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, 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?

9.40 – 10.10

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

10.10 – 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 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?

11.40 – 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: Ecosphere+
Jen Stebbings, VP of External Affairs & Strategy, Ecosphere+
  • TBC

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

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
Jorge Pikunic, Managing Director, Centrica Business Solutions
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?

15.05 – 16.15

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

16.15 – 16.35

Afternoon break and networking

16.35 – 17.00

Case study: Building a green transportation system
John Holland-Kaye, CEO, Heathrow
  • 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?

17.00 – 17.25

Q+A: Going green in the news
Sam Taylor, Executive Editor, BBC News Channel
  • 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?

17.25 – 17.30

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

17.30 – 18.30

Drinks and networking

*Please note this programme is subject to change