Emergency response Q&A: How can business accelerate towards net-zero emissions?

Event Date: 27/06/2019 1:00 pm

The UK has declared a climate emergency and the Government has set a legally binding target for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. This one-hour webinar takes the form of a live Q&A session with a range of climate policy and business energy experts to explore how businesses should respond to the situation.

The Committee on Climate Change’s ‘net-zero emissions’ report was released against a backdrop of protests and a growing youth climate strike movement. And it was swiftly followed by the UK becoming the first country to declare a ‘climate emergency’.

So, what does all of this mean for energy and sustainability professionals?

This webinar, hosted in association with Ørsted, brings together climate policy and business energy experts to discuss how the business energy landscape could and should change between now and the net-zero target year of 2050; with a specific focus on the industries and areas that will require the biggest transformations to cut carbon.

There will be no presentations. Instead, this webinar will take a live Q&A format, with the audience able to submit question in advance and during the session itself.

Discussion points

  • Reflecting on the CCC report: Immediate impacts for sustainability and energy professionals
  • Heat and transport: Closing the action gap and scaling-up solutions
  • 2050, 2040, 2030… Responding to the roadmap to net zero carbon emissions






Insight Editor, edie

James Evison is the insight editor for edie.net, creating and covering the latest reports and news for sustainability, energy and resource efficiency professionals.





Head of Energy Services, Nottingham City Council

Wayne has worked in public sector energy and sustainability fields for more than a decade and has previously delivered sustainability advice in the private sector. Wayne has delivered numerous high profile, high value environmental projects and programmes for the public sector across the East Midlands, receiving industry recognition along the way including the National Lottery Awards Environment Category Winner and the Access Alliance Best Scheme Award.

He is currently leading Nottingham’s ambitious energy delivery programme, which has already included 4000 domestic PV installs, numerous commercial PV installations and a variety of new renewable energy technology trials, expansion of this programme is a priority in 2017-18, with a target of 20% of the City’s energy coming from renewable sources by 2020.



UK Carbon Manager, Skanska

Construction and property development giant Skanska has committed to reduce the carbon emissions of its UK business to zero by 2045, without purchasing carbon credits for offsetting. Carbon and Environmental Manager Conor McCone has overseen the development and implementation of the UK carbon reduction targets. He has completed a Masters (MSc) in Carbon Management from The University of Edinburgh and is a chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) who is skilled in Sustainable Development, ISO 14001, Biodiversity and Natural Capital. 



Environment director, Business in the Community

Gudrun leads Business in the Community’s work to create a healthy environment. Its aim is to accelerate progress to a world where robust sustainability strategies that deliver shared value are at the heart of a business’ core proposition. It focuses on building a circular economy, restoring ecosystem health and moving towards a net zero carbon future.




Managing director, Orsted Customer Solutions UK

With over 20 years’ experience, Ashley is a proven leader of significant international sales, marketing and operational performance improvement and cultural change in the context of re-organisation and re-structuring within the Energy/Energy Services Retailing Sector. He has initiated and led several transformation programmes across a number of businesses, enhancing agility and delivering innovation capabilities. 






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