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Book Your Pass Today For Just £399*! The Race To Zero Is On... Take Action Now & Benchmark Your Plans Against 24 Brands To Drive Forward Your Net-Zero Carbon & Sustainability Strategies!

Business-Critical, Practical & Actionable Insights & Initiatives Which Increase Efficiencies & Engagement & Deliver Meaningful Impact: Accelerate Practical Action & Drive Forward Your Organisation’s Net-Zero Carbon & Sustainability Strategies
Carbon Reduction – Tech & Innovations • Biodiversity • Engaging Leaders & Stakeholders • Packaging & Plastics • Circular Economy • Water Reduction • Renewable Tech • Carbon Reduction - Offsetting • Nature-Led & Regenagri • COP26 Actions • Real-World Lessons Learned

A Virtual, One-Day, Industry-Led Conference & Networking Event, 30th November 2021, Online. Group Discounts Available!

08.45 Registration, Informal Networking & GIC Welcome

09.00 Morning Chair’s Opening Remarks
Azin Kafai, Head of Social Impact & Sustainability, The Inkey List


09.10 How Does Technology & Engineering Innovation Support A Retailer’s Commitment To Net Zero?

  • Why innovation is important, and how can innovation support capital programmes?
  • Deep dive into using lifecycle analysis to support long-term investment
  • Boost innovation and energy efficiencies by maximising technology to drive forward projects and achieve science-based emissions targets

David Merefield, Carbon, Utilities & Engineering Manager, Sainsbury’s


09.30 Develop & Refine A Corporate Biodiversity Strategy Which Delivers Meaningful Impact, Hits Your Goals & Drives Forward Net-Zero Action Today

  • Understand the mechanisms and develop realistic solutions: what is the real value behind it and ultimately, what do you want to achieve?
  • From ambition to action: identify your long-term goals in order to determine the biodiversity pathway which best suits your organisation
  • Reporting progress and measuring success: track impact and prove effectiveness with the right metrics and measurement tools

Rich Eadie, Head of Strategy, Sustainability & Group Transformation, Severn Trent


09.50 Deliver Best-In-Class Comms & Pitches Which Engage Leaders & Stakeholders To Secure Buy-In, Investment & Long-Term Support For Your Net-Zero Agenda

  • How can you drive sustainability from the CEOs office to the general workspace?
  • From the top down, or from the bottom up…  ensure you are effectively communicating to all parties in the right manner in order to win that all-important employee buy-in
  • Perfect your pitch! Engage leadership for continued investment to fully embed net zero into your business planning and strategies today
  • Successfully align your net zero agenda with the wider company culture to truly engage colleagues at all levels

Dr Philip Tamuno, Head of Sustainability, Queen Mary University of London


Matt Bullivant, Head Of Sustainability, Close Brothers


10.20 Morning Refreshment Break With Informal Networking



Abstract - From 06 April 2022, it will be mandatory for over 1000 of the largest UK-registered businesses to disclose climate-related financial information in line with the recommendations from The Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures (TCFD). TCFD was developed for use by companies, banks, and investors in providing consistent information about climate-related financial risk disclosures to stakeholders. Whilst some businesses already disclose climate-related information in line with TCFD, for others it can seem a daunting prospect. Our talk will introduce the concept of TCFD, how we took action adopting it within our business, how we find it useful to influence and inform our business strategy together with lessons we learned along the way.

Sarah Mogford, Divisional Director, Environment & Planning, RSK Group


Lucy Thomas, Group Chief Scientist and Managing Director for Africa, RSK Group



11.05 Pioneering Packaging & Plastics Commitments Which Minimise Waste Without Compromising On Design, Quality & Safety

  • Reduce, recycle, recover: mitigate the risk of your packaging ending up in landfill or as litter with robust and forward-thinking packaging strategies
  • Accelerate the use of recycled packaging and overall plastic reduction by rethinking and restrategising with innovative and inspirational innovations
  • Commit and collaborate: tackle growing waste issues globally with corporate involvement in refill and recycling schemes

Will Ennett, Head of Sustainability, TalkTalk


11.25 How To Be Prepared For Forthcoming Policy Developments In Packaging & Plastics

  • Know the policy drivers – what is coming, and when
  • How much plastic? recyclable or recycled? – how well do you know your product portfolio?
  • Solutions to support your strategy

John Redmayne, Managing Director, ERP UK


11.40 Practical & Actionable Circular Economy & Collaboration Strategies Which Look Beyond Short-Term Goals To Drive Long-Term Efficiencies

  • Discover how organisations are making circular economy models work for them with technology developments which enable businesses to deliver practical CE outcomes
  • Reusing and remaking! How can you design a product to actually use waste, and how can you find somewhere for your waste materials to go?
  • Top tips and tricks to engage decision makers and mitigate the kickback to get people on board with your collaboration initiatives

Pedro Ruiz, Environmental Sustainability Engineer, Nestlé España, SA


12.00 Flight Path To Net Zero: Decarbonising Aviation

  • What strategies do airlines need to adopt for more efficient flying?
  • An insight into British Airways' roadmap of short, medium, and long-term initiatives to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050

Carrie Harris, Head of Sustainability, British Airways


12.20 Discover Cutting-Edge, New-To-Market Technologies Which Will Enhance Your Renewable Strategies & Accelerate Net-Zero Action

  • Review and examine the vital role technology plays in delivering support for your organisation’s net-zero agenda
  • Industry benchmarking: what systems can support you with your journey, and what are the best software systems and tech out there to drive forward your journey of decarbonisation and energy efficiency?

