• NetZeroWeek

2024 Agenda.
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Biggest net zero conference for a brighter tomorrow.

  • 09:00 - 09:50 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Net Zero Solutions: Integrating Circular Economy and Building Decarbonisation for Inclusive Transition

Achieving the UK’s net zero obligations requires a comprehensive and inclusive approach. This roundtable discussion will bring together industry leaders to discuss key strategies for decarbonisation. Chris Smith, Lead Consultant for Resource Efficiency and Circularity at Beyondly, will emphasize the importance of a circular economy in tackling emissions from material consumption, alongside energy efficiency. Lora Brill, Head of Sustainability for Buildings UK at Ramboll, will explore methods to decarbonise existing and new buildings, focusing on reducing operational and embodied carbon through digital innovation, design approach and partnerships. Mike Foster, Chief Executive of the Energy and Utilities Alliance, will highlight the need for inclusive decarbonisation in business and industry, with a focus on the roles of gas networks and industrial clusters.

  • 10:15 - 10:45 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Fireside chat with Mike Nugent, Hitachi ZeroCarbon

Join us for an exclusive live fireside chat with Mike Nugent, Chief Revenue Officer at Hitachi ZeroCarbon, an innovator and change agent in digital, asset management, and energy sectors. With nearly 30 years of experience in digital and business strategy, Mike is dedicated to leveraging innovation and technology to address environmental challenges. As Chief Revenue Officer of Hitachi ZeroCarbon, Mike leads efforts to transform the mobility and energy ecosystem through pioneering business models that facilitate zero carbon solutions. Hitachi ZeroCarbon specialises in fleet decarbonisation, empowering organizations to transition their fleets to electric vehicles (EVs) and optimise commercial and public transportation. During this insightful interview, Mike will tackle the key questions surrounding fleet management and EV transition. Join us for a thought-provoking discussion on the future of mobility and sustainable transportation solutions.

  • 11:00 - 11:30 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Fireside chat with Sam Hall, Conservative Environment Network

Join us for an engaging live fireside chat with Sam Hall, Director of the Conservative Environment Network (CEN), a leading voice for conservatives advocating for net zero, nature restoration, and resource security in the UK and globally. With extensive experience in environmental policy, Sam brings a unique perspective to the conversation. As a former Policy Adviser to Michael Gove during his tenure as Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Sam offers insights into how conservative principles can inform approaches to achieving net zero. During the interview, Sam will address key questions shaping the conservative approach to climate action.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 BST
  • Beyondly
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Decarbonising your business and beyond: How to excel in meeting supplier sustainability expectations

Are you receiving endless requests from customers and suppliers to fill out sustainability questionnaires and don’t know where to start? The climate crisis has led to the establishment of various initiatives to assess and improve companies’ environmental performance. Pressure on business comes from investors, government, customers, employees and the general public. You are likely as a business to have experienced increasing demand to meet certain requirements or participate in initiatives such as EcoVadis and the Carbon Disclosure Project, in order to continue working with them. There has been a 134% increase in EcoVadis assessments since 2018, and a 233% increase in reporting via the CDP in 2022 since 2015. Research suggests 91% of companies take sustainability ratings into consideration when making purchasing decisions. In this webinar we will explore how businesses can produce a holistic ESG strategy, understand the key sustainability areas to address, and how to maximise your scores within assessments like these. This will not only provide the benefits of making completing these assessments more hassle free, but also help your business decarbonise and beyond.

  • 11:30 - 12:30 BST
  • Toco
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | How one of humanity’s oldest technologies is the key to solving climate change

In this webinar, we explore how introducing a new monetary system is pivotal in solving the climate crisis. Historically we used gold to back our money. This turned gold into our most precious commodity. Imagine if we could do the same for carbon dioxide removals. By reimagining our financial system we can decarbonise the global economy.

  • 12:00 - 12:30 BST
  • Energy Institute
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Net Zero: Equipping the Workforce

Attracting, developing and equipping the diverse future workforce to support the much-needed energy transition is one of the Energy Institute’s key objectives. The ‘Net Zero for Professionals’ training course was developed with that objective in mind. It allows participants to develop a solid understanding of the concept of net zero and also covers arrange of practical elements ranging from calculating a carbon footprint and setting carbon reduction targets to implementation aspects. This webinar will outline the skills required for professionals responsible for driving their organisations and/or clients towards meeting their Net Zero objectives. It will also look into the opportunities and challenges on the road to Net Zero for two international organisations.

