Seizing the business opportunities of net zero
January 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm GMT
A conversation with Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at Cambridge University and Simon Carter, CEO of British Land
Keeping global warming to 1.5 degrees will require a rapid acceleration in the pace of climate action. This event will discuss the wealth of business opportunities involved in the transition to net zero, from those created by scientific and technological developments and innovating with new business models, to building strategic partnerships and finding routes to new markets.
Emily Farnworth, Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Engagement will explore these ideas with Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero at Cambridge University and Simon Carter, CEO of British Land, which has committed to achieving a net zero carbon portfolio by 2030.
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Emily Shuckburgh, Director of Cambridge Zero
Dr Emily Shuckburgh is Director of Cambridge Zero, the University of Cambridge’s major climate change initiative. She is also Reader in Environmental Data Science at the Department of Computer Science and Technology and leads the UKRI Centre for Doctoral Training on the Application of AI to the study of Environmental Risks (AI4ER).
She is a mathematician and climate scientist and a Fellow of Darwin College, a Fellow of the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, an Associate Fellow of the Centre for Science and Policy, a Fellow of the British Antarctic Survey and a Fellow of the Royal Meteorological Society.
She worked for more than a decade at the British Antarctic Survey where she led a UK national research programme on the Southern Ocean and its role in climate (ORCHESTRA), and was deputy head of the Polar Oceans Team and head of the Data Science Group. Prior to that she undertook research at École Normale Supérieure in Paris and at MIT. She has also acted as an advisor to the UK Government on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council.
In 2016 she was awarded an OBE for services to science and the public communication of science. She is co-author with HRH The Prince of Wales and Tony Juniper of the Ladybird Book on Climate Change.
Emily Farnworth, Co-Director at the Centre for Climate Engagement Hughes Hall University of Cambridge
Emily is the Co-Director of the Centre for Climate Engagement at the University of Cambridge. She was previously Global Director, Low Carbon Economy Transition at Environmental Resources Management.
Prior to this Emily was the Head of Climate Initiatives at the World Economic Forum where she was involved in setting up the Climate Governance Initiative, the Alliance of CEO Climate Leaders the Mission Possible Platform and the Natural Climate Solutions Alliance. She also Chairs the Advisory Committee of RE100 – an initiative that drives demand for renewable power.
Emily has over 25 years of experience working with businesses, government, and non-profit organisations to support the transition to a low-carbon economy. She has worked across multi-stakeholder groups and within specific industry sectors to collaborate on solutions to tackle climate change. She has led research, campaigns and communications strategies aimed at creating systemic change in the way businesses mange climate risk and decarbonize operations.
Simon Carter, Chief Executive Officer of British Land
Simon was appointed Chief Executive Officer of British Land in November 2020. Previously Chief Financial Officer, Simon has been instrumental in shaping British Land’s strategy, strengthening the company’s financial position and driving forward the company’s ambitious sustainability and social agenda.
Simon has extensive real estate and financial markets experience: prior to becoming CFO of British Land, Simon was Chief Financial Officer of Logicor, the European logistics business. He joined Logicor from Quintain Estates & Development Plc where he was Finance Director during the sale of the business to LoneStar. Simon previously spent over 10 years at British Land, working in a variety of financial and strategic roles. He was a member of the Executive Committee from 2012 until his departure in January 2015. Simon previously worked in fixed income at UBS and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.