2012 marked a turning point for climate change. Extreme weather events in the US, such as the devastating Hurricane Sandy and the extended droughts in the midwest as well as the shocking pictures of an ice-free Arctic have caused widespread alarm. Reports such as the World Bank’s Turn down the heat: Why a 4°C warmer world must be avoided and others warned about devastating not-so-distant impacts and some studies projected that a 2°C rise threshold may have already been crossed. The Stockholm Environment Institute’s analysis suggests that other key planetary boundaries have been breached as well. The IPCC’s Fifth Assessment report is eagerly anticipated in 2013.
At the same time, the flurry of innovative responses from governments and businesses continued, though crucially, not at an international agreement level that would help unlock the necessary capital. Australia, South Korea and California all launched carbon tax or trading schemes. Many cities, including and beyond the C40 Cities group, accelerated actions to tackle emissions, improve productivity and increase their resilience. And leading companies are aligning R&D budgets to the low carbon economy, teaming up with new partners to solve collectively problems and climate-proof their value chains and campaigning for stronger climate policy.
The Climate Innovation Programme is designed to help business professionals, financiers, city planners and policymakers understand the new strategic imperatives created by climate change and will review the latest thinking and tools that are shaping innovative practice. The programme will feature the latest scientific discoveries and key research from the University of Cambridge and will explore these key priorities:
The programme will host an annual seminar for up to 30 participants and will be supported by a climate innovation network, information sharing and related events.
Read details about application and fees and further information for delegates.
The programme will host an annual seminar in Cambridge for up to 30 participants. Participants will spend 3 days with leading scientists and thinkers and work with peers from some of the world’s most influential organisations to:
Ultimately, participants will leave the seminar with a portfolio of solutions, a strategic approach for climate and a meaningful network focused on action. The seminar will be highly interactive and will challenge participants to think creatively about risks and opportunities and help others explore their own thinking.
Participants also benefit from:
The seminar will host presentations, research and discussions on key areas of interest, supported by climate data, applied frameworks and tools and case studies from the most innovative practice.
The programme is designed to enable key decision-makers and their teams to think creatively about climate change in their strategies, communications, and operational plans. The programme will bring together leaders from different sectors and geographies to maximise peer-learning and facilitate innovative thinking and impact.
Discounts are available for group delegations.
Bursary funding may be available for city officials in the developing world.
The programme Faculty consists of experienced practitioners and facilitators with strong subject-matter expertise and experience in the interface of climate change and science, policy, finance and business practice.
The 2013 Faculty includes:
Paul Crewe, Head of Engineering, Sustainability Energy & Environment, J Sainsbury’s Dr Stephen Peake, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Technology, Open UniversityDr Emily Shuckburgh, Head of Open Oceans, British Antarctic SurveyJames Stacey, Partner, Earth Capital Partners
CPSL is partnering with key Cambridge institutions and other leading networks and organisations to ensure the curriculum is based on the latest thinking, data and frameworks.
Current confirmed associates include:
For the last five years, CPSL has run the Climate Leadership Programme to provide much needed clarity on the science and the economics of climate change and to inspire the business community and other decision-makers to take action. The programme enrolled approximately 250 participants from leading businesses and influential international agencies, public sector and civil society organisations and served as a catalyst for learning and best practice.
During these last the last few years we have observed the following trends:
The Climate Innovation Programme will build on the success of the Climate Leadership Programme and focus on climate action.
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