  • 12:00 - 13:00 BST
  • University of Stirling
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Supporting businesses develop carbon reduction plans to support global ambitions for net zero

Solutions to decarbonising your business are in reach. This event is designed for small and medium-sized businesses that are starting their net zero journey. Free business learning and support is kindly funded by UK Shared Prosperity Fund, leveraged through Stirling Council. Post event, Scopes 1, 2 and 3 will be demystified. You will have the right tools, at your fingertips, and the know-how to do your net zero planning. Organisations based in Stirlingshire will get access for dedicated one-to-one support to develop a bespoke carbon reduction plan, using your organisation’s primary data.

  • 09:00 - 09:50 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Shaping the Future of Carbon Capture: UK and Europe's Path to Industrial Decarbonisation

Join us for an insightful webinar featuring Ruth Herbert, CEO of the Carbon Capture and Storage Association, and Chris Thackeray, Global CCUS Lead at Baringa, and Peter Lazell, Senior Business Development Manager at Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, as we delve into the current status and future prospects of Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage in the UK and internationally. Explore the strategic, economic, and political dimensions of CCUS and gain valuable insights into how we can drive forward industrial decarbonisation on both national and continental scales. This webinar is a must-attend for policymakers, industry leaders, and anyone interested in the future of sustainable industry practices.

  • 10:00 - 10:50 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Advancing Offshore Wind Energy

Join us for an informative panel discussion featuring Raya Peterson, Lydia Malley, and Steve Jermy as they explore the future of offshore wind energy. Raya Peterson will discuss how the CfD model has enabled offshore wind to play a starring role in Britain’s progress in decarbonising its electricity mix but with the recent CfD auction round having received zero bids, Raya considers – what is in store for AR6? Lydia Malley, Head of EI Academy at the Energy Institute, will highlight the critical need to expand the offshore wind workforce by 1 million workers within the next decade and outline strategies for comprehensive education and training. Steve Jermy, CEO of Celtic Sea Power, will delve into the potential of FLOW technology in Britain’s Celtic Sea, focusing on economic and job creation opportunities, and its contribution to Britain’s net zero and energy security goals. This webinar is essential for anyone interested in the future of renewable energy.

  • 11:00 - 11:30 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Fireside chat with Dr Emma Wilcox and Damien Lee

Join us for an engaging fireside chat with two distinguished leaders in the field of green skills, the green economy and professional development. Damien Lee, Director of Engineering and Green, at Manpower, and Dr. Emma Wilcox, Chief Executive of the Society for the Environment, discuss the key issues facing the development of green economies in the net zero transition and the challenges of building sustainable infrastructure. Damien will explore the primary obstacles impacting the growth of green economies, significant barriers to developing a robust infrastructure, and initiatives to bridge the skills gap for workers transitioning into green jobs. Dr. Wilcox will emphasize the importance of systems thinking and collaborative working for sustainability, the role of competence and professional registration in maintaining high standards in the green sector, and strategies for small businesses to navigate unique challenges.

  • 12:00 - 12:30 BST
  • Society of Operations Engineers
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Will renewable energy reduce carbon dioxide emissions?

Join Ian Jackson CEng FSOE FIPlantE, IPlantE Sector Chair, Society of Operations Engineers as he guides you through ways we can reduce CO2 emissions into the atmosphere and the importance of ethical behaviour and decision making as you prepare for Net Zero.

  • 13:00 - 14:00 BST
  • Low Carbon Contracts Company
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | CfD: ‘Where are we now, where might we go?

The presentation will focus on the current CfD portfolio, the technologies it includes and some of the challenges faced by the industry, along with a focus on what’s next in the CfD space and what is still to come.

  • 13:00 - 14:30 BST
  • Net Zero North East England
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | The potential of Geothermal in the UK: learnings from the North East

According to the Coal Authority, one quarter of the UK’s homes and businesses are sited on former coalfields. Since the cessation of mining much of the underground network of old mine workings has become filled with water which has been warmed by natural geothermal processes. The Coal Authority estimates that there is sufficient energy in this water to heat all of the homes on the coalfields. The exploitation of this resource – mine energy – would make a significant contribution to solving one of the most pressing low carbon challenges facing the country, namely the decarbonisation of heat. Additionally, in France, Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, which have similar geology to the UK, deep geothermal energy has been shown to offer environmental, economic, and technical advantages, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, economic impetus, and job generation. With substantial carbon savings estimated, alongside significant co-benefits, the potential of this sector is hugely important in our energy transition. The North East of England has pioneered many of these projects, but the sector still has significant potential to grow and develop. Join our panel of experts as they explore the untapped potential of geothermal energy and minewater heat in the UK, with a focus on groundbreaking projects and research from the North East.

