Engaging with a broad coalition of stakeholders to collectively develop and accelerate solutions

Cambridge Zero is generating the ideas and solutions that are helping make our vision a reality. By working collaboratively with stakeholders outside the University – in government, industry, the third sector, at local, national and international levels – University insight is helping address real-world needs.

Sustainability in business

The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) works directly with senior leaders, CEOs and boards of leading companies to align their strategy and commercial decisions with the Paris Agreement and drive the transition to net zero across their operations.

The Hughes Hall Centre for Climate Change Engagement aims to increase awareness on company boards of the need for urgent action on climate change. It supports Chapter Zero, which provides a toolkit to help non-executive directors understand and respond to the impacts of climate change on their businesses.

Sustainable Industry

The Maxwell Centre links leading University research across Physical Sciences and Technology with industry and policy, to develop zero-carbon solutions and accelerate their uptake.

It provides collaborative working space for stakeholders and hosts the Cambridge components of the Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials research and the Faraday Institution, the UK’s independent institute for battery science and technology.

Evidence-based policy

The Centre for Science and Policy's mission is to improve public policy through the more effective use of evidence and expertise, by creating opportunities for public policy professionals and academics to learn from each other.

The Cambridge Conservation Initiative is a collaboration between nine leading conservation organisations and the University, catalysing strategic partnerships across research, education, policy and practice to transform global understanding and conservation of biodiversity and secure a sustainable future.


Cambridge Enterprise supports the University in achieving knowledge transfer and research impact, by helping innovators, experts and entrepreneurs use commercial avenues to develop their ideas and expertise for the benefit of society.

Cambridge Cleantech unites the creators of new cleantech technologies with the financiers, partners and customers who can bring their products and services to fruition.

CISL’s Accelerator & Sustainability Hub helps local and regional entrepreneurs, SMEs and startups tackle the challenges of a transition to a sustainable economy.

Carbon13 is the venture builder for the climate emergency, working with startup founders to reduce millions of tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions.

Economic resilience

The Centre for Sustainable Finance helps financial institutions mitigate the physical risks of climate change on their portfolios and prepare for the risks and opportunities of transitioning to a low-carbon economy.

The Centre for Risk Studies engages with organisations to recognise, analyse and manage the impacts of systemic risks. The annual Cambridge Global Risk Index assesses the potential of multiple threats, including extreme weather events, to disrupt global economic activity.

Public engagement

Cambridge University Press is a leading publisher in the field of climate and sustainability. It is working directly with researchers and educators to develop a new open platform for early research and collaboration, Cambridge Open Engage.

University of Cambridge Museums is highlighting environmental challenges through Operation Survival, and a new exhibition on co-operation in the face of a changing climate.

The annual Cambridge Science Festival and Festival of Ideas provide public spaces to explore and discuss climate science, new technological advances and our role in shaping the future.