Over the next decade, the relationship between business and the natural world will be a defining one. We believe every business needs to play its part in turning their climate change commitments into action, which is why we’re proud to support the Race to Resilience’s global ambition for climate adaptation and resilience.
Hannah Routh, sustainability and climate change partner, Deloitte
As a global network we have a critical role to play. We’re taking action to achieve net zero by 2030, through WorldClimate and we’re working with our clients and partners to help change businesses for the better.
Ahead of COP26, we worked in collaboration with the University of Cambridge, AECOM, Radley Yeldar and One Young World to create ‘Futures we want’: visions of what the future could look like in a climate-resilient, net-zero world in six diverse regions across the world. These visions were commissioned in 2021 by the UK government in their role as COP26 President. The visions explore what science can tell us about the wide ranging benefits of achieving this future.
We also work with clients and partners to develop innovative solutions to climate change, such as working with the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) to explore whether satellite data can help us protect the marine life in our oceans and our role coordinating pro bono work with the Earthshot Prize finalists and winners to develop and scale their solutions.
This is the decisive decade. We hope to see more countries shift net zero targets forward and make them legally binding – we need ambitious 2030 emissions reductions targets that align with reaching net zero by the middle of the century.
I also hope to see more agreement and progress around nature and conservation – carbon reduction is only part of the change we need to see. But perhaps most important of all, we need to maintain momentum – we can’t have COP26 undo the momentum and acceleration we have all seen over the past few years. So whatever is agreed between countries, I want to see more commitment from business – because we have to play our part no matter what the politics are.
Picture: marine life in our oceans needs protection