Business has a key role in the change to a low-carbon economy. Join us to understand how you can drive the transition, and help the UK achieve an enterprise-led response to this global challenge.

The UK’s 2050 net-zero target is ambitious. Business and government must work together to seize the opportunities from the transition to clean technologies and achieve this target. This conference will give you the right insights and tools to get involved in the net-zero solution.

Our Speakers

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Conference sessions

Highlights include:

Conference Programme

  • 10:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    A high-profile discussion on the economic recovery, COP26, and the UK’s transition to net-zero emissions, including:

    • How we can achieve a green economic recovery​
    • Seizing the opportunity to raise ambition levels for COP26
    • Continuing the UK’s transition to net-zero emissions​

     

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Lord Adair Turner
      Lord Adair Turner Chair, Energy Transitions Commission
  • 11:00
    Sir Adrian Montague
    Sir Adrian Montague

    Interview panel 1

    On-demand content

    How can the financial sector support corporate action on climate change.

    As businesses respond to the twin challenges of climate change and the pandemic, speakers will discuss how we can use the recovery to support business investment in a sustainable and resilient future, as well as further development of sustainable finance initiatives to drive low-carbon investment.

    Speakers
    • Sir Adrian Montague
      Sir Adrian Montague Chairman, TheCityUK Leadership Council
    • Ian Simm
      Ian Simm CEO, Impax Asset Management
    • Sarah Breeden
      Sarah Breeden Executive Director for UK Deposit Takers Supervision
  • 11:30
    Liv Garfield
    Liv Garfield

    Interview panel 2

    On-demand content

    In the second of our interview panels, we'll discuss how Severn Trent is moving towards a low-carbon future and the business benefits (financial/social) of taking this action, and how Gemserv is helping other businesses cut their emissions as well as its own.

    Speakers
    • Liv Garfield
      Liv Garfield Chief Executive, Severn Trent
    • Alex Goody
      Alex Goody Chief Executive, Gemserv
  • 15:00
    Kwasi Kwarteng MP
    Kwasi Kwarteng MP

    Panel discussion: Building a net-zero industry

    On-demand content

    As the UK aims for net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, tackling emissions in heavy industry remains one of the key challenges we face. The costs associated with decarbonising, mixed with the need for alternative low-carbon technology and infrastructure which does not exist at scale yet, puts the sector at a disadvantage. 

    In a post-COVID context, we need to rebuild our industrial and manufacturing capabilities at home, protecting and creating new sustainable jobs and getting heavy industrial players on a credible low-carbon trajectory.  

    Speakers
    • Kwasi Kwarteng MP
      Kwasi Kwarteng MP Minister of State, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    • Myrtle Dawes
      Myrtle Dawes Solution Centre Director, The Oil & Gas Technology Centre
    • Mike Lockett
      Mike Lockett UK Country Chairman, Uniper
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 17:00
    Chris Stark
    Chris Stark

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    A high-profile discussion on the economic recovery, COP26, and the UK’s transition to net-zero emissions, including:

    • How we can achieve a green economic recovery
    • Seizing the opportunity to raise ambition levels for COP26 
    • Continuing the UK’s transition to net-zero emissions
    Speakers
    • Chris Stark
      Chris Stark Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
  • 10:00
    Nicola Shaw
    Nicola Shaw

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    • How National Grid is achieving its net-zero goals, supporting jobs and regional development​
    • The need to overcome potential challenges relating to regulatory frameworks and the investment environment ​
    • National Grid’s focus on creating apprenticeships and schemes to encourage more young people to take up careers in the energy industry.

     

    Speakers
    • Nicola Shaw
      Nicola Shaw Executive Director UK, National Grid
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 11:00
    Jonathan Brearley
    Jonathan Brearley

    Interview panel 1

    On-demand content

    Our interview pairs will focus on the role of regulation, and how this can support a strategic vision from government to deliver net-zero. Speakers will also discuss :

    • The role of Ofgem in shaping and enforcing regulation to enable net-zero​
    • Removing the barriers to business investment in net-zero​
    • Creating a vision across government for our net-zero future​

     

    Speakers
    • Jonathan Brearley
      Jonathan Brearley Chief Executive, Ofgem
    • Emma Howard-Boyd
      Emma Howard-Boyd Chair, Environment Agency
  • 11:30
    Ali Clabburn
    Ali Clabburn

