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Zeroing In: Capturing the Opportunities from a UK Net Zero Emission Target, April 2019

Aldersgate Group

This report sets out how the UK can make the most of the net zero opportunity by providing the background to net zero in the UK, and then identifying key actions the government should take now to meet existing carbon budgets and set a good foundation to increase ambition. It considers how government can develop a bolder innovation policy, establish frameworks to expand the UK market for low carbon infrastructure, goods and services, and encourage more cross-industry collaboration to identify opportunities for accelerated emissions reductions. The report features case studies of ultra-low carbon innovation around the world throughout to demonstrate the feasibility and new market opportunities of delivering a net zero target in the UK.

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Co-benefits of climate change mitigation in the UK: What issues are the UK public concerned about and how can action on climate change help to address them?

Dr Neil Jennings, Dr Daniela Fecht and Dr Sara de Matteis, March 2019, Imperial College London, Grantham Institute, Briefing paper No 31

This briefing, shows how action on climate change can have multiple benefits across society, and is relevant to UK public concern, and associated government priorities. It highlights the role that cities and devolved regions can play in capitalising on these co-benefits, and suggests that incorporating them into the decision-making process may help to bring about faster, deeper cuts in carbon emissions.

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Sustaining Our Future to Protect our Past, Historic Environment Scotland's Carbon Management Plan 2020

Historic Environment Scotland’s Carbon Management Plan takes an innovative approach to carbon management, focused through a series of five-year periods, each of which is allocated a specific carbon budget. In practice, for the duration of this current plan, this requires a progressive decrease in carbon emissions of between 2.2 per cent and 2.4 per cent each year to 2020, leading to an overall 11 per cent reduction for the period 2015-2020.

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Sustainability: Key to Long-Term Institutional Success, October 2018

This Guide has been developed by EAUC and the University of Edinburgh, with support from the Committee of University Chairs (CUC), Universities UK and Advance HE, and expert guidance from a cross sector Advisory Group of University Chairs and Vice-Chancellors together with EAUC Board members and expert advisors. The aim of this Guide is to highlight the institutional benefits available through making sustainability a ‘top team, top table issue’, and one that complements and enriches current agendas. The Guide is designed to provoke discussion and reflection on the opportunities associated with embedding sustainability at a strategic level in your institution. In the interests of brevity, the Guide does not describe all the various means of how to seize these opportunities or all the reasons why it is imperative to the success of your institution.

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Social Responsibility and Sustainability, Annual Report 2017-18

The continued progress made by staff and students in 2017-18 at The University of Edinburgh to make a more socially responsible and sustainable university is demonstrated in this ninth annual report.

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How to Report on the SDGs, 2017

One Stone Advisors

There’s​ ​a​ ​wide​ ​range​ ​of​ ​approaches—so​ ​what​ ​can​ ​we​ ​learn​ ​from​ ​early​ ​adopters​ ​on​ ​how​ ​to deliver​ ​and​ ​communicate​ ​effectively​ ​on​ ​the​ ​Goals?​ ​For​ ​those​ ​just​ ​starting​ ​out​ ​on​ ​the​ ​SDG journey,​ ​the​ tips in this report​ ​will​ ​help​ ​you​ ​connect​ ​the​ ​dots,​ ​make​ ​a​ ​strong​ ​business​ ​case​ ​and​ ​put the​ ​right​ ​building​ ​blocks​ ​in​ ​place.​ ​For​ ​organisations​ ​already​ ​actively​ ​engaging​ ​with​ ​the​ ​SDGs, the ​best​ ​practice​ ​examples​ ​will​ ​inspire​ ​new​ ​ways​ ​to​ ​craft​ ​an​ ​effective​ ​and​ ​compelling​ ​SDG leadership​ ​story.​

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