12.10.2021

​S​tartups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

11.10.2021

Startups, Youth Empowerment and Climate Change: ESG in the International Agenda

This event will explore the role of startups, innovation, and disruptive technologies in the context of climate change, serving as a call to governments and the private sector to bring attention to the key role of youth as drivers of sustainable development, as summarized in the ESG agenda.

The session will promote the connection between young entrepreneurs and international leaders from different parts of the Global South, showing that commitment must come from both high-level agents and grassroots movements. It will do so as a mix between pitches, putting a Brazilian startup and an African startup side-by-side to showcase their ideas and solutions, and a panel discussion, with government, private sector and civil society leaders assessing these startups’ approaches towards climate change.

This way, we aim to bring visibility to the potential of South- South Cooperation as a tool for knowledge exchange among less developed countries, and highlight the alignment of governments and private sector with the objectives of Sustainable Development (ODS).

By giving startups a privileged space in the international agenda, authorities will sense the importance of directing policies and investment towards youth empowerment, catalysing innovative solutions for climate change in the long-run.

11.10.2021

Translink’s Transformative Journey to Decarbonise Public Transport in Northern Ireland

Translink is leading the transport transformation in Northern Ireland, aiming to operate a net zero emissions fleet by 2040 and creating advanced services and networks to be your first choice for travel today, for tomorrow.

This event will give an account of Translink’s actions to revolutionise and decarbonise NI’s public transport system, transitioning to renewable energy technologies and accelerating net zero emissions across their bus and train fleet and wider business by 2040.

Showcasing a compelling innovative case study and panel discussion on the ground-breaking work to deliver the first hydrogen double decker fleet and the first hydrogen refuelling station on the island of Ireland alongside next steps with 100 new zero emission (electric / hydrogen) buses due to be in service next Spring.

Panellists will also share their views on how collaboration has ignited and fuelled ambitious energy solutions to create zero emission public transport coupled with how we need to change attitudes and behaviours towards greater utilization of greener public transport to reduce emissions and free up space in our cities and urban areas for people and active travel, creating cleaner air to breathe for a healthier place to live, work and visit.

Through partnership we can accelerate climate actions within the transport industry and make a bigger impact on our planet for generations to come.

Keynote Speaker: Chris Conway, Group Chief Executive, Translink

08.10.2021

Plant Powered to Become Climate Positive

ekaterra, Unilever’s Tea Business, will be hosting an event to discuss how the best of science and nature can inspire innovations for the planet, by utilising the power of plants. From plant-based to biodegradable material in packaging, responsible businesses have a leadership role to play to reduce waste, restore biodiversity and natural ecosystems and reduce the impact of climate change. 

Screening films to remind the world of actions towards global goals and sustainable agriculture practices, ekaterra will share its well being promise for the environment and people. 

The event will be followed by a moderated panel discussion with 4-5 participants with a possible Q&A with the audience.

30.09.2021

Advertising A Good Life in 2030

What does A Good Life in 2030 look and feel like?

SUMMARY
Join us for the premiere of A Good Life 2030, a documentary exploring the link between advertising, consumption and climate change together with new
adverts for 2030 created by top advertising agencies. Hear talks from the Co-Founders of Purpose Disruptors exploring the tensions people in advertising feel at this moment and the role they can play in creating new visions of the future. Ones that we can move towards together, today.

DOCUMENTARY: A Good Life 2030
The documentary will show how people in the advertising industry who are the architects of desire can create desire for something different, a new ‘Good Life’.

See how new research by the Insight Climate Collective reveals how UK citizens have a clear vision of A Good Life in 2030 – they dream of a life filled with
connection not just consumption. Understand the shifts people in the industry think are necessary in response to this, drawn from imagination workshops with over 100 industry leaders – some of whom are featured in the documentary. Finally, see behind the scenes as top advertising agencies sprint to create ‘ads for 2030’ in response to the citizens’ visions.

ADVERTS for 2030
Be the first to see the new ‘adverts’ for 2030 that create compelling visions of the future, made for COP26 and screened here for the first time.

