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East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2020 - Sustainable Manufacturing

Event Information:

Type: Information and Policy

Venue: The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, Derby City

Date: Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Time: 8:30am - 1:00pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: £25.00+VAT

Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT

Sustainable Manufacturing in the East Midlands

This year’s conference will focus on some of the strategies, efficiencies and support available to business which enables the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and looks to reduce waste, whilst remaining economically viable and competitive.


With thanks to Chamber Strategic Partner and Headline Sponsor:

And venue host sponsor, Derby College Corporate Group:


Sometimes described as the three “P’s” (People, Profit, Planet) or also known as the three pillars of social, economic and environment – the conference will explore, through a range of keynote presentations and panel discussions, the elements that will ensure the East Midlands is at the forefront of the national and international drive to operate in increasingly more environmentally manner, along with exploring the associated business benefits.

With its manufacturing heritage, innovative business and academic base, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients to be at the forefront of driving forward the future of sustainable manufacturing and transitioning to a low carbon economy.

To put in context the Business Sector accounts for around 18 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, so the time to develop long term carbon reduction strategies, to reduce the impact of Climate Change is definitely upon us and cannot be ignored. We may also see increased regulation and legislation in response to plans set out in October 2019, by the government, to tackle climate change as a response to the recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). With the direction of travel going further than the Clean Growth Strategy (Oct 2017) - and with the government  legislating that the UK have net zero emissions by 2050 - the businesses that plan to address how they become more efficient and environmentally aware will find it easier to transition to a low carbon economic model.

Speakers include:

On the day the conference will:

  • Look at the support available to the manufacturing sector to implement changes in their practices to transition to a low carbon economic model, to understand the opportunities and threats with regards to costs savings, to supply chain management, procurement opportunities, health and wellbeing and reputational impact
  • Explore how OEMs will push down environmental demands through the  supply chain
  • Explore how we develop and maintain robust links between academia and business to use the wealth of knowledge and support available from the Universities in the East Midlands, especially how we envisage the circa £2bn investment slated for development of low carbon technologies
  • Explore how the business community can influence the future direction of policy with regards to sustainable, low carbon legislation, to ensure it is fit for purpose
  • Understand how business and local/national government can work together to become more sustainable
  • Hear about how to address the future skills needs that will arise from the developing low carbon economy
  • Understand the developing green finance models and how an organisations financial health may be measured to include their environmental footprint
  • Provide exemplar case studies
  • Enable networking with your peers over refreshments and a buffet lunch

Exhibitors to date:

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Agenda (to be finalised)

  • Progressing the next steps for a productive, resilient and resource-efficient future - Delivered by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Design and Production Sector’s Lead on sustainable manufacturing, Professor Peter Ball.

Reducing the impact of the manufacturing industry through proactive resource efficiency measures is enabling many businesses to save money, improve flow and create new opportunities.

This will be an overview of the recently published report (Nov 2019) which was inspired by their earlier report ‘Sustainable manufacturing – the next steps’, this thought piece from the IET Design and Production Sector provides a glimpse of what can be achieved.

  • Why does the Bank of England think climate change is important? Jo Muir, Bank of England

Severe climatic changes could impact the economy in various ways, whether it’s affecting total economic activity, the productivity of the workforce or the smooth functioning of financial markets.

An important angle for the Bank of England is the risks that climate change poses for the stability of the financial system. Physical risks can arise from events like storms, floods and droughts. Meanwhile, transition risks can arise from changes in policy (such as the Paris Agreement) and technology (such as the growth of renewable energy).

In this presentation we will hear how are these financial risks relevant to the Bank’s work especially in relation to their responsibility for making sure that individual banks, insurance companies and other financial institutions are safe and sound – and that they can remain open for business.

The BoE are working with other central banks, financial regulators and other relevant partners to help reduce the overall risks to the financial system as a whole. This includes supporting an international initiative that encourages firms around the world to disclose more information on the financial risks from climate change.

  • Developing Sustainable Supply Chains/the Circular Economy Approach - Dr Jay Daniel, Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain

The University of Derby is actively involved in industrial projects where they combine knowledge, expertise and industrial experience in operations management to help organisations achieve excellence in their internal functions and supply chains and has a specialism in circular economy approach to manufacturing. 

The final detail of this presentation is to be confirmed in due course.

  • Delivering a sustainable business model, the business case - John Maplas, Section Manager, Environmental Management, Toyota Motor Manufacturing

We will hear from a global organisation as to how the will deliver against their Environmental Challenge 2050/2030 milestones - full agenda detail to be confirmed 

  • Delivering the skills required to develop a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business model (speaker tbc)
  • Various panel discussions and  Q & A through out the conference
  • Buffet lunch, networking

Conference Package:

Delegate price includes all refreshments including a buffet lunch plus networking opportunties.

Exhibitor Opportunities:

Our exhibitor opportunities are now all booked, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list please email your interest to

Sponsorship Opportunities: 

We have one final sponsorship opportunity available for this event - to find out more about this package please contact or call 0333 320 0333 ext. 2006 

Confirmation of your booking:

A full confirmation with parking and directions will be emailed to delegates approx. 5 working days prior to the event - an invoice for your delegate place(s), will be emailed to you once your booking has been processed.  We ask that all invoices are paid prior to attending the conference.


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