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

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

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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?

Andrew Mitchell, Senior Advisor, Ecosphere+

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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, 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

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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
Mark Selby, Co-Founder and CEO, Wahaca
Rob Wilson, CEO, Toast 

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

Please note: programme is subject to change