TALKS from Purpose Disruptors
The films will be accompanied by talks from Lisa Merrick-Lawless and Jonathan Wise, co-founders of Purpose Disruptors and ex-industry leaders. They will
share how their work is helping facilitate the change at the heart of the advertising industry and how this change is being led from within by a community of over 1,700 change agents.

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30.09.2021

Construction: The Built Environment

Construction: The Built Environment and Construction Sector accounts for 38% of global Carbon Emissions: Come and learn how the Construction Leadership Council’s Construct Zero industry-change programme is targeting the most impactful actions to mitigate this, leading the industry’s charge to meeting the Prime Minister’s 2035 Net Zero target.

The event will be co-chaired by a leading Government Minister and a young professional from the construction industry and feature Andrew Griffith MP (PM’s Net Zero Champion).

Are you a policy maker or Government figure who wants to maximise your impact in reaching Net Zero? Our analysis will cut through the hype to define the areas across the Built Environment where policy and legislative change can really make a difference.

Are you a business, wanting to become Net Zero but need to understand the benefits and how to go about doing so? Our Business Champions, drawn from across the sector will tell their story and show you how.

Are you a young professional and want to play your part? Your voice is crucial to delivering Net Zero- we will discuss why young people should care; what are the key platforms to engage them and how; and what does the future of the construction sector look like.

As industry leaders, your role in shaping and developing the approach is vital. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion featuring prominent CEO’s discussing:

– the global challenges of delivering Net Zero in the Built Environment
– the combined power of industry and Government in delivering Net Zero
– how the future of the construction sector will pivot to meet the challenge

30.09.2021

Technology and Data Are Key to Save the Environment

Can technology and data fight climate change? The answer is an unequivocal YES! They must. Come experience how artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML), data analytics, cloud, 5G and IoT are being used to save the rainforests, protect the Great Barrier Reef, and drastically reduce the U.K.’s carbon footprint.

Every two seconds, an area of rainforests the size of a football field is destroyed. Deforestation accounts for 10% of all carbon emissions, making it a massive contributor to global warming, with up to 90% of deforestation attributed to illegal logging. Come see how Rainforest Connection and Hitachi are using AI and ML to analyze eco-acoustic data to predict and prevent illegal logging in rainforests.

The Great Barrier Reef in Australia is one of the seven natural wonders of the world, and it is one of the world’s most biologically diverse ecosystems. Come hear how a local banana farmer from North Queensland is using data-driven IoT technology from Hitachi to build a sustainable farming operation, so they can do their part to preserve this natural wonder.

Modern transport systems have made our global natural wonders accessible to so many. But, as one of the biggest contributors to climate change emissions, the transport sector now needs to decarbonise to protect the natural world it has made so accessible. Learn how we are using data and technology to help the mass transport transformation towards electric vehicles, and supporting a sustainable world for all.

Presenters:

  • Gajen Kandiah, Chief Executive Officer, Hitachi Vantara
  • Topher White, CEO & Founder, Rainforest Connection & representatives from Sumatra
  • Ian Cameron, Head of Innovation, UK Power Networks
  • Gavin Devaney, Managing Director, Bartle Frere Bananas

30.09.2021

Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future

SSE will premiere Hydro: Powering a Net Zero Future, a film celebrating the rich heritage of hydro power and looking ahead to its vital role in combating climate change. The film will look at the transformative social and economic impact hydro power had on the north of Scotland following WW2, the continued role it plays and the potential for this almost 80-year-old technology to support a decarbonised electricity grid.  Following the film’s premiere there will be a panel event with UK and international experts discussing hydro’s role in reducing carbon emissions.

30.09.2021

Commercial Buildings: A real asset in addressing climate change?

The built environment is responsible for c40% of global carbon emissions. Significant investment will be needed to decarbonise commercial buildings and make real estate assets resilient to the physical impacts of climate change.

