Business Green launches Net Zero Festival with a wave of high-profile sustainability partners

Scheduled for September 30 at The Brewery in central London, the inaugural Net Zero Festival will bring together more than 500 business leaders, politicians, academics, and campaigners to explore how to accelerate and optimise the global net zero transition.

The event’s partners include sustainable business bodies We Mean Business, Aldersgate Group, the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and CDP; trade associations such as RenewableUK, the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association, and the Carbon Capture and Storage Association; leading media and events brands Fully Charged and Carbon Forward; and top environmental charities and think tanks such as Hubbub and Green Alliance.

The first wave of sponsors include BT, which has signed up along with ENGIE, Verco, Heathrow Auroport, and Ecosphere+. Further partners and sponsors will be announced in the coming weeks, alongside the full agenda, first tranche of A-list speakers, and ticket details.

“Few, if any, business issues are more important than the net zero transition,” said Gabrielle Ginér, head of environmental sustainability at BT and Chair of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Momentum for Change Advisory Committee. That is why BT was one of the very first corporates to set a net zero target.

“We are delighted to support the Net Zero Festival as Net Zero Leadership Partner to accelerate the net zero transition. It is vital that businesses, industries, investors, policymakers, civil society, and the public at large come together to share best practices and advance the development of a greener economy, and that is precisely what the Net Zero Festival aims to achieve.”

Her comments were echoed by Eliot Whittington, director of policy at CISL, who said the “Net Zero Festival promises to showcase some of the most interesting and inspiring pinch points of this urgent transformation, and we look forward to the energy for collaboration that it will create”.

In addition, BusinessGreen today unveiled the Advisory Board for the Festival, featuring leading sustainability executives and green business experts such as BT’s Ginér, head of sustainable business at M&S Carmel McQuaid, corporate affairs and sustainability director at Landsec Caroline Hill, Carbon Tracker’s Mark Campanale, and director of Cambridge Zero and leading climate scientist Dr Emily Shuckburgh.

BusinessGreen has also announced that Carbon Forward, the leading provider of events and information for the fast-expanding European carbon market, will be the Carbon Market Partner for the Net Zero Festival and will host its annual conference in London from September 30th to October 2nd.

“As a large and fast-expanding battalion of businesses has realised, the net zero transition and escalating climate crisis are the defining economic issue of the age,” said BusinessGreen editor-in-chief James Murray.

“In the past week alone we’ve seen a host of household names, from oil majors and mining giants to transport providers and consumer goods firms, either announce net zero goals or beef up their decarbonisation plans. But the scale and complexity of the transition remains unprecedented and it is characterised by huge risks and opportunities.

“As such, it has never been more important to bring together business leaders, policymakers, investors, and civil society to take on this shared challenge – and this is precisely what the Net Zero Festival will do.”

BusinessGreen is Europe’s leading sustainable business media brand, reaching hundreds of thousands of senior executives, policymakers, and green economy stakeholders each month, and hosting a series of high profile events, including the prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards.

The Festival agenda will centre on four Festival Streams, which will explore Net Zero Leadership, Net Zero Innovation, Net Zero Culture, and Net Zero Action. Consequently the day will provide a raft of invaluable insights for business leaders, covering everything from policy developments and investment trends to technology disruption and how to engage with the new wave of climate activism.

For more information go to netzerofestival.com.

For partnership and commercial information please contact Sam Richards at [email protected]

For further information about delegate places please contact Kristiyan Chovanski at [email protected]

Incisive Media closes on its goal to become a fully sustainable business

This is the latest step in Incisive’s mission to become fully-sustainable, following its 2019 commitment to delivering a sustainable events agenda in partnership with Ecosphere+. The business has also replaced single-use plastic magazine wrappers with a recycled paper alternative, in partnership with its printers Stephens & George.

Incisive Media is at the forefront of the low carbon economy. Its environmental brand BusinessGreen has been instrumental in persuading the UK government to adopt a net zero emission strategy in 2019. The brand is widely regarded as the most influential source of information for sustainability executives, clean tech entrepreneurs and environmental policymakers.

“A responsible approach to sustainability and the environment is essential to ensure the future growth of our business and the role that we play in the wider communities we serve,” said Incisive’s CEO Jonathon Whiteley. 

“Care for the environment goes hand in hand with being a responsible employer, partner and customer. We encourage and empower everyone who works at Incisive Media to be aware of how the work we do affects the wider society.”

Bulb buys its energy from independent renewable generators across the UK. It is accredited by carbon offset projects verified by the Gold Standard, the Verified Carbon Standard or the UNFCCC’s Clean Development Mechanism.

Incisive Media works with Ecosphere+ to offset its events’ carbon footprint. As part of the €100 million impact investment Althelia Climate Fund, Ecosphere+ brings to market the largest portfolio of forest conservation projects in the world, generating verified carbon credits and measurable sustainable development impacts. 

Incisive announced a pledge in 2019 that every event it organises will commit to working towards the International Standard ISO 20121 (Event Sustainability Management Systems). The business follows the guidance set out by the Sustainable Event Alliance (SEA) to deliver this strategy and champion the mission to create a genuinely-sustainable events business.

You can learn more about Incisive Media’s event sustainability plans by watching our video here.

Read Incisive’s full events sustainability statement here.

For more information about Business Green go to www.businessgreen.com.