From Ambition to Action - Series Launch

From Ambition to Action – Series Launch

30/11/2020 – 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

An invitation from Cambridge Carbon Footprint to four free seminars on using an Environmental Management System (EMS) to support your business or organisation to shift from words and ambition to real action on the climate and biodiversity crisis.

Launch event 30th Nov

49% of Cambridge’s greenhouse gas emissions come from industry and commercial sources. We know there’s a huge appetite from people within businesses and organisations to play a part in moving towards net zero, but many find it difficult to know where to begin. What resource implications might there be, what expertise needed and what’s proven to actually work? Feeling overwhelmed can be a block to doing anything at all, so we’re very much proponents of ‘progress rather than perfection’.

Over 150 individuals, representatives from business, academia, local government and community groups joined Cambridge Carbon Footprint (CCF) and Cambridge City Council in early Sept for the launch of the Cambridge Climate Charter for Individuals. Featuring a brand new, free carbon footprint calculator and city specific advice hub, the Charter offers a big boost to understanding and acting on the climatic impacts of our everyday lives and operations.

We’re now focussing on sign-ups to the Cambridge Climate Charter for Businesses and Organisations and are offering a series of events to support signatories to fulfil their Charter pledges by adopting an EMS. The seminars are free and there’s no obligation to sign the Charter, though of course we’d love you to!

The Seminars kick-off with a launch that’ll showcase both the incredible progress and challenges that a handful of organisations and businesses with established systems have experienced. Guest speakers include:

Clare Watters – Sustainability Consultant, Investors in the Environment

Richard Hales – Energy and Sustainability Manager, Cambridge University Hospitals

Peter Gilheany – Director, Forster Communications (an SME aiming to be climate positive)

Andrew Limb – Head of Corporate Strategy, Cambridge City Council

Book now for the launch of the series. Post-launch we’ll be sending out a questionnaire that’ll ask what you’d most like to learn about over the three EMS seminars.

Follow-on seminars ‘From Ambition to Action’ in January and February 2021

Consultants from the accreditation scheme Investors in the Environment are partnering with CCF to offer three seminars (free of charge) to those in Cambridge wishing to implement an Environmental Management System (EMS). An EMS can help you embed sustainability and consists of:

  • An environmental policy
  • Staff engagement, time and money for your plans
  • Carbon footprint
  • Action plans, to help you scope improvements in energy, waste and transport
  • Targets and monitoring

Between seminars, it’s hoped that participants will start exploring or maybe even implementing some of the ideas as we move from topic to topic. There’ll be time at the start of each session to reflect on the ups and downs of introducing something new. Booking for the follow-on seminars will open early January.


Book now


  • Please book your space for the Launch on 30th Nov and invite colleagues to attend by sharing this invitation with relevant people/teams. There’s no limit to how many people can attend from each organisation.
  • Sign up to the Cambridge Climate Change Charter or start the conversation with your organisation about signing up.


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