Tea Coffee and Light Breakfast
Chairman’s opening remarks – James Murray, Editor, Business Green
Welcome from Arup – John Turzynski, Arup
Session 1: Where now for the UK environment sector post-Brexit
EIC priorities in a post-Brexit world – Chair: Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, EIC
Session 2: Where are the next environmental innovations coming from?
This session explored which parts of the environmental market are seeing most innovation, how universities can facilitate environmental innovation and the contribution of Innovate UK
Keynote: Emma Howard Boyd, Chair, Environment Agency
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 (Chaired by Dan Williams, Deputy Account Manager Johnson Matthey)
- Smart cities (Chaired by Sam Ibbott, Head of Smart City Initiatives, EIC)
- Circular economy (Chaired by Gary Armstrong, Technical Director – Business Efficiency, Jacobs)
- Contaminated land (Chaired by Peter Atchison, MD, PAGeotechnical Ltd)
Keynote: Are skills shortages a risk to the growth of the green economy?
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 explored which markets offer good prospects and heard 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 discussed how financiers view environmental firms and the types of financing available.
On-stage interview: Sir Ed Davey, former Secretary of State for Climate Change
Chairman’s closing remarks