With international focus on the UK's climate leadership this year, join senior business leaders to explore how organisations can help drive the net-zero transition, and understand the latest plans from government to deliver a green recovery from the pandemic.

We will also look ahead to the UK’s hosting of COP26 and ask how businesses can get their own net-zero and sustainability plans in place during this important year for climate action.

Why Attend

  • Item 1

    Explore how the UK can lead the global climate agenda in partnership with business

  • Item 2

    Access practical guidance on how to shape and finance your business' net-zero strategy

  • Item 3

    Discover what skills and leadership will be needed for business to drive the transition

Our Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:

Conference Programme

  • 10:00
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Director-General's keynote address

    Live session

    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI
  • 10:15
    Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
    Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

    COP26 President's keynote

    • Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
      Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP COP26 President Designate
  • 11:00
    Mike Lockett
    Mike Lockett

    Interview pairs: Making the UK a hub for low-carbon industry

    Each pair will discuss:​

    • ​Driving progress in UK energy and industrial decarbonisation
    • Reflections on the new Industrial Decarbonisation Strategy and how this vision can be realised
    • Opportunities for UK technology leadership and exports - can the UK secure investment in carbon capture and hydrogen technologies in order to reach net-zero, and what are the export opportunities on offer for business?


    • Mike Lockett
      Mike Lockett UK Country Chairman, Uniper
  • 14:00
    Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
    Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP

    Panel discussion: Shaping the UK's net-zero strategy​

    Live session

    With the UK set to deliver a Net-Zero Strategy in the autumn, this session will discuss what it should include. What business and societal behavioral changes need to be delivered in this decade and beyond to achieve net-zero? We will also consider lessons from the pandemic and explore if a green recovery is going to be realised.

    • Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
      Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    • Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer
      Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer Champion, Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)
  • 15:00
    Isobel Sheldon OBE
    Isobel Sheldon OBE

    Panel discussion: Clean transport – a decade of innovation​

    On-demand content 

    This session will address:

    • How do we turn the 2020s into a decade of clean transport innovation​?
    • Hitting the 2030 target for ending the sale of combustion car and vans, and decarbonising aviation, freight and public transport.


    • Isobel Sheldon OBE
      Isobel Sheldon OBE Chief Strategy Officer, Britishvolt
  • 17:00
    Rain Newton-Smith
    Rain Newton-Smith

    Panel discussion: Paying for net-zero – how do we do it?

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • Incorporating climate risks into business plans and financing the transition to a low-carbon economy
    • Sector priorities for green finance and how all businesses can access the financial support they need to decarbonise, from multinationals to SMEs.


    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI



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