Agenda Outline

The EIC Annual Conference will include a mixture of keynote talks and interactive discussions focused on innovation, exporting and financing in the environmental sector.

The agenda is currently being developed, and highlights will include:

Session 1: Where are the next environmental innovations coming from?

  • Which parts of the environmental market will see most innovation in the next 5 years?
  • How will the UK’s universities facilitate environmental innovation?
  • What contribution can be made by Innovate UK?

Session 2: Break out sessions on leading trends and innovations in specific sectors

Facilitated sessions discussing latest trends and innovations in specific environmental sectors including:

  • Air Quality
  • Smart cities
  • Circular economy
  • Contaminated land

Session 3: The export opportunity

The global environmental market is estimated to be worth over $1trillion. The UK has a good reputation in environmental expertise and these overseas markets represent a huge opportunity. This session will explore which markets offer good prospects and hear from companies who have achieved export success.

Session 4: The financial world’s view of the environmental sector

Finance is the lifeblood of any business, and with a recent Boston Consulting survey showing that 75% of senior fund managers see sustainability as a significant factor in judging investment strategy, environmental firms should be well placed to source funding. This session will discuss how financiers view environmental firms and the types of financing available.