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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources Seminar Series
Solving the problem of climate change – CDP and the ‘Ideal University’
Patrick Crawford, CDP
Climate change and living within environmental limits is a complex problem that affects us all now and will impact future generations. CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project, has been engaging with companies, investors and policy makers since 2000. CDP’s theory of change is that measurement, transparency and accountability drive positive change in the world of business and investment.
The seminar will introduce CDP, note the high level of engagement of companies, cities and investors as well as some relevant findings from the data. Despite this response much more needs to be done. CDP is working on corporate initiatives to introduce science based targets to limit a global temperature rise of 2oC and working on investor initiatives such as Carbon Action and the Portfolio Decarbonisation Coalition. All are designed to catalyse change towards a sustainable economy.
The role of universities is essential in addressing these problems within and across disciplines – locally, globally and across generations. The talk will examine the ‘Ideal University’ and the unique fit between these activities and CDP.
Patrick is responsible for CDP’s engagement programme with universities and research organisations around the world. He is also the main contact for CDP’s relationships with global environmental NGOs such as GRI, WRI and IIRC.
Changing careers from Head of Business Development at the UK’s Telegraph Media Group and a trustee of the Telegraph Staff Pension Plan Patrick sought a role where value and values overlapped. He joined CDP in 2008 working to set up the new CDP Supply Chain Program before moving on to program manage, with Accenture, Microsoft and SAP, the upgrade of the CDP systems creating the de facto global climate change, and now natural capital, data and reporting platform. His aim is to integrate this valuable data into insightful information that will impact business, investment and policy decisions as we head towards a low carbon future.
Patrick has an MBA from London Business School and received the MSc in Responsibility and Business Practice from Bath University. He lives within the South Downs National Park and in his spare time is a founding director of the Lewes Pound, the local currency for Lewes, the county town of East Sussex.
We expect this event to be extremely popular, and places will be on a first come first served basis. If you are no longer able to attend please inform us at least 24 hours in advance so that your ticket can be reallocated, email email@example.com
The presentation will promptly start at 5.30pm, please make sure you arrive in plenty of time. If you arrive late we may ask you to stand at the back to ensure the seminar is not interupted.
The talk will be followed by Q&A session and a networking reception with drinks and nibbles.
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UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources
The UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources was established as an academic department in 2011. It is a cross-disciplinary institute set up to carry out research, teaching and enterprise work in the research theme of sustainable use of resources and the environment and to bring together capabilities from across UCL. In 2012 we were re-located within the Bartlett, UCL’s Faculty of the Built Environment, and have developed a close relationship with UCL-Energy, with which we undertake joint projects, and share research tools and approaches.