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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 enable the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and reduces waste, while remaining economically viable and competitive.

In recent weeks we have seen the Government setting out its vision for tackling the climate crisis, bringing forward the UK’s phase-out of diesel and petrol vehicles by five years to 2035 and accelerating the phase-out of coal-fired power by a year to 2024, to name a few of the raft of new initiatives.

With the direction of travel set to go further than the Clean Growth Strategy (Oct 2017) recommendations - and with the Government legislating that the UK have net zero emissions by 2050 – it is clear that UK business needs to look inward to explore how they are addressing their own environmental impact, to ensure they remain competitive, relevant and sustainable.

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.

With thanks to Chamber Strategic Partner and Headline Sponsor:

And venue host sponsor, Derby College Corporate Group:



Who should attend:

With the growing narrative around climate change and the environmental impact attributed to business growth, this conference is aimed at business leaders, operations managers/directors, facilities management, waste management, supply chain and procurement,  innovators, investors, academia, energy management, project managers, environmentalists and policy makers to understand how to develop strategies.

Why attend:

On the day 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.  On the day delegates will:

  • Hear from exemplar organisations in the field of sustainable business practices
  • Understand how the sector can develop a more sustainable future and influence the future direction of policy
  • Explore the business opportunities with regards to the growing demand for environmental supply chain compliance 
  • Hear how we must address the future skills needs that will arise from the developing low carbon economy
  • Understand how an organisations financial health is increasingly measured to include their environmental footprint and what this means in real terms
  • Take part in Q&A sessions
  • Network with like-minded organisations, developing beneficial contacts over refreshments and lunch

Speakers and panellists from:


  • Registration, teas, coffees and networking
  • Welcome and purpose of the Summit – Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire) and Welcome from venue host and sponsor – Peter Lawrence, Business Development Director, Derby College Group
  • Welcome and update of regional activity in supporting the transition to a low carbon economy - Dr. Fred Paterson, Associate Professor, Sustainable Business and the Green Economy, Low Carbon Business Network Lead
  • Progressing the next steps for a productive, resilient and resource-efficient future - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Design and Production Sector’s Lead on Sustainable Manufacturing - Professor Peter Ball, Professor of Operations Management, Director of Business and Community Engagement, University of York
  • Sustainable Supply Chains - compliance to remain competitive - Dr Jay Daniel, Senior Lecturer in Logistics and Supply Chain

Improving energy efficiency and waste management are crucial for sustainable development in supply chains. A well-managed reverse logistics and waste systems can result in significant cost savings in supply chain including procurement, manufacturing, disposal, inventory holding, transportation, etc. 

  • Panel discussion #1 -  “Making the change” -  Chaired by Chris Hobson, Director of Policy and External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)
  • Dr Fred Patterson – Associate Professor, Sustainable Business and the Green Economy, Low Carbon Business Network Lead
  • Professor Peter Ball - Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Design and Production Sector’s Lead on Sustainable Manufacturing
  • Paul Harris - Chairman of the D2N2 Innovation Advisory Board
  • Business Representation (tbc)

Q&A with the audience

This panel will explore the steps we need to take to support the sector to make the transition to a low carbon economy, where growth and decarbonisation can co-exist and how we bring those, who feel this agenda is not relevant to their organisation, to the table.

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

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).

We will hear about the response to global challenges which require global responses. This includes supporting an international initiative that encourages firms around the world to disclose more information on the financial risks from climate change.

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

Announced in 2015, the Toyota global Environmental Challenge 2050 comprises six challenges. They cover every aspect of its business, covering exploration of new products and technologies, and their role as an enabler for individuals and communities to learn about and improve the natural world around them.

Furthermore, in 2018 it established its global 2030 mid-term targets for each of the six environmental challenges - these are based on the current situation of Toyota and societal trends, and aim to help them realise its Environmental Challenge 2050.

  • Delivering the skills required to develop a more sustainable and environmentally friendly business model – Martin Baxter, Chief Policy Advisor, IEMA* (Institute for Environmental Management & Assessment)

Significant changes in business models and production processes will create opportunities, and also threats to those not able to operate as the economy shifts towards a sustainable future.

In this presentation we will explore what action needs to be taken by government, business and the education sector to ensure that the UK workforce is equipped to take on the jobs required in a sustainable economy.

*IEMA are the worldwide alliance of environment and sustainability professionals, working to make businesses and organisations future-proof.

  • Panel discussion #2: Engaging businesses in the “green agenda” and ensuring we have the skills necessary to take advantage of future opportunities – Chaired by Dr. Fred Paterson, Associate Professor, Sustainable Business and the Green Economy, Low Carbon Business Network Lead
  • Peter Lawrence - Business Development Director, Derby College Group
  • Martin Baxter - Chief Policy Advisor - IEMA
  • Dr Daniel Summerbell - Research Associate, University of Cambridge 
  • Keith Cox - Director, Bloc Digital

Q&A with the Audience

This panel will explore how we create an environment that supports the business community to make the transition to a low carbon economy.

  • Close – buffet lunch, networking
  • On the day we will also launch our new "Environmental Impact Award"  which will form part of our annual Business Awards across the three counties.


Thanks to our Exhibitors:

Conference Package:

Delegate price includes all refreshments and a buffet lunch 

Exhibitor Opportunities:

Our exhibitor opportunities are now fully 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. Five 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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