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

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference sessions

Highlights include:

Conference Programme

  • 10:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In conversation 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 following the coronavirus pandemic
    • What COP26 means for raising ambition on climate action
    • How the UK can make progress towards the net-zero emissions target.

     

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
  • 11:00
    Sharon Thorne
    Sharon Thorne

    Interview pairs

    On-demand content

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

    As businesses respond to the twin challenges of climate change and the pandemic, how can corporate action help deliver a step-change in low-carbon investment and building resilience to future threats?

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Sharon Thorne
      Sharon Thorne Global Board Chair, Deloitte
    • Sir Adrian Montague
      Sir Adrian Montague Chairman, TheCityUK Leadership Council
  • 14:00
    Kemi Badenoch MP
    Kemi Badenoch MP

    Panel discussion | Priorities for a green recovery

    Live session

    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.

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Kemi Badenoch MP
      Kemi Badenoch MP Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury
    • Ian Simm
      Ian Simm CEO, Impax Asset Management
    • Chris Stark
      Chris Stark Chief Executive, Committee on Climate Change
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 15:00
    The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
    The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP

    Panel discussion | Building a net-zero industry

    On-demand content

    Tackling industrial emissions remains one of the main challenges to reaching net-zero emissions. As we rebuild our industrial and manufacturing capabilities, we need to understand how we can make use of low-carbon technologies to accelerate the transition, create new sustainable jobs, and establish the UK as a leader in sustainable industry.

    Speakers
    • The Rt Hon Kwasi Kwarteng MP
      The Rt Hon 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
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In conversation 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 following the coronavirus pandemic
    • What COP26 means for raising ambition on climate action
    • How the UK can make progress towards the net-zero emissions target.

     

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE DL President, CBI
  • 10:00
    Rain Newton-Smith
    Rain Newton-Smith

    In conversation 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.

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 11:00
    Jonathan Brearley
    Jonathan Brearley

    Interview pairs

    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. We will also discuss how the changes to travel and retail, resulting from the coronavirus, will impact on reducing emissions in these key sectors.

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Jonathan Brearley
      Jonathan Brearley Chief Executive, Ofgem
    • Chris O’Shea
      Chris O’Shea Chief Executive, Centrica
  • 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?

    This year our cities have been transformed with roads emptied as businesses closed and people worked from their homes. For some, it has created a glimpse of a greener future, but to make this happen, we need to make radical upgrades as we transition to low-carbon transport, better energy efficiency, and new low-carbon heating in our buildings.

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Shirley Rodrigues
      Shirley Rodrigues Deputy Mayor, Environment & Energy, GLA
    • Polly Billington
      Polly Billington Director, UK100 Cities Network
    • Tom Thackray
      Tom Thackray Director of Infrastructure, CBI
  • 15:00
    Jessica Fries
    Jessica Fries

    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. Hear from some of the businesses that are already leading the way, alongside a discussion about the CBI’s new partnership on the Goal 13 platform.

    Further speakers will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Jessica Fries
      Jessica Fries Executive Chairman, Accounting for Sustainability (A4S)
    • Penny Endersby
      Penny Endersby CEO, Met Office
    • Julie Baddeley
      Julie Baddeley Chair, Chapter Zero
    • Henrietta Jowitt
      Henrietta Jowitt Deputy Director-General, Commercial
  • 17:00
    Nigel Topping
    Nigel Topping

    In conversation with Nigel Topping

    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?

    The UK Government’s COP26 Champion Nigel Topping will share insights on the latest plans for the conference, and how business can help make it a success.

    Speakers
    • Nigel Topping
      Nigel Topping High Level Climate Action Champion, COP26, UK Government
    • Matthew Fell
      Matthew Fell Chief UK Policy Director, CBI

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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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