edie Live 2018: Show programme complete as plastics and SDGs take centre stage

The show content for edie's annual exhibition has been confirmed, with plastics waste, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), energy storage and employee engagement among the hot topics that will be debated across four theatres at the two-day show in May.

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

More than 100 expert speakers will appear across four stages to provide visitors with the insight and inspiration they need to take action across all areas of sustainable development

More than 100 expert speakers – ranging from MPs and chief executives to sustainability directors and energy managers – have now been secured for edie Live 2018, which takes place at the NEC Birmingham on 22-23 May.

Under the brand new show theme of Mission Possible, this year's event is tailor-made to help sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals take action across all areas of sustainable development.

Three practical, CPD-accredited seminar theatres – based on the key industry themes of Energy Efficiency, Energy Innovation and Resource Efficiency – surround the edie Live 2018 Sustainability Keynote Stage which is aimed at the strategists who are leading their organisations' sustainability strategy.

In addition, edie Live 2018 offers up a range of new features, including Mission Possible Workshops, an Innovation Centre and an Electric Vehicle (EV) Showroom.

Here's a full look at what's going to be on offer across the two days:

Sustainability keynote: Science-based targets, the SDGs and social sustainability

"From embedding the Sustainable Development Goals and redefining purpose to changing minds on sustainability and empowering the next generation, this stage provides the strategic-level focus required to transform business, for good." 

Sessions include:

- Global megatrends: Shaping the future of sustainability

- The SDGs: Moving from ambition to ACTION

- A 1.5°C world: can we achieve it?

- Driving social sustainability through collaboration

- Talkin' bout Y Generation: Engaging young people with sustainability

Speakers include:

- Helen Clarkson, chief executive, The Climate Group

- Paul Simpson, chief executive, CDP

- Michael Lewis, chief executive, E.ON

- Niall Dunne, chief executive, Polymateria

- Caroline Laurie, head of sustainability, Kingfisher

Energy Efficiency Theatre: Net-zero buildings and employee engagement

"This theatre combines green policy updates, expert insight and inspirational case studies to deliver an end-to-end overview of what makes a successful energy efficiency strategy."

Sessions include:

- Energy policy update: Everything you need to know

- Driving change: The road to zero-carbon business fleets

- Energy efficiency 2.0: Technological advancements to drive down usage

- Green buildings: Making net-zero the new normal

- What does it take to change behaviours?

Speakers include:

- Claire Whitely, senior manager corporate responsibility, Hilton

- Katerina Robinson, group environmental sustainability manager, Freedom Group

- Martin Gettings, group head of sustainability, Canary Wharf Group

- Matthew Trevaskis, head of electric vehicles, REA

- Chris Evans, energy efficiency manager, Anglian Water

Energy Innovation Theatre: Energy storage, demand response and onsite renewables

"This theatre is a must-attend for any organisation seeking to go beyond energy efficiency measures and being driving system change through innovative approaches to energy management."

Sessions include:

- Leading the charge: unlocking the power of energy storage

- Power shift: Tapping into the opportunities of demand response

- Making the switch: Harnessing the business benefits of onsite renewables

- What happens next? Exploring future trends in the energy industry

- From onsite AD to biofuels: what does the future hold for business energy-from-waste?

Speakers include:

- Ester Rus Perez, sludge and energy innovation manager, Thames Water

- Richard Black, director, Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit

- Rob Wild, demand side response manager, Severn Trent Water

- Melanie Coath, senior climate change policy officer, RSPB

- Dare Ilori, group head of sustainability, Merlin Entertainments

Resource Efficiency Theatre: Plastic pledges and circular supply chains

"This theatre will showcase how organisations from a variety of sectors are decoupling business growth from resource use in an effort to promote sustainable development and minimise waste."

Sessions include:

- The next 25 years: Business and the resource revolution

- Solving the plastics problem: Learning from the resource revolutionaries

- Moving from ambition to ACTION: Circular economy leadership, in practice

- Water efficiency: Why should we care?

- Let's get personal: Driving circularity through employee engagement

Speakers include:

- Mary Creagh MP, chair, Environmental Audit Committee

- Marcus Gover, chief executive, WRAP

- Adam Hall, head of sustainability, Surfdome

- Tom Domen, long-term innovation manager, Ecover

- Ken Webster, head of innovation, Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Other show features...

edie Live 2018 will offer up a range of new features this year, making it a must-attend event for anyone and everyone who wants to achieve a low-carbon, resource efficient and profitable future.

- Mission Possible Workshops will provide visitors with a unique opportunity to collaborate with peers and solve live sustainability challenges

- The Mission Possible Innovation Centre will be set up to showcase some of the most exciting pre-commercial solutions and ideas that could take corporate sustainability onto the next level

- The EV Showroom will showcase electric vehicles, charging stations, a solar car port and related technologies

Advice Clinics offer up free advice on a range of areas that are material to your business in pre-booked, one-to-one, 20-minute consultations with the experts

- 100+ suppliers and service providers will be exhibiting across the show floors

For more information on edie Live 2017, including the full seminar and Leaders theatre programme, visit exhibition.edie.net.

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edie staff


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