Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Summit 2017


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

  • An overview of the UK's climate policy direction and long-term plans
Alan Whitehead MP, Labour's Shadow Minister, Energy and Climate Change

9.35 – 10.00

Our sustainable economy 2027: Reasons to be hopeful

  • Good things are happening - and much faster than most people realise!
  • A lot of this is driven by technology breakthroughs - but (as ever!) caution is needed
  • New focus on land-based aspects of climate change - with an equally exciting solutions agenda
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
Simon Pickett, Investment Director, Octopus Investments
Moderator: Richard Black, Director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU)

10.40 – 11.10

Morning break, networking and visit to the exhibition area

11.10 – 11.20

Case study: Maximising the potential of a low carbon and circular economy

  • The business imperative
  • Responsible sourcing as a precondition for a circular economy
  • Securing materials we need today to supply tomorrow's demand
Mustan Lalani, Environment and Industry Affairs Manager, Tetra Pak

11.20 – 11.45

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

11.45 – 12.10

Case study: Navigating complex climate-related investment risk

  • How can businesses and investors manage complex 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

12.10 – 12.20

Case study: Putting our energy into change

  • Kingspan Group's Net Zero Energy Initiative, our work towards becoming a net zero energy company by 2020
  • NZE three step strategy - brief overview of our approach to achieving NZE with project case studies
  • Results to date and industry collaboration
Bianca Wong, Divisional Sustainability Manager, Kingspan

12.20 – 12.45

Case study: IKEA - moving to circular economy

  • IKEA is going all in for a sustainable future, and its People & Planet Positive Strategy outlines how they will achieve this. Hege will touch upon this strategy
  • Moving to a circular economy is essential if we are to continue to meet people's needs and dreams while staying within the limits of the planet. Hege will explore how this can become possible
  • IKEA is exploring ways in which it can support customers to reuse or recycle products which they no longer want or need. Hege will talk through some key examples and pilots which are already happening
Hege Sæbjørnsen, Country Sustainability Manager, IKEA UK & Ireland

12.45 – 13.45

Lunch break, networking and visit to the exhibition area

13.45 – 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 – 15.25

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

  • Do employee engagement campaigns work best if they operate outside usual business communication routes?
  • How can you avoid creating disillusionment amongst the most engaged employees?
  • How do you avoid talking to the ‘usual suspects'?
  • How can you build momentum?
Trewin Restorick, Founder and CEO, Hubbub UK

2. How can we build the leadership we need for a sustainable economy?

  • What are the leadership dilemmas that arise when a company tries to align itself to a sustainable pathway?
  • How can leaders navigate the inherent tensions, challenges and dilemmas?
  • How can companies develop and attract talented leaders with the mindsets and capabilities to lead through this?
Lindsay Hooper, Director of Education, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership

3. Setting and delivering science-based targets

  • Aligning your ambition to the Paris Agreement: committing to 2°C and aspiring to 1.5°C
  • Achieving buy-in: engaging with your organisation to get targets signed-off
  • Tackling Scope 3 emissions: applying best practice and setting challenging targets
  • Getting the detail right: choosing your baseline and methodology
Scarlett Benson, Senior Sustainability Consultant, Carbon Credentials
Will Jenkins, Senior Consultant, Carbon Credentials

4. Is 100 per cent renewable energy a commercially viable option? How do you build a robust business case

  • How strong is the business case for going 100% renewable?
  • What are the biggest challenges around going 100% renewable?
  • How can we get businesses to move even faster on renewables?
  • What else can companies do to future-proof their operations as part of a transition to a clean energy system?
Mike Peirce, Corporate Partnerships Director, The Climate Group

15.25 – 15.45

Afternoon break, networking and visit to the exhibition area

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:

  • H+K
  • Innasol
  • Open Energi

16.35– 17.15

Panel discussion: 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