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 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:
The Møller Centre is part of the University of Cambridge's Churchill College, and is specifically designed as conference and training venue.
It is conveniently located just 15 minutes' walk from Cambridge city centre and is close to the motorway network, Stansted International Airport (30 minutes by car) and London (one hour by rail). The Møller Centre has excellent facilities designed to create a productive learning and working environment.
Read information on how to get to get to The Møller Centre.
The Møller Centre provides executive en-suite bedrooms with free digital TV, oversized desk, direct dial telephone, wireless broadband, minibar, tea/coffee making facilities, hairdryer and ironing board.
Meals will be served in the restaurant of The Møller Centre and the Tower Lounge Bar will also be open in the evenings. Free PC workstation access is available in public areas with wireless broadband throughout.
A range of sports facilities are available on-site, including a fitness suite and outdoor leisure facilities, jogging trails, tennis and squash courts.
Free on-site parking is available.
Wheelchair access is available throughout. A hearing induction loop and sonic alert pillows are available on request.
Accommodation during the seminar is included in the programme fee, as are all meals. If you require accommodation on the night before or following the seminar, please advise us as soon as possible. You will need to pay for these additional nights separately, settling your bill directly with The Møller Centre before departure. The cost of an additional night’s bed and breakfast will be approximately £100 +VAT.
N.B. Please note that any extras will be charged to your personal account which should be settled directly with The Møller Centre before departure.
In order to encourage a relaxed and informal atmosphere, participants are welcome to wear casual dress rather than formal business attire.
The Møller Centre Management Training & Conference Venue Storey's Way Cambridge CB3 0DE Tel.: +44 (0)1223 465500 Fax: +44 (0)1223 465525 www.mollercentre.co.uk
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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