Jo Chidley, Founder, Beauty Kitchen

12.50 Lunch & Informal Networking For Speakers, Delegates & Partners

12.55 Informal Peer To Peer Breakout Discussions

A) Contracting For Net Zero
Alexander Herridge, Alliance Carbon Manager, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water



B) Supply Chain

C) Climate

13.50 Afternoon Chair’s Opening Remarks
Gill Higgins, Head of Sustainability, Dawn Meats Group



14.15 Combat The Water Crisis & Lower Your Organisation’s Water Footprint With Strategic & Proactive Conservation Strategies

  • Understand water risk – water in the context of climate change
  • From water reduction to aiming at a positive water impact – implementation at Nestlé Waters
  • Methodical approaches to understand and tackle water challenges
  • Creating a positive water impact – looking at the project toolbox

Achim Drewes, Sustainability & Stakeholder Relations, Nestlé Waters EMENA


14.35 Establish Responsible, Authentic & Quality Carbon Offsetting Projects Which Deliver Real Value, Wider Business Benefits & Mitigate Greenwashing Claims

  • What new methodologies are emerging to transform business change and drive future profitability?
  • Agile is the methodology of the moment, but where are waterfall techniques more appropriate to ensure project success?
  • Mitigate resistance, risk and long-term uncertainty by determining the right framework and operating models for you

Pete Stevens, Manager of Carbon Neutrality, Yorkshire Water


14.55 Inspire & Empower The Transition Towards A More Sustainable Future By Developing Forward-Thinking, Holistic Regenagri Strategies & Initiatives

  • How can nature be used to deliver more sustainable outcomes?
  • From theory to practical action! Draw up and drive forward advances in your regenagri strategies with actionable insights

Annelie Selander, Group Sustainability Director, Nomad Foods

15.00 Bonus Session; Reserved For Exclusive Conference Partner

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


15.15 The Role Of Nature Based Solutions For UK 2050 Net Zero & For UK Businesses

  • Reminding everyone why  net zero and getting them to think back to why businesses and governments have set these targets – it’s not to hit individual targets and numbers, to put nice things in annual reports and deliver a ROI, it’s to achieve the 1.5 degree global temperature target so that we have a planet to do business on in the future
  • The solutions are well recognised – reduce emissions as much as possible, then look at removal options with tree planting and NbS as part of a recognised, recommended and proven solution
  • Whilst planning, SBTs and other things are important, as it’s recognised what needs to be done – getting on with it rather than talking about it and planning it is vital – like NOW
  • Consider offsetting/mitigation for unavoidable emissions – yes protect existing forests so that things don’t get worse BUT new tree planting will move us forward to 1.5 degrees and net zero. Whilst important, protection alone and carbon credits in existing forests will not!
  • The role that WT can play for businesses in the UK to deliver way beyond carbon (biodiversity, nature, health & wellbeing, UK staff, customer shareholder and other stakeholder engagement etc) in delivering wider ranging strategies, UK net zero and business carbon goals

Martin Turner, Relationship Manager, Woodland Trust

15.30 Afternoon Refreshment Break With Informal Networking


16.00 Business-Critical Insights From COP26 That You Need To Hear Today In Order To Accelerate Action & Drive Forward Your Net-Zero Agenda

  • What have been the key takeaways from COP26, and how can you feed these into your action plans moving forward?
  • From challenges to opportunities: was there anything unexpected that came from the conference that you should be looking to (re)focus on?
  • Beyond policy... what were the real moments of inspiration from the event that have rekindled your fire?

James Close, Head of Climate Change, NatWest Group


16.20 Adopt Carbon Offsetting Projects That Make A Tangible Impact On The Environment

  • Balancing the scales: uncover innovative, inspirational and forward-thinking offsetting strategies to reduce your organisation’s environmental footprint
  • Compensate, collaborate, mitigate! Measure and calculate your organisation’s carbon footprint in order to counter this effectively and deliver energy-efficient projects
  • Deep dive into strategies to sequester CO2 from the atmosphere to reach the Paris Agreement

Baishakhi Sengupta, Environmental Sustainability & Governance Strategic Consultant, Avara Foods


16.40 How Do You Make Net-Zero Milk?

  • Deep dive into the impact of agriculture on climate change and how that looks globally
  • Emissions evaluation: where are the emissions in agricultural protein products, and what is the industry doing to tackle emissions?
  • What are the challenges we still need to solve, and what are we doing about those challenges?

Jen Butcher, Head of Responsibility Engagement, AB Agri


17.00 From Set-Backs To Successes! Build & Develop Robust, Future-Ready Strategies Which Drive Forward Progress & Define Your Net Zero Journey

  • Review and assess the impacts of the pandemic on net-zero progress
  • Break down the buzzwords and examine best-in- class advice on how to set goals and targets to truly embed net zero into your business planning

Alexander Herridge, Alliance Carbon Manager, Dwr Cymru Welsh Water


Alex Pitman, Energy & Carbon Performance Manager, Co-operative Group

Julie Owst, Head of Sustainability & Change, Bidfood

Emma Detain, Sustainability Manager, Mindful Chef

Baishakhi Sengupta, Environmental Sustainability & Governance Strategic Consultant, Avara Foods

17.30 Afternoon Chair’s Closing Remarks & Official Close Of Conference