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New CISL Director of Policy Announced



The Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) has announced its new Director of Policy. Jill Duggan has been announced as the new Director of Policy at CISL and Director at The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG). Jill will bring her experience to a team that leads, business collaborations, policy initiatives and climate change projects.

Jill has been a Senior Associate of CISL for 2 years and brings with her extensive experience of international climate and energy policy from both government and industry perspectives. Jill has been deeply involved in the development of climate policy in the UK and Europe as well as working extensively in the United States and Canada.

She was previously Director of Policy for Doosan Babcock before running her own consultancy, Carbon Policy Associates.  Jill has been a board member for a diverse range of organisations – from the European Power Plant Suppliers Association to Sandbag, a global climate think tank.  She has experienced the climate and energy arena from a variety of perspectives and has a broad understanding of the opportunities and obstacles that face business and policy makers.

Jill replaces Sandrine Dixson-Declève who oversaw the growing influence of the group at EU and international level. Under her leadership the CLG was able to play a key role in calling for a stronger EU 2030 climate and energy package and securing the Paris Agreement on climate change. Sandrine also oversaw the founding of the EU Green Growth Platform.

Jill Duggan said: “I have seen at first-hand the value of business voices like The Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) in advancing climate ambition. The Group’s success in securing deeper relationships with high-level policy makers has provided the opportunities to show real leadership and develop new thinking.

“I believe the CLG is unique in its EU-wide breadth; its high level access; its consistent demonstration of the benefits of business action and, of course, its unique relationship with a renowned academic institution – the University of Cambridge.” 

“We are at a tipping point in the transition away from the fossil fuel economy.  The creativity of business and industry is developing new ways of working, which makes the future very exciting.  The years ahead promise to be both bright and challenging for the Corporate Leaders Group – we have a huge opportunity in the climate challenge ahead of us.  Business played a major part in securing the Paris Agreement between nations, and is keen to see that agreement ratified and the rules developed so they can play their part in accelerating action.”

“The Corporate Leaders Group will continue to show leadership and focus on delivering the promise of Paris; unlocking innovation and supporting ambitious and appropriate decarbonisation policy.”

Polly Courtice, Director at CISL, said: “Jill is a great addition to the senior management team at the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and the Prince of Wales’s Corporate Leaders Group, for which we provide the secretariat.

“The post-Paris period will be exciting as companies, countries, regions and cities move from commitments to action. Our renewed focus on driving and supporting business innovation and solutions alongside concerted policy dialogue will benefit enormously from Jill’s experience in the private and public sectors.”


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