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Driving transformation in the wake of London Climate Action Week

By Tanith Allen

Northampton, MA –News Direct– Acre

Systemic change requires something more urgent and revolutionary in terms of creating and supporting climate action and the “evolution, not revolution” mantra that has underpinned corporate sustainability in the past is no longer enough. .

Three years after attending the last Climate Innovation Forum (CIF) in person as part of London Climate Action Week, I was intrigued to find out how far climate action has grown and manifested through the ‘innovation.

There was a plethora of speakers at CIF including Rt Hon Greg Hands MP (Minister of State for Energy, Clean Growth and Climate Change), Ben Wilson (Head of Strategy and External Affairs, National Grid), Nick Mabey (Founder, London Climate Action Week) and Lord Adair Turner (Chairman, Energy Transitions Commission, a global coalition of energy leaders from all walks of life).

Transport was naturally in the spotlight, with a stronger sense of the specific action that rail, road, maritime and aviation could undertake, as well as a deeper and more developed understanding of the role that can play alternative fuels such as hydrogen, as well as their current constraints, in the energy transition. Scope 3 (i.e. a company’s emissions within its supply chain) has resulted in a noticeable power shift in infrastructure and manufacturing, with the most ambitious B2Bs now moving away from the compliance-driven sustainability, which was driven by a check mark exercise for their clients, in favor of developing innovation-driven strategies. This enables suppliers and manufacturers to challenge customers towards the consumer end of the market and moves sustainability teams from a cost center position to driving value creation and long-term business opportunities.

Some CIF delegates were determined to want the perfect solutions, namely academia and government, where expectations are high and budgets are tightly watched, but most also recognized that today’s answers cannot rely on technology that is still 10 or 15 years away from scaling up. I have attended several roundtables and have noticed that companies are no longer “hitting the road”, to use a term I have heard several times throughout the day, and that corporate sustainability teams were developing practical and pragmatic strategies centered on electric vehicles, more intuitive logistics management and skills development at all levels of their company.

In recent years, we have placed much more emphasis on environmental management and reporting, but eventually social impact resurfaced as part of strategic sustainability conversations and was very prevalent at CIF. There was more discussion this time around health and clean air, noting the impact that burning fossil fuels for transportation can have on populations. The market is also reflecting this shift with an increasing number of roles that interface with the environment, aiming to deliver sustainable innovations that put people and the planet on a more balanced keel.

From the perspective of community mobility, the application of technology is essential. Turo and Uberpool for car sharing, for example, demonstrate how trips can be shared to reduce emissions, and while not everything depends on the individual, diverse strategies that empower customers as well as employees and suppliers are those who will have the power to stay.

If you’ve been to London Climate Action Week and found some of the things particularly stimulating, I’d be interested to hear from you to discuss this further, especially if you think changes in the sector are affecting the way you manage your organization. Acre delivers talent solutions by working with forward-thinking, driven organizations that seek highly skilled people to drive the sustainability agenda and equip businesses to build resilience, adapt, and manage the risks associated with the fight. against climate change.

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Tanith leads Acre’s recruitment teams in infrastructure and manufacturing. Since joining the firm, Tanith has developed Acre’s executive advisory platform, Acre Bench, providing flexible support to clients facing some of the toughest materiality, strategy and blockchain issues. responsible value in terms of sustainability. She has successfully placed senior ESG professionals with clients such as LyondellBasell, Ball Corporation and Virgin Atlantic, as well as with leading industry bodies. Tanith spends the majority of his time with Acre’s clients, delivering executive search projects as well as bespoke consulting and business optimization engagements.

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