Towards Net Zero Supply Chains and Land Use

Tuesday 26 November | Church House Westminster, London


Few aspects of the net zero transition are more complex and more challenging than the need to decarbonise supply chains and land use. If cutting emissions from energy, transport, and buildings is a daunting undertaking, at least businesses have pretty direct control over the pace and direction of the net zero transition in each of these areas. But when it comes to supply chains, efforts to curb emissions inevitably involve multiple actors, considerable uncertainties, and intense debates over land use impacts, carbon sinks, and consumption patterns.

The latest BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing will bring together key stakeholder from across the green economy to explore the challenges and opportunities presented by the transition towards net zero emission supply chains. As such it will feature a series of expert speakers and case studies that will discuss the technologies, techniques, and policy debates that are shaping emissions reductions efforts across supply chains, including work to tackle deforestation, minimise reputational risks, curb agricultural emissions, and reduce manufacturing and resource impacts.

This exclusive half-day conference will look at the too easily ignored implications that the transition to a net zero economy will have for supply chain management, risk management, and global land use. As such it will investigate how the need for negative emissions technologies will place fresh pressures on land use, explore the climate-related risks that will impact all firms' supply chains, and ask how businesses can work with suppliers to minimise these risks and optimise returns in a decarbonising economy.

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Registration and breakfast
Opening address

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen


Amid the unrest and uncertainty of Brexit negotiations and the climate crisis, the transition to net-zero offers an opportunity to reshape policy, business, and the supply chain. Decarbonisation requires the total and unprecedented transformation of all parts of society, with businesses and government leading the way. David Powell will discuss the need for a “just” transition in order to achieve this democratically, and whether a New Green Deal would be the solution. 

David Powell, Head of Environment & Green Transition, New Economics Foundation

Making zero deforestation a reality

The recent fires in the Amazon have provide a stark reminder of the he challenges businesses face as they work to deliver on zero deforestation commitments. How big is the scale of the deforestation crisis and what practically can businesses do to embrace best practices and minimise the risk of them fuelling an environmental and climate catastrophe?

Andrew Mitchell, Senior Advisor, Ecosphere+

Panel discussion: Building a net zero supply chain

A growing number of companies have signed up to net zero emission goals, but if fully decarbonising their own emissions is challenging, achieving net zero across their entire value chain is an order of magnitude harder. And yet for many businesses the influence they can bring to bear across their supply chains has the potential to unlock massive emissions savings. This debate will explore how supply chain emissions can be measured and tackled, and how some top businesses are working with their partners to accelerate progress towards net zero.

Caroline Hill, Head of Sustainability, Public Affairs, Health, Safety & Security, Landsec
Euan Murray, Chief Executive, The Sustainability Consortium
Clare Shakya, Climate Change Group Director, International Institute for Environment and Development
Chris Baker, European General Manager, KeepCup

Chair: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

Morning break, networking, and visit to the exhibition area
Sustainable land management: Is vertical farming the way ahead?

There is a compelling business case for firms to develop more sustainable land use and supply chain practices. Jones Food Company is committed to producing fresh produce using hydroponic techniques, in order to meet sustainable and reliable practices. Can vertical farming provide a solution to supply chain risk and help us to rethink land management? 

Oli Kaberry, Business Development Director, Jones Food Company

Case study: The reality of green supply chain engagement

The fashion industry has long been under scrutiny for its sustainability practices, from manufacturing techniques to supplier practices. By 2050 the fashion industry is predicted to account for 25 per cent of the world’s carbon budget. In response to the net zero target, brands from across the industry are attempting to improve their carbon footprint. In this session, sustainable fashion brand Petit Pli will talk about their innovative approach to children’s clothing and work to “green” their supply chain.

Ryan Mario Yasin, CEO & Founder, Petit Pli

Closing panel discussion: Feeding the 10 Billion

By 2050 the world’s population is set to reach 10 billion. With agriculture, deforestation and land use change responsible for approximately 25 per cent of global emissions, fears are growing over future food security. This panel will discuss how new technologies, policies, and techniques can both enhance food security while curbing emissions and meeting the world's sustainability goals?

Aarti Ramachandran, Head of Research and Engagements, FAIRR
Alejandro Litovsky, Founder & CEO, Earth Security Group
Mark Selby, Co-Founder and CEO, Wahaca
Rob Wilson, CEO, Toast 

Chair: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

Closing remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

Lunch and networking


European General Manager
Deputy Editor
Head of Sustainability, Public Affairs, Health, Safety & Security
Business Development Director
Jones Food Company
CEO & Founder
Earth Security Group
Senior Advisor
The Sustainability Consortium
Head of Environment & Green Transition
New Economics Foundation
Head of Research and Engagements
Co-Founder and CEO
Climate Change Group Director
International Institute for Environment and Development
Toast Ale
CEO & Founder
Petit Pli

Venue - Church House Westminster

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