Many people were blind-sided by the Government’s renewed focus on decarbonisation. The Prime Minster has effectively announced the end of the internal combustion engine. 

Who knows whether this move is to align with the President-elect, the result of an epiphany to the effects of climate change or as a politically advantageous moment where job creation, economic policy and public opinion convenient align?

Whatever the reason, let’s press on. 

Last week it was London Climate Action Week with one of the headlines being the City of London Corporation signing a new 15 year, £40m power purchase deal to help fund a 49MW solar farm in Dorset that will power the UK capital's financial district. 

Did you miss that?

And today we’ll hear more about the Chancellor’s Green Investment Fund.

Boris Johnson says the new plans will create and support up to 250,000 British jobs while allowing the UK to “forge ahead with eradicating its contribution to climate change by 2050” in the lead-up to the COP26 climate summit being hosted in Glasgow next year.

With many other pressing challenges over the past 12 months, many employers have taken their focus off climate issues.

But the heightened publicity, together with new taxes and investment opportunities in the near future, mean they now need renewed focus on recalibrating their businesses.

A recent YouGov survey amongst 13 – 18 year olds reported that concerns over climate change – and companies’ responses - are at an all time high.

So if you want to attract these young people – either as consumers or potential recruits – it’s time to update your operating model and credentials.