Empowering sustainability leaders

The Business Leadership Day is packed with high-level keynotes, thought-provoking panel discussions and practical masterclasses – all of which will empower you to drive a green recovery from Covid-19 and accelerate climate action in the 2020s.  

Day 1 – Business Leadership

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Exhibitor zone open

9:30 am - 9:35 am

Welcome & introduction

9:35 am - 9:45 am

Speed networking

9:45 am - 10:05 am


Climate emergency response: Assessing the UK’s progress towards net-zero

We begin with a keynote talk and Q&A session with the chairman of the committee which advises the Government on how it can reduce emissions to net-zero before 2050. How has the Covid-19 pandemic impacted the UK’s decarbonisation pathway? And what must happen next at a policy level to accelerate the net-zero transition? Lord Deben sets the scene for Net-Zero Live 2020.


  • Lord Deben

    Lord Deben
    Chairman - Committee on Climate Change

10:05 am - 10:50 am

Panel discussion

The Decade of Delivery: Business Leadership for a Net-Zero Economy

This live and interactive panel discussion is all about making net-zero ‘Mission Possible’ for your business. Our panel of sustainable business leaders and climate experts will discuss how environmental and social sustainability can be aligned with core purpose, and explore exactly what makes a successful sustainability strategy in the 2020s.

Discussion points:

  • Sustainable business and the green recovery: What happens next
  • The known unknowns: Setting bold new targets for your business
  • From SBTs to SDGs: Using global standards and frameworks to your advantage this decade


10:50 am - 11:15 am

BREAK – Speed networking, Exhibitor zone

11:15 am - 12:00 pm

45-Minute Masterclass

How to build a successful net-zero strategy for your business

This Masterclass will help sustainability and energy professionals who are starting out on their net-zero journey and seeking to develop or refine a carbon-reduction strategy for their business. The 45-Minute session will include advice on auditing your energy estate, measuring and monitoring energy-related emissions across all three Scopes, and setting decarbonisation targets.

Discussion points:

  • The key ingredients of a highly successful net-zero carbon strategy
  • Discovering and diagnosing current energy-related issues
  • Getting engagement on net-zero from your board and colleagues

Chaired by: Matt Mace, Content editor, edie


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

BREAK – Speed networking, Exhibitor zone

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Open roundtables

Roundtable 1: What does great communication and collaboration look like in the age of coronavirus?

The era of standalone sustainability strategies confined to a single person or department is over. The real leaders of the 2020s will be those with the skill to communicate their strategy effectively, and the will to partner with a range of other organisations to drive sustainability at speed and scale. This open roundtable discussion will explore what that leadership looks like.

The roundtable will consist of a group of sustainability and energy experts, hand-picked by edie. All other attendees are able to sit in on the conversation, share their own ideas, and ask questions throughout the one-hour session.

Discussion points:

  • How to communicate effectively in the ‘working-from-home’ economy
  • Finding the right partners to meet environmental and societal needs
  • What great cross-sector collaboration looks like

Participants include:

Sam Preston, Behaviour Change Officer, Nottingham City Council
Molly Hogg, Low Carbon Communities Project Manager, Cumbria Action for Sustainability
Duncan East, Head of Sustainability, Marwell Wildlife
Olivia Green, Sustainability Adviser, Wessex Water
Karen Pulley, Sustainability Champion, Consilient Health
Siân Richards, Head of Sustainability, Olympia London
Christine Colvin, Director of Partnerships & Communications, The Rivers Trust
Phil Holdgate, Project Lead, ITV Studios
Hannah Mann, Fit for the Future Project Officer, National Trust

Chaired by: Luke Nicholls, Content director, edie
Industry expert: George Richards, Director, JRP Solutions


Roundtable 2: The “S” in ESG: How can we ensure a fair, just transition to net-zero?

How can a business manage its relationships with its workforce, the societies in which it operates, and the political environment? This is the central question behind the “S” in Environmental and Social Governance (ESG), and the core focus of this open roundtable discussion.

The roundtable will consist of a group of sustainability and energy experts, hand-picked by edie. All other attendees are able to sit in on the conversation, share their own ideas, and ask questions throughout the one-hour session.

Discussion points:

  • The rising importance of social sustainability issues, and how to manage them
  • What good corporate governance looks like in the wake of Covid-19
  • Where social sustainability sits on the road to net-zero business

Participants include:

Lucy Klinkenberg-Matthews, Head of GRC & Sustainability, Paragon Customer Communications
Golnaz Ighany, Sustainability Manager, Stanton Williams
Jessica Verdon, Social Sustainability Manager, Multiplex Construction Europe
Wim Van Hyfte, Global Head of ESG Investments and Research, Candriam
Franziska Jahn-Madell, Director – Responsible Investment, Ruffer LLP
Amy Greenacre, Head of Brand and Impact, World of Books Group

Chaired by: Matt Mace, Content editor edie
Industry expert: Aya Sakamoto, Product Manager / Principal Consultant, Ditto Sustainability

2:00 pm

Close of day 1