  • 14:00 - 15:00 BST
  • Carbon Capture and Storage Association
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Accelerating a Europe-wide market for CO2

Europe needs an integrated approach to connect the entire CO2 value chain through pipelines and ships, enabling the delivery of captured CO2 to different storage sites Europe-wide. CO2 cross-border transport is essential in lowering costs and offering timely solutions to industry access to storage sites across the EU, EEA and third-party countries such as the UK. Join this panel discussion to engage with industry experts assessing the benefits of integrating a CO2 Europe-wide market.

  • 14:00 - 15:00 BST
  • The Open University
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Driving change: Imagining a different transport future

This panel session will invite discussion by OU researchers as well as industry practitioners to envision how emerging technologies may provide the foundation for more sustainable and inclusive transport futures. We may not be able to forecast the future but through imagination and anticipation we will identify plausible, desirable futures and reflect on strategies to drive transformative change. If someone from 100 years ago were to travel, Tardis-like, to the present time they would broadly recognise our transport systems – cars, trains, trams, metros, tubes and buses were all around then and (albeit technically a bit different) are the mainstay of transport today. This may not be the case 20 years from now -smart city technologies, driverless vehicles, demand-responsive and shared transport and urban robots are just some of the rapidly developing technologies with potential to transform how we think about transport. Our present transport systems are problematic in numerous ways, consuming vast amounts of non-renewable resources, being a major source of global warming emissions, engendering unhealthy lifestyles and contributing significantly to poor air quality. However, different transport futures are being made today, and as we collectively work towards more inclusive and sustainable futures we face a fork in the road. There is a risk that new technologies will be applied to patch up a poor system or process. Product level innovation might fail to help much if applied within the old mobility regime. Alternatively, we may incorporate those advanced transport technologies into new imaginaries and ultimately into new service and system level designs to completely reinvent transport. As we embark into a collective imagination of a better future, we acknowledge that imagination must be linked to action. In this session we will jointly explore the immediate steps that we can take today and the transition technologies we need to develop to drive change towards a better transport future..

  • 15:00 - 16:00 BST
  • ManpowerGroup
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Navigating the Green Transition: A People-First Approach for a sustainable workforce

As the global transition to a greener economy evolves, sustainability goals alone are no longer enough. The demand for green skills is now paramount in driving meaningful change and fostering sustainable business practices. In this session, we explore the challenges and opportunities associated with cultivating a sustainable workforce, exploring the key drivers behind the green transition and providing practical strategies for translating existing skills into thriving careers within emerging green industries. Discussions include: • How the green transition is shaping the future of work for both employers and employees. • Solutions for businesses to thrive in a people-first green business transformation. • Emerging green roles and skills driving the green transition and solutions in upskilling and reskilling.

  • 15:00 - 16:00 BST
  • Low Carbon Contracts Company
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Evolving business models and accelerating Net Zero

LCCC presents a high-level webinar about several key business models that facilitate low-carbon energy generation. The webinar will focus on business models such as CCUS, HAR, GGRs, BECCS, their evolution, and their involvement with Net Zero. This webinar will be hosted by Megha Shah, our Head of CCUS and H2, and Adam Catchpole, our Lead Contract Manager in BECCS and ICC.

  • 15:00 - 16:30 BST
  • Nottingham University
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Energy storage is not whiskey – blends are best!

Decarbonising energy requires that we reconcile the differences between natural demand (how much electricity we would use at any given time if there were no incentives to do differently) and supply. Because much of our future primary energy supply will be drawn directly from renewables, the supply side resource will be quite variable. Several different measures are available to reconcile the two sides but of those and among these options, energy storage is very likely to play a hugely important role. This webinar focuses on “the benefits of the blend”. In theory at least, we could operate a net-zero energy system using just one type of storage but modelling is increasingly showing that blends of multiple types of storage will provide the lowest-cost systems. In this webinar we will hear about the four main ranges of discharge-duration for energy storage and the technical solutions that suit each of those four ranges best.

  • Innovate UK | Business Connect
  • On-Demand Webinar

ON-DEMAND | Navigating Net Zero: Understanding the Role of Hydrogen

Uncovering the latest innovations and case studies across the hydrogen supply chain working to accelerate the UK’s pathway to Net Zero. With hydrogen playing a crucial role in achieving Net Zero, this webinar provides valuable insights into its potential impacts, and unpacks common misconceptions and provides a forum for knowledge sharing. More importantly, the focus is on creating a ‘marketplace’ for hydrogen by connecting end users to the solution providers.

  • Hydrogen Ireland
  • On-Demand Webinar

ON-DEMAND | Paving the way for a clean hydrogen economy - Hydrogen skills the catalyst for meeting net zero.

