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“We need to reduce our dependence on carbon. We could do this by giving it a very high price – but not overnight. Businesses need to know the glide path towards a high price, so they can do what they do best: adapt and respond.”

James Robey, Global Head of Environmental Sustainability, Capgemini

“Governments have to be more consistent. We have got to dispel this idea that when a new government comes in it can set different targets and different deadlines, because as a result they have almost without exception been missed. This isn’t just a problem because it creates scepticism among the public. It will also put off investors and lenders in a way we just can’t afford.”

Alison Dolan, CFO, Rightmove

“Property developers have a key role in reducing the carbon emissions of the built environment. Promoting innovation at every stage of operations – for example, helping suppliers swap concrete building frames for timber ones – means we can drive difference. It means Net Zero is real, and not a pipe dream.”

Paul Dunne, Operations Director, SEGRO

“Cop26 is the opportunity for political and business leaders to show they’re serious about a Net Zero future. We need policies that support the industrial shifts needed for greener, more resilient economies. In particular, we need to see greater investment in digital infrastructure to accelerate the roll out of 5G, which will provide the connectivity to support climate action, and will have a catalytic effect on many industry sectors’ own environmental footprints.”

Heather Johnson, Vice President for Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility, Ericsson

“We know that giant challenges require radical solutions. We’ve seen it in education, and it is true when it comes to sustainability. Rightly, this is an issue that our apprentice community cares deeply about, now more than ever. Through the Tortoise Accelerating Net Zero Coalition, we’ll empower our apprentices to build their knowledge, and to be part of the solution – driving transformation to the way we all do business.”

Euan Blair, CEO, Multiverse

“We won’t get to Net Zero alone. We need all businesses, governments and civil society to share ideas and solutions to transform the economy at the scale and speed we need  –  that is why we are joining the Tortoise Accelerating Net Zero Coalition.”

Claire O’Neill, Managing Director, Climate & Energy, WBCSD

“Our focus this year is on pushing the government to close the gap between targets and action on Net Zero. That’s why we’re delighted to join the Tortoise Accelerating Net Zero Coalition to collaborate on how to speed up the transition to a nature rich and green economy.”

Sam Alvis, Head of green renewal, Green Alliance

“Our Good Business Charter accreditation recognises organisations that prioritise their responsibility toward the environment and working toward Net Zero. Our members will get there faster the more we share ideas and solutions with like-minded organisations – that is why we are joining the Tortoise Accelerating Net Zero Coalition.”

Jenny Herrera, CEO, Good Business Foundation

“Many of the UK’s 5.9 million small businesses are ambitious to reduce their carbon emissions, but aren’t sure where to start. Others see apocalyptic scenes on the news and the enormity of the challenge facing us and feel disempowered, or that it’s too late to make a difference. We are grateful to join the Accelerating Net Zero Coalition, to bring a new focus first to the achievable steps in energy, transport and waste; and secondly to the government decisions needed at Cop26 so they happen.”

Craig Beaumont, Chief of External Affairs, Federation of Small Businesses

“Forty per cent of emission reductions rely on technologies not yet commercially deployed on a mass-market scale. Companies, cities, and countries are reliant on these emerging technologies that will offer the solutions to achieve net zero emissions. This is why it is brilliant to be part of the Tortoise Accelerating Net Zero Coalition, to collaborate with key industry stakeholders on the path to net zero and to shine a light on the key technologies which need to be scaled to drive down global emissions.”

Sammy Fry, Net Zero Lead, Tech Nation

Expert bodies such as the Climate Change Committee and the IPCC are clear that simply reducing carbon emissions will not be enough to avert a global climate crisis. It is the large scale deployment of negative emissions technologies that will remove millions of tonnes of carbon from the atmosphere and keep temperature rises below 1.5 degrees.

Jonathan Oates, Global Communications and Corporate Affairs Leader, Drax

We’re not cutting emissions fast enough

In the run-up to Cop26 in Glasgow, Tortoise – in collaboration with members and a network of coalition organisations – is running a programme of ThinkIns and journalism devoted to accelerating net zero.

By the time we get to the conference, we want to have an agenda with a difference.