Accelerating the transition

The net-zero transition represents the greatest environmental, social and economic opportunity of our time. From setting bold targets and driving engagement through to the rollout of onsite tech and collection of meaningful data – our Net-Zero Stage is THE place for sustainability and energy practitioners to decarbonise business at scale and at pace.

DAY 1 - 1 March 2023

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment & networking break

Break
11:00 am - 11:05 am

Chair’s opening remarks & audience polling

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions

Speaker

  • Laura Sandys

    Laura Sandys
    Non-Executive Director - SGN, Highview Power & Energy System Catapult

11:05 am - 11:20 am

KEYNOTE: Delivering net-zero in a time of crisis

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions

Talking points:

  • The UK’s “unlawful” net-zero strategy: A progress update
  • Why net-zero is the solution, not the cause, of the energy crisis
  • Policy priorities for 2023

Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System Catapult

Speaker

11:20 am - 11:35 am

KEYNOTE: What is net-zero? Towards a common definition for industry

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions

Talking points:

  • Carbon neutral, carbon negative, carbon positive and net-zero – what are we aiming for?
  • What makes a credible, ambitious decarbonisation commitment?
  • Key considerations when setting out your net-zero strategy

Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System Catapult

Speaker

  • Emma Watson

    Emma Watson
    Senior Manager for Net-Zero - Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi)

11:35 am - 12:30 pm

The Net-Zero Debate: Your decarbonisation questions, answered

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Policy, frameworks and definitions

Talking points:  

  • What will it take to tackle the energy crisis?
  • What is the role of oil & gas in reaching net-zero?
  • Preparing for mandatory net-zero transition plans
  • Why a unified voice around net-zero is more critical than ever

Chaired by Laura Sandys, Non-Executive Director, SGN, Highview Power & Energy System Catapult

Speakers

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Break
1:30 pm - 2:20 pm

PANEL: Transition plans: Getting on the right path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Strategising, embedding & transition planning

Talking points:  

  • What makes a winning net-zero strategy, from target-setting to implementation
  • Striking the balance between short-term business goals versus long term net-zero aspirations
  • Using energy data and emissions calculations to underpin your net-zero transition planning

Chaired by Sarah George, Senior Reporter, edie

Speakers

2:20 pm - 3:00 pm

QUICKFIRE CASE STUDIES: Each phase of your net-zero journey, covered

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Strategising, embedding & transition planning

Hear from speakers at 3 different stages of their net-zero transitions.

Talking points: 

  • Starting points: Formulating a plan and building out your net-zero strategy
  • Once the target is set: immediate priorities and planned milestones
  • Driving engagement across the business and with investors to ensure continual progress

Chaired by Sarah George, Senior Reporter, edie

Speakers

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment & networking break

Break
3:30 pm - 4:45 pm

PANEL: The big carbon offsetting debate: where do we go from here?

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Carbon offsetting

With thousands of companies now having established net-zero targets, the role of carbon offsets in reaching decarbonisation goals is firmly in the spotlight. When (if at all) should offsetting be considered? What practices and standards can be utilised to determine high-quality, credible offsetting methods? And is the whole concept of carbon offsetting just another form of greenwashing?

Held under Chatham House Rules*, this audience-steered session will get to the heart of the offsetting debate, giving you the opportunity to put the difficult questions to our experts and take part in live voting and polling throughout.

*Chatham House Rules apply for this panel discussion. Under these rules, participants are free to use the information from the discussion, but neither the identity, nor the affiliation of the speakers, nor that of any other participant, may be revealed outside of the session.

Talking points:

  • What role (if any) does carbon offsetting play in the net-zero transition?
  • What does “good” carbon offsetting actually look like?
  • Where do offsetting and carbon credits sit against Science-Based Targets?

Chaired by James Elliott, Senior Policy Advisor, Green Alliance

Speakers

  • Doug Parr

    Doug Parr
    Chief Scientist and Policy Director - Greenpeace UK

  • Dr Steve Smith

    Dr Steve Smith
    Executive Director - Oxford Net Zero

  • Mateja Penava

    Mateja Penava
    Climate Strategy Consultancy Manager, Europe - 3Degrees

  • Nadia Kaddouri

    Nadia Kaddouri
    Chief Strategy & Sustainability Officer - Swissport International

Day 2 - 2 March 2023

9:00 am - 9:05 am

Chair’s opening remarks & audience polling

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change

Speaker

9:05 am - 9:20 am

CASE STUDY: What a winning internal communications & behaviour change strategy looks like

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change

Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, Hubbub

Speaker

  • Anne Coleman

    Anne Coleman
    Senior Net Zero Engagement Lead - NHS England

9:20 am - 9:45 am

FIRESIDE CHAT: Engaging employees on the path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change

Talking points:

  • What makes a great staff engagement campaign
  • Communicating urgency without doom
  • Tools and techniques to change behaviours and measure success

Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, Hubbub

Speakers

  • Rosana Elias

    Rosana Elias
    Head of Sustainability - Whitbread

  • Una Kent

    Una Kent
    VP, ESG and DE&I International - WBA International

9:45 am - 10:00 am

CASE STUDY: What a winning external communications & behaviour change strategy looks like

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change

Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, Hubbub

Speaker

  • Wayne Bexton

    Wayne Bexton
    Director of Carbon Reduction, Energy and Sustainability - Nottingham City Council

10:00 am - 10:30 am

FIRESIDE CHAT: Engaging the public on the path to net-zero

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Communication, engagement & behaviour change

Talking points:

  • What’s the problem with public engagement?
  • The key ingredients for an effective public awareness and consumer engagement campaign
  • Taking a collaborative approach to engagement and behaviour change

Chaired by Alex Robinson, CEO, Hubbub

Speaker

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Refreshment & networking break

Break
11:00 am - 11:30 am

BRIEFING AND Q&A: Calculating and cutting your Scope 3 emissions

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Scope 3, data & supply chain collaboration

Talking points:  

  • Collecting and managing your Scope 3 emissions data: The do’s and don’ts
  • Supplier hubs and forums: Examples of effective supplier engagement to reduce Scope 3 emissions
  • The Scope 3 tools and frameworks you need to know about

Chaired by Matt Mace, Content Editor, edie

Speaker

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

VALUE CHAIN PANEL: Making supply chain decarbonisation happen

2. NET-ZERO STAGE Scope 3, data & supply chain collaboration

Talking points:  

  • Understanding exactly where your emissions sit across the value chain
  • Engaging with “disengaged” suppliers to achieve decarbonisation goals
  • Steps to achieving a more transparent and resilient supply chain

Chaired by Matt Mace, Content Editor, edie

Speakers

  • Jason Danciger

    Jason Danciger
    Managing Director UK, Ireland - Hana Group

  • Rik Arends

    Rik Arends
    Director - Sustainable Freight Buyers Alliance

  • Wei Chen

    Wei Chen
    Vice President of Supply Chain - Estee Lauder Cosmetics UK&I

  • Sandrine Ricard

    Sandrine Ricard
    Deputy Director for Sustainability and Responsibility - Pernod Ricard

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch break

Break
3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Refreshment & networking break

Break