s ambition is that it continues to do so. Our role is therefore more important than ever, as climate action, net zero and the environmental agenda all come under more scrutiny. Given this, our core messages for 2024 all centre around our north star: unlocking UK leadership and maintaining ambition for climate, nature and people.

Key findings of the policy briefing:

"Unleashing the green economy: The role of UK business in fast-tracking climate action" acts as a guide for the incoming Government to unlock net zero and economic growth, providing concrete case studies showcasing successful business leadership across various sectors. It includes CLG UK's five key recommendations and examples from leading businesses on how to build a sustainable, competitive and resilient economy:

  • Use political and business leadership to capitalise on net zero
  • Deliver a swift, secure and just energy transition
  • Support greening of key economic sectors
  • Bring together the climate and nature agenda
  • Implement enabling policies for net zero and climate resilience

Read more thought leadership from the Corporate Leaders Groups here.

Learn more about CLG UK's engagement with policymakers here.

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Authors and acknowledgements

This briefing was prepared by Harry Greenfield with input from Beverley Cornaby, Viola Meyerweissflog and Serena Liuni. We would like to acknowledge Julia King, Baroness Brown of Cambridge, UK Corporate Leaders Group members and CISL colleagues for their input, constructive comments and feedback on this publication.

Citing the report

University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL). (2024). Unleashing the green economy: The role of UK business in fast-tracking climate action. Cambridge, UK: CLG UK.


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The opinions expressed here are those of the authors and do not represent an official position of CLG, CISL, the wider University of Cambridge, or clients.

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