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Leading Britain’s charge towards net zero

Sustainability consultant and former British government minister Lord Deben highlights some micro and macro steps to reduce carbon emissions.

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Former UK minister, the Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben shares an eye-opening insider's perspective, informed by two of his current roles: Chair of the UK government's Committee on Climate Change and Chair of sustainability consultancy Sancroft.

While welcoming the government’s commitments to net zero targets, Lord Deben emphasises that the real test still lies ahead: “I think we’ve won the battle of understanding. I think we’ve even won the battle of people realising that we have to do something; that it’s urgent and can’t be put off. But the trouble is that the gap between policy and delivery is very considerable… The fact is that for all governments – from left, and right, and centre – the problem they always have is delivery.”

In this entertaining discussion, Lord Deben reflects on how the pandemic has forced people to look afresh at their personal values and purpose. He says citizens (irrespective of their socio-economic circumstances) should be empowered to make choices to reduce their own emissions. And he reveals the one question that everyone can ask to protect the planet.

This is the sixth episode in our 30 For Net Zero 30 series. In each episode, Ashurst Global Sustainability Partner Anna-Marie Slot speaks with climate action champions across the globe about real steps to take now towards 2030 goals.


Anna-Marie Slot
+44 20 7859 3724
Guest Speaker - Lord Deben
Chair of the UK government’s Committee on Climate Change and Chair of sustainability consultancy Sancroft

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