This event will provide an insight into the critical role that the commercial real estate sector plays in addressing climate change, highlighting some of the toughest challenges and exploring how meaningful progress can be accelerated through:

• Collective Commitment: Showcasing the Better Buildings Partnership Climate Commitment (covering over £370bn AUM), we’ll discuss how sector commitments can expedite action and investigate what is required to deliver on this ground-breaking commitment.

• Sustainable Finance: Focusing on the role of the finance sector in driving action, we’ll consider how financial instruments can be used to mobilise capital and scale-up investment in decarbonising commercial buildings and protecting them against climate risk.

• Collaborative Action: Emphasising the critical role that building occupiers play in driving demand, the event will bring owners and occupiers face to face to align their climate change ambitions.

Culminating in a panel discussion focused on urgent near term action, the event will bring together senior leaders from the real estate industry alongside investors and occupiers of commercial real estate assets to inspire cross-sectoral action on climate change.

Confirmed speakers:

• Neil Slater, Global Head of Real Assets, Abrdn

• Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership

• Caroline Hill, Managing Director, Europe Head of Real Estate ESG, Blackstone

• Sam McClary, Editor, Estates Gazette

• Janine Cole, Social Impact & Sustainability Director, Great Portland Estates

• Miles Keeping, Chair, Green Property Alliance

• Stephanie Hyde, CEO, JLL UK

• Shuen Chan, Head of ESG, Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management

• Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development, Europe, Lendlease

• Michael Neal, European CIO, Nuveen

• Paul Dunne, MD Group Ops, SEGRO

Supported by The British Property Federation.

 

30.09.2021

Scottish EDGE climate funding event

Scottish EDGE, the UK’s biggest funding competition for high growth potential businesses brings their 2021 Net Zero EDGE award final to COP26. Sustainable companies across Scotland have applied to pitch live to secure funding of up to £100,000, thanks to additional support from the Royal Bank of Scotland.

The new Net Zero EDGE award reflects Scotland’s drive to be net zero by 2045. It celebrates the role that innovative business people and entrepreneurs are playing in making this target achievable. This award offers well deserved recognition for those organisations leading the way in the transition to net zero – and inspires others to do the same.

Successful finalists will provide a short overview of their business, to a panel of high-profile judges including Sir Tom Hunter – Entrepreneur & Philanthropist and Alison Rose – Chief Executive, Natwest Group.

Join us to witness history in the making, as growing Scottish businesses pledge for funding to help create credible change, building awareness of the importance of making sustainability and climate friendly practices core to thrive.

30.09.2021

No more greenwash! The One Planet Standard – a new way for organisations to tackle the nature and climate emergencies

Companies and organisations know that they have to do something but many don’t know where to start.

The One Planet Centre will be outlining the newly launched One Planet Standard. Conceived in Wales, but applicable throughout the UK and beyond, the Standard supports the ‘Wellbeing of Future Generations (Wales) Act 2015 by helping organisations – large and small, public and private – to reduce their ecological footprint. Asking the questions ‘What power do you think you have to make change?’ and ‘how do we change our strategic and planning decisions for the better’ the highly interactive event will challenge the audience to think creatively and – ‘flipping the script’ – see things from a different perspective. The Standard is unique in that it works to effect culture change, capturing all the impacts of an organisation (including carbon) as well as those of its supply chain and its customers. It is a key component of good governance and does not allow ‘greenwash’ in so far as it is independently, and externally, assessed and encourages continuous improvement.
Speakers/Panel Members:
Sophie Howe (The Future Generations Commissioner for Wales)
Andrea Lewis Joint Deputy Leader Swansea Council
Cabinet Member – Climate Change & Service Transformation
Paul Bridle (CEO Assessment Services)
Jaco Marais (Partner The Good Governance Institute)
Sebastian Wood MD Whitby Wood Engineering Consultancy

Chaired by David Thorpe (Founder/Director) and Virginia Schumacher Isaac (Associate Director) The One Planet Centre

30.09.2021

Wales and Uganda – collective communities action

For decades, people in Wales and the Mt Elgon region of Uganda have been exchanging ideas, sharing learning and working hand-in-hand to tackle some of the biggest challenges facing both the region and the world. Born from this friendship, Jenipher’s Coffi is a new brand of coffee that, by doing business differently, unites communities to take collective action against climate change.

