Wednesday 19th May 2021
9.30 – 9.33
9.33 – 9.45
Lord Callanan, Minister for Climate Change and Corporate Responsibility, will open In The Circle Yorkshire with a keynote address.
Bringing COP to Yorkshire: How Our Regions Respond to the Challenge
9.45 – 10.30
Anita Lloyd – Director – Squire Patton Boggs
Rebuilding the economy around a green and just transition is imperative. Yorkshire can foster real change by harnessing the momentum being generated by COP26 and set the agenda for the future
10.35 – 10.50
Mike Barry – Strategic Advisor & Commentator on Sustainable Business
Sustainability will disrupt the very essence of what and how we sell products and services. Mike will explore what’s driving this transformation and how we can respond to it.
Yorkshire’s Climate Crisis
10.55 – 11.40
Policymakers across the region have set ambitious decarbonisation targets. Delivering the timetable will require everyone to collaborate and innovate, rethinking how we live and work and creating opportunities for businesses.
Andy Gouldson – Professor of Environmental Policy – University of Leeds
Paula Widdowson – Executive Member for Environment & Climate Change – York City Council
Peter Cole – Principal Enviromental & Sustainability Officer – Transport for the North
Kim Yates – Sustainability & Climate Change Lead EUNA -Mott Mcdonald
A Sustainable Transport Solution for Yorkshire
11.45 – 12.30
Transport will be at the heart of driving the green revolution. Our panel will look at how new solutions – from changing technology with electric vehicles to changing mindsets with active travel strategies – can create a sustainable transport solution for Yorkshire.
Women are the Sustainability Champions that we urgently need…
11.45 – 12.30
Rachel McClelland – Chief Executive – Planet Shine
Women are affected more adversely by climate change than men and when we consider the increased risk of conflict which ultimately impacts the lives of women in poorer continents, it’s critical that gender based societal inequalities are addressed. This discussion will focus on women in sustainability and how women in top tier leadership roles are integral to a just transition.
Clusters of expertise to fuel Yorkshire’s energy future
12.35 – 13.20
Henri Murison – Director – Northern Powerhouse Partnership
How the region creates, captures and uses energy will be critical to the resilience and growth in the decades ahead. There is a great opportunity for Yorkshire to be a world leader, creating clusters and supply chains with global expertise. This session will examine the existing strengths within the region, the opportunities within its grasp, and what needs to happen to ensure collectively we maximise the potential
Using Innovation to Drive Sustainability in Manufacturing
12.35 – 13.20
This session will explore how discontinuous innovation will deliver radical changes to deliver the sustainability agenda. We will examine this against a backdrop of globalisation, productivity, new technologies and automation.
Green is the Colour of Money
13.25 – 14.10
There has been a massive acceleration in how investors and funders use environmental, social and governance (ESG) as part of their decision-making criteria. The panel will look at the rise of green finance and what this means for future business and investment decisions.
Creating a Sustainable Supply Chain
13.25 – 14.19
Businesses can take a lead by encouraging or requiring improvements in their supply chains. This session shows how technology and collaboration are helping to deliver significant progress for retailers
The Role of SMEs in the New Economy
14.15 – 14.30
Catherine Westoby – Net Zero Business Engagement Lead for the Clean Growth Directorate – Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
SMEs can engage with the Government’s Build Back Green initiatives to drive the UK ecomony and Net Zero initiatives. Hear directly from BEIS to find out how.
How to steer your life and business through the climate crisis
14.15 – 14.30
Jarvis Smith – Co-Founding Director – MyGreenPod
How to steer your life and business to work symbiotically with Nature in building an ecosystem that might evolve through the impending climate crisis
Building Back Better
14.35 – 15.20
Construction has long been a big contributor to emissions, but now sustainability is being built into the foundations of developments. Learn how this is changing the landscape across Yorkshire.
The Rise of Recommerce
15.25 – 16.10
What is a circular economy and what does re-commerce really mean to Yorkshire businesses ? Exploring the role or reusing and recycling as we move towards circularity
Steve Oliver – Group CEO & Co-Founder – musicMagpie
Filling the Pipeline for Sustainability in the Water Sector
16.15 – 17.00
Leaders from different parts of the global water sector will explore how business and society relies and impacts on water, and how we can better understand and manage our approaches to deliver improvements for people, nature and business.