At both the global and domestic level, companies, governments and citizens are now grappling with the challenges posed by keeping global temperature increases under the 2°C mark. WIG members from across the sectors have cited decarbonisation, energy transition, sustainable finance, and climate change mitigation and adaptation as some of their main areas of attention. The contribution of the UK to each of these areas, as well as its role as a leader in environmental issues, will come into sharper focus as the UK is bidding to host the COP26 Climate Summit in 2020.

Meanwhile, as renewable energy, low-carbon tech and sustainable finance mark a turning point in the global economy, emerging markets, clean growth and upskilling capabilities provide excellent opportunities across the sectors.

The events of the Environment and Climate Change Series will bring together cross-sector players to ensure that these challenges and opportunities are best addressed and utilised for the benefit of industry, government and wider society.

Within the Environment Series, WIG will focus on four key areas which include:

  • Decarbonisation, Clean Growth and Energy Transformation
  • Sustainable Finance
  • Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation 
  • Impact on Politics, Trade and International Relations
  • Food and Farming


Upcoming events

Nick Bridge, Special Representative for Climate Change, Foreign and Commonwealth Office


Henry Dimbleby, Lead Non-Executive board member, DEFRA & co-founder Leon


Joanna Whittington, Director General, Energy and Security, BEIS



Resources of interest

Podcast: Natural Capital & Industry in 2019 | Workshop


26 July 2019

Podcast: Professor Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer | Briefing


10 June 2019

Podcast: Alex Chisholm, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy | Briefing


29 May 2019

Podcast: Adapting to Climate Change: Challenges and Opportunities | Briefing


24 May 2019

Slides: Gareth Redmond-King, Head of Climate Change, WWF-UK

Document (pdf)

21 May 2019

Podcast: Gareth Redmond-King, WWF-UK | Charity Next Reception


21 May 2019

Podcast: Sir James Bevan, Chief Executive, Environment Agency | Briefing


24 April 2019

External Article: Sir James Bevan | Climate Change – Turning emergency into opportunity

External resource

17 April 2019

Slides: Green Infrastructure by Natural England and WSP

Document (pdf)

19 March 2019

Slides: Julian Critchlow, Director General, Energy Transformation and Clean Growth, BEIS | Briefing

Document (pdf)

13 February 2019