Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2018



8.30 – 9.00

Registration and breakfast

9.00 – 9.05

Welcome and opening remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

9.05 – 9.10

Centrica address
Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions

9.10 – 9.40

Science keynote: Dealing with climate change
Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Director, University of East Anglia
  • What is the latest evidence on climate change and its impacts?
  • What do we need to do to tackle climate change?
  • What are the options to reach current decarbonisation targets?

9.40 – 10.10

Business/Economic keynote: The stakes are high
James Thornton, CEO, ClientEarth
  • The legal and reputational risks for companies that get it wrong
  • The business benefits and opportunities of embracing a greener future

10.10 – 10.50

Panel discussion: Inspiring a green business revolution
Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of Earth
Caroline Laurie, Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher
Angela Terry, CEO, The Climate Alliance
Matthew Wright, UK Managing Director, 
Chair: Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)
  • How can businesses work more collaboratively in pursuit of green innovation?
  • How can businesses better engage the public with new green technologies and services?
  • What are barriers to green innovation that need to be overcome?

10.50 – 11.15

Morning break and networking

11.15 – 11.40

Case study: Winning the war on marine plastic pollution
Henry Le Fleming, Assistant Director, Sustainability and Climate Change, PwC
  • What do we know about the sources of marine plastic waste?
  • How can new technologies and processes end the scourge of plastic on the ocean environment?
  • How can companies address consumer concerns on plastics effectively?
  • What methods can be used to trade off different environmental impacts from packaging?

11.40 – 12.00

Case study: How to set a deep decarbonisation target
Gabrielle Ginér, Head of Environmental Sustainability, BT
  • BT's climate action journey
  • Reducing carbon emissions intensity in the business and in the supply chain
  • Ambitions for the future: including the implementation of plans to meet 2030 goals on renewable energy, our estate and EV's

12.00 – 12.20

Case study: The business case for getting to net-zero emissions
Jessica Verhagen, VP Business Development & Strategy, Ecosphere+
  • Address climate-related risks increasingly becoming a concern for investors
  • Market to growing population of customers that care about sustainability
  • Attract talent that want to work in companies with purpose
  • Reach corporate targets on emissions and deforestation-free supply chains cost-effectively

12.20 – 12.45

Case study: Driving sustainability across Burberry's supply chain
Pam Batty, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry

Burberry's VP of Corporate Responsibility, Pam Batty, will discuss how the company drives sustainability across its global footprint, giving an overview of Burberry's responsibility strategy to 2022 and demonstrating its impact through a case study on one of the brand's iconic products, the cashmere scarf.

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch break and networking

13.45 – 14.15

Political keynote: Inspiring international green innovation
Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, BEIS
  • An overview on the UK’s current green policies and innovation strategy
  • How can government and businesses work collaboratively to drive green business innovation?
  • What can the UK do to lead the pack in pursuit of a sustainable future?

14.15 – 15.05

Panel discussion: The future of green business
Tim Crosland, Director, PlanB
Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UK Green Building Council
Jim Rushen, Group Head of Environment, Centrica
Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
Chair: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
  • What implications will Brexit have on the green economy?
  • Is 2050 a realistic target for a Net Zero Emission economy?
  • Which clean technologies are you looking at for the future?

15.05 – 16.15

Rotating roundtable workshops - 30 min each, delegates will have a chance to attend two workshops

1. Attracting on the ground support: what can business do to engage the general public with green innovation?

- Luke Wynne, Head of Youth and Schools, Global Action Plan


2. How to harness the power of partnerships to maximise green impact

- Elle McAll, Creative Partner, Hubbub

- Abigail Arden, Sustainability Intern, Hubbub


3. Engaging senior management: how to get buy in for your projects

- Bill Rees, Head of Commercial, Centrica Business Solutions


4. Delivering deep decarbonisation: how to set and meet Science-Based Emissions Targets and Sustainable Development Goal

- Sonya Bhonsle, Global Head of Supply Chain, CDP

16.15 – 16.35

Afternoon break and networking

16.35 – 17.00

Case study: Building a sustainable transport network
John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow
  • The challenge and opportunity to decouple aviation growth from carbon emissions
  • Incentivising innovation and investment in sustainable growth of the transport sector
  • How large organisations can use their scale for positive impact and maximise sustainable growth opportunities for the UK

17.00 – 17.35

In conversation with: Going green in the news
Sam Taylor, Executive Editor, BBC News Channel
Chair: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen
  • How should environmentally-focused organisations work with the news media?
  • What makes a strong news story on sustainability or climate change
  • How can longer-term trends cut through amid the noise of day-to-day events?

17.35 – 17.40

Closing remarks
James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

17.40 – 18.30

Drinks and networking