Cutting Carbon Now

Acting on net zero


Launched in spring 2019, the Cutting Carbon Now (CCN) project advocates immediate action across the UK economy to drastically reduce the UK’s contribution to climate change. We are collaborating on this work with other climate focused organisations, public authorities and businesses, and wider civil society.

We must be ambitious and decisive in bringing about an economic transformation that protects the UK and the world from future health, climate and ecological crises.

Net zero policy tracker

Launched in 2020, our net zero policy tracker holds the government to account on its action to cut carbon emissions, particularly:

  • The effectiveness of its promises: the tracker maps the carbon reduction potential of new policies and funding since the start of 2020.
  • Spending commitments against annual funding needed to tackle the climate and nature emergencies.

Read the tracker updates:

Blueprint for a resilient economy

As the government recovered from the Covid-19 pandemic, we outlined the policies needed for an economic recovery that builds back a low carbon, resilient and fairer society, and strengthened the political case for action.

See our summary report, supported by full briefings:

COP26 climate leadership

In November 2021, the UK hosted the UN climate summit in Glasgow (COP26). This was a vital opportunity for concerted global action on limiting global temperature rises to 1.5C above pre-industrial levels, in line with the 2015 Paris Agreement, to avoid the most catastrophic impacts of climate change, as outlined by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).

We collaborated with other environmental organisations and businesses to ensure the UK, as hosts of the summit, led the way both domestically and globally to make COP26 a success.

In addition to providing briefings and blogs, we held two conferences to raise ambition and expectations, attracting 1,000 people from business, civil society, politics and the media. Senior political speakers included the COP26 president Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP, First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon, Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP and Rt Hon Michael Gove MP.

Explore our advocacy work:

High profile and specialist events

Our in person and online events host informed debate, increase understanding of important issues and keep the environment at the top of the political agenda.

Event highlights in 2021 include:


This project has been made possible through generous support from the Network for Social Change.

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