    Interview panel 2

    On-demand content

    In the second of our interview panels, speakers will discuss:

    • The changing nature of travel following the pandemic, and how to ensure consumers can still make the choices needed to make net-zero happen
    • The process of creating net-zero pledges, and how different sectors are tackling challenges and sharing insights

     

    Speakers
    • Ali Clabburn
      Ali Clabburn Founder & CEO, Liftshare
    • Juliet Davenport
      Juliet Davenport CEO, Good Energy
    • Sharon Thorne
      Sharon Thorne Global Board Chair, Deloitte
  • 14:00
    Shirley Rodrigues
    Shirley Rodrigues

    Panel discussion: Net-zero cities

    Live session

    How can our cities be made into better environments that can help tackle climate change and respond to changing ways of working and commuting?

    On this panel, speakers will discuss sustaining the change to cities to tackle climate change and respond to changing ways of working and commuting as a result of the pandemic, as well as seizing the opportunity to accelerate the transition to low-carbon transport, better energy efficiency and low-carbon heating in buildings.

     

    Speakers
    • Shirley Rodrigues
      Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor, Environment & Energy, GLA
    • Polly Billington
      Polly Billington Director, UK100 Cities Network
    • Isabel Dedring
      Isabel Dedring Global Transport Leader, Arup
    • Marvin Rees
      Marvin Rees Mayor of Bristol
    • Tom Thackray
      Tom Thackray Director of Infrastructure, CBI
  • 15:00
    Sam Baker
    Sam Baker

    Panel discussion: The Goal 13 impact platform

    On-demand content

    As we build up to COP26 next year, the CBI will be working with businesses on how to create net-zero pledges and demonstrate to the wider public the role of business in achieving net-zero emissions. Attend this panel and you will:

    • Learn about the Goal 13 Impact Platform project to help businesses achieve a net-zero future by hearing from partners and companies already involved
    • Gain insight from the findings of a survey distributed ahead of the session 
    • Gain sector insights from the Impact Platform which have already been developed for financial and professions services, consumer businesses and utilities
    Speakers
    • Sam Baker
      Sam Baker Partner, Deloitte
    • Penny Endersby
      Penny Endersby CEO, Met Office
    • Julie Baddeley
      Julie Baddeley Chair, Chapter Zero
    • Jessica Fries
      Jessica Fries Executive Chairman, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
    • Henrietta Jowitt
      Henrietta Jowitt Deputy Director-General, Commercial, CBI
  • 16:00
    Kemi Badenoch MP
    Kemi Badenoch MP

    Panel discussion: Priorities for a green recovery

    On-demand content

    How can progress to net-zero and use investment in low-carbon technologies to drive our economic recovery, and ask what the priorities for public and private finance should be.

    The coronavirus pandemic has profoundly impacted business and our economic systems. As we start to build back our economies and supply chains, people are rightly asking how we can use this as an opportunity to make our systems more resilient and sustainable. We must also identify where low-carbon investments can deliver our economic recovery and support prosperity around the country.

    In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss:

    • How to ensure economies and supply chains are more resilient and sustainable
    • How to ensure progress to net-zero continues and investment in low-carbon technologies drives the economic recovery
    • Debate about the priorities for public and private finance

     

    Speakers
    • Kemi Badenoch MP
      Kemi Badenoch MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
    • Andy Wales
      Andy Wales Chief Digital Impact & Sustainability Officer, BT
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
    • Keith Anderson
      Keith Anderson Chief Executive, ScottishPower​
  • 17:00
    Nigel Topping
    Nigel Topping

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    With COP26 rescheduled for 2021, how can business support the conference, the international negotiations, and the UK’s domestic actions to support international action?

    In this session, speakers will discuss:

    • The latest plans for COP26 
    • How business can support the Government’s objectives for COP26
    • The role of international business networks and supply chains

     

    Speakers
    • Nigel Topping
      Nigel Topping High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, UK Government
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief UK Policy Director, CBI
    • AI Cook
      AI Cook Executive Vice President Global Strategy and Business Development, Equinor UK Ltd

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Access to full programme
Access to policy reports and survey results
Exclusive access to CBI, speaker and partner insight, intelligence, and thought leadership
Entry to all virtual networking and exhibition rooms
Access to selected sessions across 2 days (daily at 10:00, 14:00, 17:00)

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Live and pre-recorded sessions will become available at the times specified in the programme. You will receive joining instructions the week prior to the event.

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