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The UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero launch event webinar: Six-months to COP26: Accelerating UK business action in the Race to Zero.

The launch webinar was on Thursday 29 April, 1.30-2.30pm BST. 

Please find the summary note here.

Business will play a key role in the transition to a net zero economy in the UK and in supporting the COP26 Climate Summit due to take place in Glasgow in November. While nearly 100 major UK businesses are already signed up to the leading Business Ambition for 1.5 commitment and approximately 500 smaller businesses have signed the similarly ambitious SME Climate Commitment, this groundswell of support for the global Race to Zero campaign must grow with many more businesses committing to the emissions reductions required to meet the UK’s climate targets. To support UK business action on climate change, some of the country’s leading business groups are working together with the support of the UK government in a new network, the UK Business Group Alliance for Net Zero (BGA).

This webinar formally launched the BGA and provided an opportunity to hear from the UK government and businesses, including some who had just joined the Race to Zero. Discussions explored UK business leadership on net zero and how business can contribute to the success of COP26.

Speakers included:

  • Keynote: Andrew Griffith MP, The UK's Net Zero Business Champion
  • Eliot Whittington (Chair), Director, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group
  • Rain Newton-Smith, Chief Economist, CBI
  • Amanda Mackenzie OBE, Chief Executive, Business in the Community
  • Peter Simpson, Chief Executive, Anglian Water Group, and co-Chair of The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group
  • Thierry Garnier, CEO, Kingfisher
  • Clare Harbord, Group Director of Corporate Affairs, Drax
  • Paul King, Managing Director, Sustainability & Social Impact - Europe, Lendlease
  • Robin Mills, Managing Director, Compass Group UK & Ireland
  • Ron Gerrard, Chief EHS and Operations Officer, Johnson Matthey

The coordination of the BGA is led by the CLG, 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 .