Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit


8.30 – 9.00

Registration and breakfast

9.00 – 9.10

Welcome and opening remarks: The green economy - then, now, and the future

James Murray, Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen

9.10 – 9.35

Opening keynote: Unleashing the next wave of green economic development

Claire Perry MP, Minister of State, Climate Change and Industry
  • An overview of the UK's climate policy direction and long-term plans

9.35 – 10.00

Our sustainable economy 2027: Reasons to be hopeful

Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder, Forum for the Future

10.00 – 10.40

Panel Discussion: The risks and opportunities of the transition to a green economy

  • What are the main risks and opportunities presented by the transition to a green economy and how should businesses tackle them?
  • Where do you start with the transition and what are the key factors of success?
  • Regulation vs self-regulation: what delivers the quickest positive environmental change?
Mark Campanale, Founder and Executive Director, Carbon Tracker Initiative
Michelle Hubert, Head of Infrastructure and Energy, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)
Jill Duggan, Director, The Prince of Wales's Corporate Leaders Group (CLG) and EU Green Growth Platform
Moderator: Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

10.40 – 11.10

Morning break and networking

11.10 – 11.35

Case study: Brewing with purpose - introducing ‘Together Towards ZERO'

  • Action points for eliminating carbon emissions and halving water usage at our breweries by 2030
  • Leveraging our scientific heritage
  • Our biggest challenges and how we are tackling them
Simon Boas Hoffmeyer, Sustainability Director, Carlsberg Group

11.35 – 12.00

Case study: Navigating complex climate-related investment risk

  • How can businesses and investors manage the complex and inter-related climate and technology risks they will face over the next decade?
  • Investment giant Schroders provides unique insight into how it monitors and responds to the risks and opportunities presented by climate change and the low carbon transition
Andrew Howard, Head of Sustainable Research, Schroders

12.00 – 12.25

Case study: Driving the circular economy

  • How to start implementing circular economy models within your business
  • Why should businesses embrace the circular economy and what are the benefits?
  • What is the potential impact of circular economy on your business?

12.25 – 12.50

Case study: Navigating the low cost renewables revolution

  • How can clean technologies help businesses reduce costs?
  • How can renewables and energy efficiency investments be justified?
  • What are the challenges when trying to deploy clean technologies and how to tackle them?

12.50 – 13.50

Lunch break and networking

13.50 – 14.15

Science keynote: Understanding climate change risks

  • What do the latest climate projections tell us? What risks do they pose to infrastructure and supply chain?
  • Why do we need to enhance the resilience of our infrastructure and communities?
  • What does the decarbonisation path that gives us the best chance of managing climate risks look like?
Dr Emily Shuckburgh, Climate Scientist and Deputy Head of the Polar Oceans Team, British Antarctic Survey

14.15 – 15.15

Rotating roundtable workshops (30 min each, you will have a chance to attend two)

1. Improving employee engagement - how to get colleagues on board with green business efforts
2. Building a business case for the low carbon transition - what are the key things to remember when developing a long term green business transformation programme?

Lindsay Hooper, Director of Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership

3. Understanding clean tech trends and innovation - what technologies have helped make your business more sustainable to date and what are the main sustainability drivers for the future?
4. Is 100 per cent renewable energy a commercially viable option? How do you build a robust business case

Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group

15.15 – 15.45

Afternoon break and networking

15.45 – 16.00

The role of innovation in driving forward clean growth

  • What businesses are doing to innovate and invest in the low-carbon economy
  • What the low-carbon transition means for business, consumers and the economy
  • What government can do to provide the right conditions for innovation and investment
Josh Hardie, Deputy Director-General for Policy and Campaigns, Confederation of British Industry (CBI)

16.00 – 16.20

Technology keynote: Accelerating the world's transition to sustainable energy

  • No need to compromise when driving electric vehicles - they can be better, quicker and more fun to drive than gasoline cars
  • Aiming for the future that stops relying on fossil fuels and moves towards a zero-emission future
  • Electric cars, batteries, and renewable energy generation and storage already exist independently, but when combined, they become even more powerful - that's the future we want
Hamish Phillips, Enterprise Sales Manager, Tesla

16.20 – 16.35

Green Business Innovation Showcase

Through a series of short sharp elevator pitches some of the UK's leading providers of green technologies and services will provide an insight into the latest green business innovations. The participants include:

  • Innasol
  • CISL
  • Open Energi

16.35– 17.15

Discussion panel: What's next? The green economy in 2027

  • What are the key policies and technology trends that will influence the development of green economy over the next 10 years?
  • How do we make sustainability easy, affordable and attractive to mainstream businesses and the wider public?
  • What areas of the green economy are at risk of being neglected?
Mike Barry, Director of Sustainable Business, Marks & Spencer
Julie Hirigoyen, CEO, UK Green Building Council
Emma Pinchbeck, Executive Director, RenewableUK
Seb Henbest, Head of Europe, Middle East & Africa for Bloomberg New Energy Finance and Lead Author of New Energy Outlook
Moderator: Jon Dee, Anchor Host of Smart Money, Sky News Business Channel Australia

17.15 – 17.20

Closing remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-chief, BusinessGreen


10th Anniversary Gala Reception

*The sessions are subject to change as the speaker line up is confirmed