Lucy Siegle confirmed for Sustainability Keynote at edie Live 2019

Renowned ethical living and environmental journalist Lucy Siegle completes a star-studded line-up of expert speakers appearing at the UK's largest sustainability and energy exhibition, edie Live, as it returns to the NEC Birmingham on 21-22 May.

Lucy Siegle confirmed for Sustainability Keynote at edie Live 2019

Registration for the free-to-attend show is open for sustainability

Siegle, who has held roles as a columnist on ethical living for the Observer and as a reporter for the One Show, will be appearing on Sustainability Keynote on the opening day of the show (21 May).

She will be appearing alongside the Green Alliance’s strategy director Belinda Gordon, WSP’s UK director of sustainability David Symons, Willmott Dixon’s director of sustainability Julia Barrett and The Climate Group’s corporate partnerships director Mike Peirce. The session will cover the external drivers, challenges and opportunities that are together shaping the green business future, with a focus on climate change, resource scarcity, economic growth, Brexit and the 25-Year Environment Plan.


“I am delighted to speak at edie Live this year,” Siegle said. “I can’t remember a time when environmental policy and politics was more charged, available and more pertinent to the mainstream audience. The science is clear, the will is almost clear and the question now is whether policymakers and government systems are up to the challenge.”

Siegle is an authority on the environmental and social footprint of the global fashion industry through her book To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing out the World and as producer of Netflix documentary The True Cost. Over 14 years, Siegle honed her expertise as the Observer and Guardian’s ‘eco agony aunt’. She has become well-known on British TV for bringing the problem of single use plastic to widespread attention, resulting in her latest book, titled Turning the Tide on Plastic.

Siegle completes a list of almost 200 speakers from a range of organisations – including Rolls Royce, Hilton, BEIS, National Trust and Sir Robert McAlpine – who will be appearing at edie Live 2019 to offer their insight and advice on turning sustainability and ambitions into actions. These speakers will appear across dedicated Circular Economy, Energy, Innovation and Keynote Theatres over the two days.

Other show features (click the links for more info):

FUTURE SYSTEMS HACKATHON – A brand-new, live, 24-hour hackathon will unite edie’s audience of energy and sustainability managers with our sister title Utility Week’s audience of utilities industry professionals – along with teams of hackers and tech experts – to solve real-world problems and accelerate the shift towards future business systems. Topics being ‘hacked’ include big energy data and demand response-based energy management.

EV SHOWROOM & CHARGING HUB – Our Electric Vehicle (EV) Showroom returns for 2019, bringing to life how EVs can be implemented by businesses and help reduce carbon footprint as part of a sustainability strategy.

PLASTICS HUB – Our hugely popular Mission Possible Plastics Hub content is coming to life. Over the two days, the show will house a dedicated area for industry professionals to connect with one another, share circular economy ideas, meet packaging solutions providers, and discover ground-breaking plastic waste innovations. Designed by edie’s editorial team, this special area of the show will include single-use plastics roundtable discussions, packaging solutions stands and a professionally facilitated live plastics ‘thinkathon’.

ADVICE CLINICS – One of our most popular offerings, the edie Live advice clinics return for 2019, allowing visitors free 20-minute, one-to-one consultations with experts across a full range of sustainability and energy topics that are material to their business.

MISSION POSSIBLE WORKSHOPS – Another popular feature of 2019, our Mission Possible Workshops provide visitors with a unique opportunity to collaborate with peers to solve the key challenges and opportunities they are facing in their mission to achieve a sustainable future. Starting with a blank sheet of paper, pre-allocated groups will discuss the issues that we face, share ‘war stories’ and work together to create a unique solution to the topic. Workshops were fully booked last year so register early to secure your spot. 

THE MISSION POSSIBLE SOFA – Join the edie editorial team for some well-earned sofa talk as we interview a range of industry experts on key sustainability and themes – live on camera in a talk-show style. Watch last year’s Mission Possible Sofa episodes here.

CO-LOCATION WITH UTILITY WEEK LIVE – As an additional draw for edie Live visitors, our sister show Utility Week Live will explore the tech and product solutions transforming the way gas, water and electricity utilities do business. 


edie staff

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