Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2018


8.30 – 9.00

Registration and breakfast

9.00 – 9.10

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

9.10 – 9.40

Political Keynote: Inspiring international green innovation
Claire Perry MP, Minister of State for Energy and Clean Growth, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
  • 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?

9.40 – 10.00

Business/Economic Keynote: The synergy of business and the planet
James Thornton, CEO, ClientEarth
  • Keynote session from a renowned climate change figure
  • Safeguarding the future of our planet and our businesses
  • Working together to find ground-breaking solutions to everyday problems

10.00 – 10.40

Panel discussion: Inspiring a green business revolution
Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth
Caroline Laurie, Head of Sustainability, Kingfisher
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?
  • How can the financial sector better support the flow of capital into investments to manage risks and capitalise on growth opportunities
  • What are barriers to green innovation that need to be overcome?

10.40 – 11.10

Morning break and networking

11.10 – 11.30

Investment keynote: Making the case for the long-term
  • Managing risk when sourcing innovation.
  • Improving SRI and highlighting the long-term benefits of investing in the green space.
  • How do you encourage investors to look to the future and not think of the short-term?

11.30 – 11.55

Case study: Winning the war on plastic waste
  • How can new technologies and processes end the scourge of plastic waste?
  • How can businesses secure support from the general public for new measures?
  • What are the barriers to winning the war on plastic waste and how can they be overcome?

11.55 – 12.20

Case study: Building a green transportation system
  • What steps have been taken to build a more sustainable transport sector and where do we go next?
  • How do you mobilise investment in the next generation technologies needed to reverse rising transport emissions?
  • How can we advance the electrification of vehicles to assist in the reduction of our carbon emissions?

12.20 – 12.45

Case study: Establishing a sustainable supply chain
Pam Batty, Vice President of Corporate Responsibility, Burberry
  • How can green businesses leverage their influence to drive green innovation in their supply chain?
  • How should businesses manage unsustainable suppliers?

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch break and networking

13.45 – 14.15

Science/Economics keynote: Dealing with climate change
Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Director, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
  • How do we reach current targets and what work needs to be done?
  • How do we tackle climate change targets in the most efficient way?
  • Do we need a new growth model?

14.15 – 15.25

Rotating roundtable workshops - 30 min each, delegates will have a chance to attend two workshops
  1. 1. Attracting on the ground support: what can business do to engage the general public with green innovation?
  2. 2. Green supply chain innovation: where to start and how to ensure best green practice?
  3. 3. Engaging senior management: how to get buy in for cutting-edge green projects?
  4. 4. Delivering deep decarbonisation: how to set and meet Science-Based Emissions Targets and Sustainable Development Goal

15.25 – 15.45

Afternoon break and networking

15.45 – 16.15

Technology keynote. The future of clean technologies
  • Keynote address from one of the most exciting clean tech firms on how they drive green innovation across their business.

16.15 – 16.35

Technology showcase
  • Four 5 minute elevator pitches to showcase innovation in clean technology

16.35 – 17.15

Panel discussion: The future of green business
Tim Crosland, Director, PlanB
Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UK Green Building Council
Eliot Whittington, Director of Policy, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership
  • 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?

17.15 – 17.45

In conversation with...
  • On stage interview between James Murray and high-profile green business leader

17.45 – 17.50

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

17.50 – 19.00

Drinks and networking

*Please note this programme is subject to change