An engaging full day conference designed to encourage networking, spirited debate and information sharing.

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9:30 am

Welcome from the Host

Welcome from our host

9:40 am

Welcome from the Yorkshire Post

Welcome from the Yorkshire Post

James Mitchinson

Editor, The Yorkshire Post
9:50 am

Welcome from our Sponsor - Zenith

Sponsored by:

Martin Jenkins

CEO Zenith Commercial and Group Strategy Director, Zenith
10:00 am
Panel Discussion

Decarbonising the Transport Sector and Reducing Air Pollution

In a world facing pressing environmental challenges, the decarbonisation of the transport sector has emerged as a crucial pathway to combat climate change, improve air quality, and achieve cost savings. Our panel discussion will delve into the strategies, technologies, and policies needed to transform the way we move people and goods while reaping economic and environmental benefits.
It promises to be an informative and engaging dialogue on one of the most pressing issues of our time, offering a roadmap for a more sustainable, cost-effective, and cleaner transportation future.

Sponsored by:

Alan Bastey

Decarbonisation and Sustainability Consultant, Zenith

Jim Cardwell

Head of Distribution System Operation Policy, Northern Powergrid

Andrew Whittles

Assistant Director Sustainability, Bradford City Council

Elizabeth Edgington

Group Carbon and Sustainability Manager, NG Bailey
10:50 am

Coffee Break and Exhibition

11:20 am
Panel Discussion

Growth and Net Zero

In an era defined by global environmental challenges and the imperative to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the "Growth and Net Zero" panel discussion is a crucial forum for examining the intersection of economic development and climate sustainability. This enlightening event brings together a diverse group of thought leaders, experts, and influencers to explore the strategies, opportunities, and challenges associated with achieving a Net Zero future while fostering sustainable economic growth.

Sponsored by:

Clare Steward

Strategic Projects and Buisness Manager, Innovative, Funding and Finance., Environment Agency

Keith Davie

Senior Advisor, Catchment Funding , Environment Agency

Steve Bagshaw CBE

Chair , BioYorkshire Industrial Advisory Group

Stuart Leslie

Director of Buildings Decarbonisation and Energy Efficiency, United Kingdom Infrastructure Bank

Adam Bower

Head of Sustainability Strategy & ESG, Cranswick Plc
12:10 pm
Panel Discussion

Putting Public Transport First

In a world grappling with the urgent need to address climate change, it has become increasingly evident that the transportation sector plays a pivotal role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and fostering sustainable urban development. "Climate Change - Putting Public Transport First" is a timely and crucial panel discussion that brings together experts, policymakers, and thought leaders to delve into the profound impact and potential of public transportation systems in the fight against climate change.

This discussion promises to be an enlightening and informative discussion that not only identifies the crucial role of public transport in addressing climate change but also provides practical insights for governments, urban planners, and individuals who seek to make a positive impact on the environment through transportation choices.

Sponsored by:

Faizan Ahmad

Decarbonisation Programme Director, First Bus

Mark Casci

Head of Policy and Representation, West & North Yorks Chamber

Peter Cole

Head of Decarbonisation, Transport for the North

Dr Linda Wain

Engineering Director, LNER
1:00 pm

Networking Lunch

2:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Breakout 2 - How to Reach Net Zero & Persuade Colleagues

In a world facing unprecedented environmental challenges, the urgency to reach net-zero emissions has become more crucial than ever. Achieving this goal requires not only sound strategies but also the ability to persuade and inspire colleagues to take action

This panel discussion aims to inspire and equip attendees with the knowledge and strategies necessary to not only set ambitious net-zero targets but also to rally their colleagues with passion and purpose towards a sustainable and environmentally responsible future. By addressing the intersection of environmental stewardship and persuasive leadership, the event encourages individuals and organizations to take an active role in combating climate change.

Jamie Saye

Co-Founder and General Manager, Sustainable Arts in Leeds

Neil Cartwright

Senior Net Zero Programme Manager within the North East and Yorkshire Regional Greener NHS TeamNHS, NHS

Natalia Phipps

Head of Advocacy, The Carbon Literacy Project

Shona Smith

Head of the Priestley Centre for Climate Futures, University of Leeds
2:15 pm
Panel Discussion

Breakout 1 - Securing an Efficient and Sustainable Energy Future

As the global community faces the urgent challenges of climate change, the business world finds itself at a crossroads, seeking innovative solutions to reduce energy costs while making substantial contributions to a sustainable future. This will be a thought-provoking panel discussion that brings together experts from various fields to explore the intersection of energy efficiency, climate action, and cost savings for businesses.

Matthew Doughty

Business Development Manager, UK & Ireland, TESVOLT AG

Bruce Heppenstall

Plant Director, Drax

Rebecca Russell

Head of Corporate Affairs GB, SSE Renewables
3:00 pm

Coffee Break and Exhibition

3:20 pm

Plan the road ahead:How businesses can understand climate risks

How businesses can understand their climate risks, such as flooding, heatwaves, storms, and what we can do to protect our business.

Susanne Lorenz

Lecturer in Climate Change Adaptation, University of Leeds
3:40 pm

Success Stories

Four companies will present their success stories on some of the following points:
- How they have either achieved or are on track to achieve NetZero
- What process they have taken to do this
- Advice to other companies on how to start and achieve
- What they are doing to help with Climate Change
- Current projects they are taking part in

Simon Biltcliffe

CEO, Webmart

Rob​ Conway

Business Director - Net Zero, Flotilla

Oliver Jones

Associate Director – Sustainability & Innovation, Cundall

Katherine Burden

Business Development Lead, Green Economy
4:20 pm

Closing Remarks

Angela Terry

CEO, One Home

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