GLG Network Survey: COP26/Net Zero

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GLG interviewed 75 senior executives at European businesses (UK, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain).

What will you learn from this survey?

  • The research assessed the impact of COP26 and Net Zero strategies on European businesses.
  • Respondents commented on support in moving towards greener solutions, both within their supply chain and from government subsidies.
  • Lastly, our experts commented on the impact on the air-travel industry and whether business travel is expected to continue in light of pressure from these green initiatives.

Examples of findings:

  • Businesses expect significant costs in the next 3 years to incur due to climate/environmental concerns, with 81% stating this is likely or extremely likely.
  • 86% expect that their industry will have to change due to Net Zero, with 76% anticipating these changes to be positive.
  • Our experts believe that COP26 will lead to greater investment in technology (81%) and skilling/reskilling (59%).


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Andrea Mogni, former Senior Policy Officer at the European External Action Service.

The standard deliverable includes: 

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”) in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.
  • Executive summary with key takeaways and highlights from the raw data.


  • To what extent is tackling climate-related issues a priority for your company?
  • To what extent do you think businesses within your industry will incur significant costs in the next three years due to climate/environmental concerns?
  • To what extent do you expect Net Zero strategy to impact businesses in your industry?
  • What is the average timeline for when changes will need to take place for companies in your industry?
  • What opportunities do the Net Zero Strategy policies present for businesses in your industry?
  • To what extent do you expect the outcomes of the COP26 conference to impact businesses in your industry?
  • What will the impact of these changes be on businesses in your industry?
  • What opportunities do the outcomes of the COP26 conference present for businesses in your industry?
  • Which of the following, if any, will businesses within your industry need to invest in as a result of COP26 objectives?
  • In the case of an environmental/climate tax, how do you expect this to be managed by businesses in your industry?

This survey is available to subscribers of the Legal, Economic and Regulatory Affairs (LERA) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.

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