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

  • 09:00
    Tony Danker
    Tony Danker

    CBI Director-General's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 09:10
    Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
    Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP

    COP26 President's keynote address

    Speakers
    • Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP
      Rt Hon Alok Sharma MP COP26 President Designate
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 09:15
    Charlotte Hogg
    Charlotte Hogg

    Panel discussion: Reflections on the G7

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Charlotte Hogg
      Charlotte Hogg Chief Executive Officer, VISA
    • Ian Howells
      Ian Howells Senior Vice President, Honda Motor Europe
    • Alexandra Palt
      Alexandra Palt Chief Corporate Responsibility Officer, L’Oréal; Executive Vice President, Fondation L’Oréal
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
  • 10:00
    Kelly Becker
    Kelly Becker

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    In Discussion with Kelly Becker, President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric and Harry Bowcott, Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

    Tony Danker, Director-General, CBI (Chair)

    Speakers
    • Kelly Becker
      Kelly Becker Zone President UK & Ireland, Schneider Electric
    • Harry Bowcott
      Harry Bowcott Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company
    • Tony Danker
      Tony Danker Director-General, CBI
  • 11:00
    Richard Katz
    Richard Katz

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

    On-demand content

    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?

     

    Speakers
    • Richard Katz
      Richard Katz Chief Executive and Founding Director, Glass Futures
    • Paro Konar
      Paro Konar Director, Industrial Energy, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    • Mike Lockett
      Mike Lockett UK Country Chairman, Uniper
    • Rachel Pallett
      Rachel Pallett Director, Steam Business Development, Spirax Sarco
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 12:00
    Martin Freer
    Martin Freer

    Fringe session: How do we tackle the UK’s low carbon heating challenge?​

    Live session

    This lunchtime session, sponsored by the University of Birmingham, will explore the decarbonisation of heat and the delivery of decarbonisation at local and regional levels.

    Speakers
    • Martin Freer
      Martin Freer Director, Birmingham Energy Institute, University of Birmingham
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Charlotte Large
      Charlotte Large Strategy, Policy & Innovation Director, Engie
    • Michael Lewis
      Michael Lewis CEO, E.ON UK
    • Daniel Newport
      Daniel Newport Deputy Director, Head of Heat and Buildings Strategy, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • 14:00
    Toddington Harper
    Toddington Harper

    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.

    Speakers
    • Toddington Harper
      Toddington Harper CEO, Gridserve
    • Professor Cameron Hepburn
      Professor Cameron Hepburn Director, Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment, University of Oxford
    • Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer
      Professor Mercedes Maroto-Valer Champion, Industrial Decarbonisation Research and Innovation Centre (IDRIC)
    • Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP
      Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
    • Emma Pinchbeck
      Emma Pinchbeck Chief Executive, Energy UK
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 15:00
    Richard Bruce
    Richard Bruce

    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.

     

    Speakers
    • Richard Bruce
      Richard Bruce Director of Environment and Future Mobility, Department for Transport
    • Peter Mather
      Peter Mather Senior Vice President, Europe, and Head of Country, UK, bp plc
    • Adam Morton
      Adam Morton Head of Environmental Technology, Rolls Royce and Chair, Sustainable Aviation
    • Isobel Sheldon OBE
      Isobel Sheldon OBE Chief Strategy Officer, Britishvolt
    • Jon Tivey
      Jon Tivey Head of Environment for First Bus, First Group
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 16:20
    Richard Curtis
    Richard Curtis

    Keynote address

    On-demand content

    Speakers
    • Richard Curtis
      Richard Curtis Co-Founder, Make My Money Matter
  • 16:30
    Will Gardiner
    Will Gardiner

    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.

     

    Speakers
    • Will Gardiner
      Will Gardiner Chief Executive Officer, Drax Group
    • Ingrid Holmes
      Ingrid Holmes Executive Director, Green Finance Institute
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
    • Tony Prestedge  ​
      Tony Prestedge ​ Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Santander UK Group Holdings and Santander UK
    • Ian Simm
      Ian Simm Founder & Chief Executive, Impax Asset Management
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 08:45
    Alasdair Ambroziak
    Alasdair Ambroziak

    Fringe session: Using digital technology to drive clean growth

    On-demand content

    The Heart of the South West LEP will use this opportunity to promote the credentials of this dynamic business-led partnership between the private sector, local authorities, universities and colleges by focusing on cutting edge digital transformation projects that are helping the transition to net-zero. Using this as the kick off of their Clean Growth campaign they will look to showcase the significant part the HotSW plays in contributing to the UK’s clean growth ambitions.

