Society is indeed a contract. It is a partnership not only between those who are living but between those who are living, those who are dead, and those who are to be born.
— Edmund Burke

The Conservative Environment Network is an independent forum for the advancement of Conservative Environmentalism.

Conservative Environmentalism sees the health and economic resilience of future society as partly rooted in decisions taken today. It favours decentralised solutions which harness the power of free markets, thereby aligning economic and environmental health. Where necessary, it asks governments to facilitate such markets. It recalls to us the clear messages handed down by generations of conservative thinkers from Edmund Burke to Adam Smith to Margaret Thatcher. It reclaims the positive environmental track record of conservative governments around the world.

CEN staff, our work and our projects are funded by philanthropic foundations and donors. We are extremely grateful for support from the European Climate Foundation. CEN works through promoting conservative voices within the environmental movement and promoting environmentalism in conservative politics. We do this through a combination of thought leadership, convening and the fostering of networks both in public and privately. Leading NGOs and businesses shape their approaches to environmental policy

We also collaborate with like-minded partners on events and reports on an ad hoc basis, which often involves sponsorship funding. If you're interested in working with CEN on a future project or event then please do get in touch.

Our Reports


Our Projects

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I: Clean Growth

We believe that the best future for UK manufacturing industry lies in clean growth, and that government policy should therefore support R&D and investment in clean technologies. We support the promotion of electric vehicles, alongside active transport and increased planting of trees to tackle air pollution on our roads and streets.

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Antoinette Sandbach: energy efficiency

Low Carbon Economy Reception

Renewables Reception

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Supporting offshore wind week

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Accelerating the Transition to EVs

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CEN Ambassador: the IPCC report


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II: International Leadership

We believe that the UK has a unique leadership role as the first country to implement legally binding climate change legislation in the Climate Change Act. We believe that the UK has — and must seize — the opportunity to lead the world in ending the illegal wildlife trade, halting the annihilation of species, and restoring the health of our oceans.

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Zac Goldsmith MP: Illegal wildlife trade conference

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Tackling marine plastics

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CEN: Climate change & Women

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III: Climate Change Ambition

We believe that climate change creates severe risks for global stability and prosperity, and that the UK must therefore continue to lead the way not only in promoting adaptation but also in reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

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CEN AMbassador: Net Zero opportunities

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Simon CLARKE MP: the CCA and Net Zero

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IV: Environment after Brexit

We support the establishment of a new legal framework to halt and reverse the decline in our ecosystems, so that future generations can enjoy and be protected by the UK’s natural inheritance. We support a new system of rural payments that is based on the principle that public money should be used to secure ecological gains for the benefit of the public, and promotes a vibrant rural economy including high-quality, sustainable agriculture.

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Kevin Hollinrake MP: Environment Bill

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Brexit & opportunities for animal welfare

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Ben Bradley MP: Brexit & Bees