“Unlocking the nature/net zero balance” – exploring the twin challenge of tackling climate change while preserving and enhancing our natural environment

Nature is behind every drop of water that we consume, keeping us healthy and fed, powering industry and the economy. Our aquifers, lakes and wetlands provide us with water storage; our rivers and streams convey water along vibrant wildlife corridors; while our coastal saltmarshes serve as both a natural barrier against storms and as a sink for carbon.

In 2020, water companies in the UK spear-headed the industry’s low-carbon journey with the publication of the Net Zero 2030 Routemap – the world’s first detailed sector-wide plan to reach net zero by 2030. At the heart of the Routemap is a desire to move away from traditional concrete and steel solutions to a variety of nature-based solutions that bring wider co-benefits beyond net zero.

In this event, we will bring together representatives from the business and environmental communities to explore the opportunities and co-benefits of developing nature-based solutions in support of a Blue Recovery, and the key barriers to success. We will also offer insights around the challenge and opportunity of delivering net zero alongside nature recovery, providing attendees with leading examples from around the UK and exploring the role of regulatory frameworks and green finance in supporting the roll out and scaling up of nature-based programmes.

Hosted by: Christine McGourty, CEO, Water UK
Keynote: Tony Juniper, Chair, Natural England
Panellists: Douglas Millican, CEO, Scottish Water
Darren Moorcroft, CEO, Woodland Trust
Ronan Palmer, Associate Director – Clean Economy, E3G
James Robinson, Director of Conservation, Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust (WWT)
Becky Speight, CEO, RSPB