Come to hear Jenipher share her story. As a leader of a cooperative of over 3,600 farmers, Jenipher’s faced with the challenge of securing their livelihoods and protecting their lives as they face climate change up close. Floods and mudslides arrive with ever more frequency, washing precious soil, crucial for growing quality coffee down the mountain. Alongside their pursuit of the highest quality coffee, the farmers are also on a mission to protect the soil and the environment.

Adopting agroforestry and organic principles over a decade ago, the farmers of the co-operative are an integral part of the Welsh Government’s 25 million tree planting scheme. Since its inception, the farmers have seen their coffee yield increase and the quality enhanced. By trading on Fairtrade terms and inspiring community-led action, supported by the Welsh Government, Jenipher’s Coffi is demonstrating that a holistic approach to growing commodities through small-scale farming can deliver climate justice.

Invited parties will participate in an open dialogue exploring how governments, business and communities can, through novel and innovative approaches work together to deliver on the climate agenda, and support the realisation of the UN sustainable development goals.

This interactive session will inspire, challenge and motivate action.

30.09.2021

Speeding up the transport revolution

Join key global voices in policy, industry and civil society in a lively session organised by global movement Count Us In.

Road transport contributes to 75% of the global emissions associated with transportation. It is a big driver of climate change and early deaths due to air pollution. Yet, many exciting clean, fossil-free, technologies are already available and economically feasible.

What’s missing? Ambitious policies, investment, incentives and high-level actions to drive the adoption of clean energy solutions, faster. This event aims to send a message to policy makers: Step on the accelerator to bid the combustion engine farewell!

30.09.2021

Green Career Pathways

The Green Career Pathways event examines and debates the roles of education, training and employment in delivering a resilient and equitable transition to net zero.

Following a keynote presentation on The Role of Education & Skills in UK and Global Climate Action the expert panel will provide insights into Navigating A Green Career Pathway.

Panellists will discuss the challenges their sectors face in terms of education, skills and jobs in a climate emergency, and the actions required to deliver green career pathways that ensure a fair and economy-wide alignment with the Paris climate goals.

Our panel represents leading expertise drawn from industry, education and policy arenas, and focussed on realising the net zero transition:

Rhona Turnbull, Climate, Environment and Emerging Issues Lead at NatWest Group

Charlotte Bonner, National Head of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) at ETF, and member of the COP26 Universities Education & Skills steering group

Catherine Barber, Deputy Director, Industrial Energy Transformation, BEIS, UK Government

Jenny Young, Head of Strategy, Policy & Insights, Engineering Construction Industry Training Board, and member of the COP26 Universities Education & Skills steering group

The panel will be chaired by Prof Dave Reay, Director of Edinburgh Climate Change Institute, University of Edinburgh, member of the UK Government’s Green Jobs Taskforce.

30.09.2021

So, you want a Green job?

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), a green economy will generate 24 million new jobs worldwide over the next decade, offering opportunities for young graduates, business, and governments alike.

The need to tackle climate change has become increasingly apparent and throughout the globe popular support for robust action is increasing. This has resulted in the need and opportunity for new jobs.

Green careers encompass a range of different professions, spanning everything from engineering and transportation, to water and energy conservation.

Green jobs are essential to any climate action roadmap, and this rapidly growing area could unlock further economic opportunities worth billions, driven by the demand for a sustainable future. Pursuing a green career is not only a critical effort, but one that offers a long-term career path which will increasingly be in demand.

In this session, The Prince’s Trust Group, a global network of charities focused on supporting young people into education, employment and enterprise, and One Young World, the global forum for young leaders – partnering with the Department for Education – will give you the insight needed to pursue a green career.

Join us to hear an expert-led panel session made up of senior and young leaders, and attend a hybrid green careers fair where attendees can connect with leading green organisations across various sectors.