The Green Economy
The race to Net Zero

The Government has placed significant emphasis on the success of the COP26 summit, positioning the UK as a global leader in the race to net zero. Their agenda will be “environment, environment, environment from here on in” according to one government advisor.

The UK has committed to a carbon neutral target by 2050, including an ambitious 78% carbon reduction by 2035.

This page showcases our work and original thinking on the green economy and decarbonisation. We will be holding a number of key events throughout the year, alongside polling and opinion pieces from political and business stakeholders.

If you would like to contribute or to talk us about how we can help you build your brand in this space, please do get in touch.

Public and MP attitudes to net zero and climate change report

Cavendish Advocacy has worked with Yonder to survey the public and MPs on their attitudes to the climate crisis and awareness of government policy to combat climate change.

Our thinking

The Race to Net Zero

We launched our “Race to Net Zero” project diving into each of the ten sectors, looking at the political and policy landscape which underpins each one, and what still needs to be done if the Prime Minister’s ambitions for a green industrial revolution are to be realised.

We will hear from business leaders, industry experts and politicians on what has been achieved and what they think the Government still needs to do. We will look at what impact COP26 has had, if any, on spurring politicians into action. We will be sharing research, insights and analysis into each key sector, and we will be running a series of events bringing together businesses, politicians and other key stakeholders to look at what more can be done to ensure all ten sectors reach the finish line.

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We work with our clients to ensure they play their part in the race to net zero – providing solutions, new thinking and expertise to get them on the right track.

Our work in the green economy


Cavendish Advocacy supports the business in understanding the policy environment as it emerges, but more broadly at the standing of the brand in political circles. We do this by looking at the business and advising on what stories it should tell about itself. Starbucks deals with several inaccurate pre-conceptions and our counsel is based on pulling out the aspects that confound critics or by focusing on new initiatives that will do likewise.


Initially tasked with providing stakeholder engagement backing at a local level to support development sites, the brief developed to become a national public affairs programme, focused on raising Stonewater’s profile with political stakeholders in Westminster and influencing the direction of Government policy.


The UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation is part of an international charitable organisation whose statutory aims are in the fields of arts, social welfare, education and science. They aim to create the conditions for change by connecting across borders of all kinds – national, cultural, organisational, disciplinary and social. 

If you want to talk more about how to position yourself within the green economy and climate change agenda, please contact us here.

James Bird

James Bird


James has over a decade’s experience in delivering award-winning public affairs and advocacy campaigns for clients across multiple sectors.

A former councillor and two-time parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party, James has been involved in the last five general election campaigns. From thought leadership and profile raising to stakeholder engagement, media training and crisis communications, he is well versed across the communications spectrum.

This is supported by an enviable network of media contacts, secured through reporting as a freelance broadcast journalist for the BBC. He has advised clients such as Stonewater Housing Association, Midlands Connect, GEMS Education, Northamptonshire Local Enterprise Partnership, West Midlands Combined Authority, Bovis Homes.

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Tom Bradley

Tom Bradley


Tom is an Associate Director and heads up Cavendish Advocacy’s Energy & Green Growth team. He has over a decade’s experience in working with U.K. and international businesses, trade associations and charities, helping them to achieve real cut-through with Governments and regulators.

Prior to joining Cavendish Advocacy, Tom worked for the UK’s largest gas distribution network, leading on their decarbonisation of heat and transport work. He also worked in consultancy and advised clients such as Shell, U.K. Power Networks and Autogas. He previously worked for Conservative MPs and MEPs in Westminster and Brussels.

Tom is a former parliamentary candidate for the Conservative Party, currently serves as a local councillor and is a member of The Cotswolds Conservative Association’s Executive Council. He serves as a trustee and Non-Executive Chairman of a rural charity.

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David Button

David Button


David has considerable experience of designing and delivering public affairs and communications programmes across the housing, transport, healthcare, energy, FMCG and infrastructure sectors.

He has an excellent track record of helping clients to build their influence with the Government and Parliament, being an expert in the parliamentary and legislative process, as well as raising the profile of campaigns and asks.

His work has helped clients to achieve changes to legislation including securing government funding for infrastructure projects, exemptions to UK and European legislation and regulations, and reversing harmful policy decisions that would have a detrimental effect on their commercial interests.

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