    The panel discussion will focus on three themes:

    • Environmental Intelligence
    • Ocean Futures
    • Natural Capital

     

    Speakers
    • Alasdair Ambroziak
      Alasdair Ambroziak Civil Account Director, Thales
    • Matt Crabtree FICE BEng
      Matt Crabtree FICE BEng Director of Engineering, South West Water
    • Lisa Roberts
      Lisa Roberts Vice Chancellor, University of Exeter
    • Karl Tucker
      Karl Tucker Managing Director, Yeo Valley Properties Ltd and Chair, Heart of the SW LEP
    • Tania Kumar
      Tania Kumar Head of Energy and Climate Change, CBI
  • 09:45
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's keynote address

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 09:55
    Andrew Griffith MP
    Andrew Griffith MP

    Keynote address

    Speakers
    • Andrew Griffith MP
      Andrew Griffith MP UK Net Zero Business Champion, Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  • 10:00
    Andy Dewis
    Andy Dewis

    Panel discussion: Businesses taking action on net-zero

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • How to change the dial on corporate climate action – this is the year to deliver on issues like pensions, corporate reporting and investment priorities
    • Building support for the Race to Zero campaign, and hearing the latest about the CBI’s partnership on the Goal 13 Impact Platform.

     

    Speakers
    • Andy Dewis
      Andy Dewis Energy & Sustainability Services Vice President, EMEA, Schneider Electric
    • Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE
      Katherine Garrett-Cox CBE Chief Executive Officer, Gulf International Bank (UK) Ltd
    • Sophie Lambin
      Sophie Lambin Founder and CEO, Kite Insights
    • Virginia Simmons
      Virginia Simmons Managing Partner, UK and Ireland, McKinsey & Company
    • Tom Thackray
      Tom Thackray Director of Infrastructure, CBI
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 11:00
    Gillian Keegan MP
    Gillian Keegan MP

    Panel discussion: Creating the green jobs needed for net-zero​

    On-demand content 

    This discussion will address:

    • The skills needed to achieve net-zero​
    • The UK Green Jobs Taskforce and the CBI’s recent policy priorities
    • Delivering a Just Transition for jobs and communities impacted by the transition away from fossil fuels.

     

    Speakers
    • Gillian Keegan MP
      Gillian Keegan MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills
    • Jon Lord
      Jon Lord Group Chief Executive Officer, Bolton at Home
    • Anna Markova
      Anna Markova Policy officer, Industry and Climate, Trades Union Congress
    • Matthew Percival
      Matthew Percival Director, People and Skills, CBI
    • Vonjy Rajakoba
      Vonjy Rajakoba Managing Director, Bosch UK
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 14:00
    Seema Arora
    Seema Arora

    Panel discussion: G7 to COP26 – understanding the impact of the UK's climate leadership on the world stage

    Live session

    This discussion will address:

    • Understanding G7 outcomes and what these mean for COP26
    • How the UK can lead the global climate agenda​
    • Continuing the UK/EU partnership on climate action.

     

    Speakers
    • Seema Arora
      Seema Arora Deputy Director General, Confederation of Indian Industry
    • Jonathan Black
      Jonathan Black G7 Sherpa, Cabinet Office
    • Jared Blumenfeld
      Jared Blumenfeld Secretary for Environmental Protection, California Environmental Protection Agency
    • Laurence Tubiana
      Laurence Tubiana CEO, European Climate Foundation
    • Grete Tveit
      Grete Tveit Senior Vice President, Marketing, Midstream and Processing - Low Carbon Solutions (MMP LCS), Equinor ASA
    • Mary-Ann Ochota
      Mary-Ann Ochota Host
  • 15:00
    Carolyn Ball
    Carolyn Ball

    Breakout session 1: How to set and deliver a net-zero target

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Carolyn Ball
      Carolyn Ball Director for Delivery of Net Zero, Compass Group UK & Ireland
    • Jamie Mitchell
      Jamie Mitchell Chairman, Gaucho
    • Viv Raval
      Viv Raval COP 26 Project Manager , CBI
    • David Riley
      David Riley Head of Carbon Neutrality, Anglian Water
  • 15:00
    Kath Chapman
    Kath Chapman

    Breakout session 2: From zero to net-zero - models that work​

    Live session

    This session will involve a facilitated discussion with participants that will cover the following:​

    • ​The Net Zero Strategy Equation – a simple way to think about what needs to be done​
    • How sustainability managers think about objectives and targets​
    • Drivers and barriers experienced by change makers​
    • What organisations need to consider in their transformation process​
    • Case study and critical success factors​

     

    Speakers
    • Kath Chapman
      Kath Chapman Managing Director, Ameresco
    • Chloe Dyson-Bird
      Chloe Dyson-Bird Carbon Consultancy Manager, Ameresco
    • Karthik Suresh
      Karthik Suresh Director (Consulting), Ameresco
    • Conor Wall
      Conor Wall Global Head of Sustainability, IPL Plastics
  • 15:00
    Ebru Ilhan
    Ebru Ilhan

    Breakout session 3: Net-zero leaders - how to engage your workforce on net-zero

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Ebru Ilhan
      Ebru Ilhan Director, Kite Insights
    • Sophie Lambin
      Sophie Lambin Founder and CEO, Kite Insights
  • 17:00
    Annie Lennox
    Annie Lennox

    Keynote address

    On-demand content

    Speakers
    • Annie Lennox
      Annie Lennox Chancellor of Glasgow Caledonian University; Singer Songwriter and Social Activist
  • 17:15
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
    Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL

    CBI President's closing remarks

    Live session

    Speakers
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI

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