The City of London Corporation has adopted a radical Climate Action Strategy which breaks new ground and sets out how the organisation will achieve net zero, build climate resilience and champion sustainable growth, both in the UK and globally, over the next two decades.
By adopting the strategy, the City Corporation has committed to:

• Achieve net zero carbon emissions from our own operations by 2027
• Achieve net zero carbon emissions across our investments and supply chain by 2040
• Support the achievement of net zero for the Square Mile by 2040
• Invest £68m over the next six years to support these goals of which £15m is dedicated to preparing the Square Mile for extreme weather events

Alderman Alison Gownam is leading an initiative with all City Livery Companies to develop, embrace and deliver a Livery Response to the City Climate Action Strategy. On 15th April I attended a seminar with the Upper Warden, Phil Cooper, and the Renter Warden, Chris Dyson on The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and Specifically Climate Action.

In 2015 the United Nations published 17 Sustainable Development Goals ranging from and including climate action. Not surprisingly there is often impact which crosses different areas. This seminar will explain the range of goals but concentrate on the climate action goal. The seminar speakers were experts in this area of work.


The event started with an introduction and ‘call to arms’ by the Rt Hon Lord Mayor, Alderman William Russell, and this was followed by two excellent presentations, the first from Prof David Viner FIEnv Sci who is currently an Associate Director at the Green Investment Group at Macquarie, where he leads the team responsible for ensuring that investments are aligned to the global green transition.

The second was from Raphaelle Vallet who leads on Macquarie Group’s strategy for COP26 and is helping implement net zero policies in GIG. She is seconded one day a week to the UK government advising on green finance for COP26.They were both thought provoking speakers who made a compelling case for Livery Climate Action.

Thanks to the Alderman Alison Gowman for hosting this interesting and worthwhile seminar.


Valerie Owen Le Vaillant OBE

Master, Worshipful Company of Chartered Architects.