‘Tuning In’ how do we tune in to meet industry need and scan the bandwidth for opportunity? Without a skilled and capable workforce we cannot hope to build, drive and sustain a growing hydrogen economy. Many countries have embarked on efforts to identify the skills, scale and supply of workforces required. The presenters are skills practitioners who are putting in place initiatives to develop hydrogen workforces, examples include the Hydrogen Training Alliance (HTA). In this session H2 Skills to transition European Energy – catalyst for meeting net zero by 2050 , we will outline our work in developing a competent clean energy workforce and our cohesive approach to designing, developing and deploying hydrogen skills across the entire economic sector and accelerating workforce development. The session will also examine the lessons learned and key questions and challenges that still need to be answered about hydrogen workforce development. This interactive session is to enable all stakeholders from across the hydrogen value chain to learn from the experiences of the presenters and to inform their own hydrogen skills development efforts and to communicate their needs and experiences with regard to hydrogen skills and workforce development. The insights gained from this session will also be a key input to future development work in this area and also to assist inform the wider skills EU agenda and assist partners and projects to streamline and complement their hydrogen skills and workforce development efforts.

  • 09:00 - 09:50 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Driving Towards Net Zero: Innovations in Climate Action and Retrofitting Initiatives

Join industry leaders in this dynamic roundtable discussion as they unveil groundbreaking strategies for accelerating climate action and retrofitting initiatives. Lucy Allis, from York and North Yorkshire Combined Authority, will showcase their place-based approach, highlighting the Routemap to Carbon Negative. Learn about key projects like the retrofit one-stop-shop and upcoming plans for Routemap updates in 2024. Jocelyne Fleming, representing the Chartered Institute of Building in Scotland, will reveal insights from a recent report on retrofitting social housing. Discover barriers identified through discussions with Housing Associations and the urgent need for increased funding from the Scottish Government to empower Housing Associations to lead the way. Antoine Pellet, from HACT, will introduce RetrofitCredits, an innovative initiative boosting funding for the housing sector. Learn how RetrofitCredits verifies carbon emission reductions and positive social impacts, propelling housing decarbonisation efforts toward collective Net Zero goals. Join us to explore these pioneering strategies driving us closer to a sustainable future.

  • 10:00 - 10:50 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Reimagining Urban Landscapes: From Grey Spaces to Green Places

Andrew Gladstone-Heighton (ACE) will present "Grey Spaces to Green Places," a community-led vision for greener, connected urban areas. Tim Bevan (Building with Nature) will discuss integrating green infrastructure to address ecological and climate emergencies, benefiting health, social needs, and wildlife. Robin Tucker (Coalition for Healthy Streets and Active Travel) will provide insights from Oxford's traffic revolution and its implications for future climate actions. Josh Matthews will explore a scalable sustainability roadmap for local authorities, emphasizing leveraging strengths and sharing expertise. Discover transformative approaches for creating climate-resilient communities.

  • 11:00 - 11:30 BST
  • Chair, Andy Walker
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

KEYNOTE | Fireside chat with Johan Pretorius, Founder of Toco

Join us for an illuminating live fireside chat with Johan Pretorius, Founder of Toco currency, a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to addressing humanity's most pressing issue: climate change. With a background in chemical engineering and a track record of founding successful digital ventures, Johan is now focused on revolutionising the fight against climate change through Toco digital currency and the Carbon Reserve. We will explore how Toco aims to surpass current Net Zero goals and offsets, ensuring a "better money for a better world" amidst climate change challenges. Discover how Toco plans to address credibility issues in the voluntary carbon market, navigate government acceptance, and handle potential widespread adoption, all while effectively decarbonising transactions to meet IPCC requirements.

  • 12:00 - 13:00 BST
  • Building with Nature (Sintali)
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Building with Nature – high quality green infrastructure for people and nature

New placemaking provides the potential to put nature at the heart of development in a way that’s good for people and wildlife. In doing so, it offers solutions to the climate, ecological and health challenges and highlights the role the built environment can play in tackling them. Join Tim Bevan as he introduces the Building with Nature Standards Framework, the UK’s first green infrastructure benchmark for the built-environment. Explore why prioritising high-quality GI is integral to successful placemaking and discover how the Standards champion best practice.

  • 13:00 - 14:15 BST
  • Heating and Hotwater Industry Council
  • Live, Online + Delegate Q&A

INSIDER | Decarbonising our homes: how?

Government has ambitious targets to decarbonise our homes by 2050 – but how will they be achieved? Do we have the consumer buy-in to retrofit 22 million domestic buildings? Do we have the necessary supply chain and critically, an installer base ready to retrain and upskill to fit our low carbon technologies? This session brings together experts from across the heating industry to discuss the policy levers and regulatory frameworks required to deliver on government targets. This will include looking at consumer habits, including the manufacturer to appliance installation journey; the costs of low carbon technologies; and the servicing and certification schemes required to boost consumer confidence in net zero products.

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