Towards Net Zero Supply Chains and Land Use

Tuesday 26 November | Church House Westminster, London

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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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Programme

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Registration and breakfast
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Opening address

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

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Keynote: Land use and Brexit: How a Green Brexit could reshape the UK

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has pledged to reach net zero carbon emissions across the agricultural sector by 2040, 10 years earlier than the government’s 2050 target. Meanwhile, the government is working on plans to reform subsidies to enhance ecosystem services across the UK and the CCC is clear changes to land use are a key component of the net zero transition. How then is the UK landscape and food supply chain set to transform as the net zero project accelerates, and how can businesses play a proactive role in supporting the transition?

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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?

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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
Chair: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

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Morning break, networking, and visit to the exhibition area
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Sustainable land management and understanding supply chain risks

There is a compelling business case for firms to develop more sustainable land use and supply chain practices, and yet the risks faced by current supply chain models are too frequently ignored. This presentation will explore the climate and policy risks faced by global supply chains and ask how businesses can effectively manage and minimise those risks.

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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, a blue-chip fashion brand will talk about their work to “green” their supply chain.

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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

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

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Closing remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

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Lunch and networking

Speakers

Deputy Editor
BusinessGreen
Head of Sustainability, Public Affairs, Health, Safety & Security
Landsec
CEO & Founder
Earth Security Group
Editor-in-Chief
BusinessGreen
CEO
The Sustainability Consortium
Head of Research and Engagements
FAIRR
Climate Change Group Director
International Institute for Environment and Development

Venue - Church House Westminster

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