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Sustainability Summit: Why clean growth is good for business

Event Information:

Venue: Eastwood Hall, NG16 3SS, Nottinghamshire

Date: Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Time: 8:30am - 1:30pm

Available To: Members and Non Members

Member Price: FREE

Non-Member Price: FREE

Please note: This event is now fully booked, if you would like to be placed on a waiting list please email

This year’s Summit, delivered in partnership with the *ERDF Low Carbon Business Network (hosted by the University of Derby) will build on last year’s successful event and will focus on how environmental sustainability and clean growth is now so much more than the need to fulfil regulatory compliance but are becoming an intrinsic element to any business growth strategy and offer untapped potential to re-energise your business performance. 


Through a series of keynote speakers, panel discussions and workshops the Summit will:

  • Explore why clean growth should be intrinsic to any business growth strategy;
  • Link productivity and performance gains with environmental sustainability;
  • Provide detail on how to develop and grow a sustainable business profile;
  • Discuss the benefits of getting it right, and the consequences of getting it wrong;
  • Understand how future energy markets may impact your indirect costs;
  • Hear from exemplar organisations on why they build sustainability into their business plans and future vision – exploring the wide range of business benefits and
  • Provide delegates with a range of information about the support available to assist in achieving clean growth goals.


From Office of National Statistics figures released in May 2017 we can see that the Low Carbon Environments Goods and Services sector contributed £62.5 billion of output to the UK economy in 2015, growing 27% between 2010 and 2015 and contributing around 335,000 FTE jobs in 2015.

“The opportunity for people and business across the country is huge. The low carbon economy could grow 11 per cent per year between 2015 and 2030, four times faster than the projected economy as a whole” – Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy – Clean Growth Strategy.

It’s clear that business is waking up to the range of benefits that being green can bring to the table, in areas such as reducing energy costs, reducing waste, bringing innovative products to market, raising brand awareness, being procurement compliant and making your organisation an attractive proposition for the recruitment of new employees.

As highlighted in HM Government Clean Growth Strategy, economic growth has to go hand-in-hand with environmental protection, this is why clean growth is put in the centre of their current Industrial Strategy, with a mission to improve quality of life as well as increasing economic prosperity.

What is clear from a business and environmental perspective is that the option to stand still has long since passed. The business community must act on our promises to preserve and enhance the natural environment to provide a legacy for generations to come. This Summit asks how our business community can become a flagship example of this endeavor.



  • Welcome and Opening Address – Scott Knowles, Chief Executive, East Midlands Chamber (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire)

  • The Rise of the pro-environmental business activity in the region: trend overview and policy implications

Dr Fred Paterson, ERDF Low Carbon Business Network Project Lead and Dr Polina Baranova, Senior Lecturer in Strategic Management, University of Derby Business School and ERDF Low Carbon Business Network

This session will provide an overview of the pro-environmental business activity in the region, including energy efficiency and sector specific trends.

An overview of the independent analysis of original data, taken from the Chambers Quarterly Economic Survey over a three year period is to be presented and discussed in the context of the Clean Growth priority area of the UK Industrial Strategy and the regional ambitions towards sustainable growth. Drawing from the analysis, a number of recommendations will be drawn for regional business and policy-makers to further accelerate the shift towards the low carbon economy. A multi-level approach to supporting local businesses towards clean growth is advocated.

  • Solving the productivity and clean growth puzzle – Martin Tufft, Director for the Internet of Things (IoT), BT plc

As a major telecommunications company it’s not surprising that over 90 per cent of BT’s carbon emissions come from the energy they use. They have the second largest commercial fleet in the UK, with 26,000 vehicles. And their own operations make up 6.7 per cent of the total carbon they are responsible for.

Also as one of the top energy users in the UK, BT feel they have a big responsibility to keep looking for ways they can reduce what they use.

With this in mind, they have set a new 2030 target for creating less waste, cutting carbon emissions and increasing fuel efficiency, as explained in their “Delivering our Purpose report”

Martin will explore some of the following key points in this space, summarising:

  • BT’s history of climate action

  • Their commitment to renewables and why it benefits our business

  • Their award-winning approach to engaging our suppliers on sustainability

  • Linking environmental performance to business growth – the BT “3 to 1 target”

  • How their products and services help customers reduce their environmental impact

  • How the IoT can support the transition to a low carbon economy

  • In conversation with Martin Rigley, MBE, Managing Director of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd

An insightful conversation between Martin Rigley and Dr Fred Paterson about the rise of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd as one of the regional sustainability champions. The journey from mining to bespoke innovative engineering solutions with sustainability focus in heart and mind is a fascinating example of transformation.

  • Refreshment and exhibitors (a range of 20 exhibitors will be available on the day for delegates to engage with)
  • Breakout, workshop of choice: 
    • Strengthening responsible supply chains across the region -  the approach towards strengthening responsible supply chains in the region, which is exercised as part of the ERDF Low Carbon Business Networks project hosted by the University of Derby. The project provides assistance towards strengthening capabilities of SMEs in becoming a part of the responsible supply chains in the region and nationally. Green Growth Accelerator events are part of the ERDF Low Carbon Business Networks project offer and, thus far, they have been instrumental in building SMEs' confidence and capabilities to strengthening the sustainable growth in the region - Dr Fred Paterson and Dr Polina Baranova, Kay Walker - ERDF Low Carbon Networks Project, Derby Business School, University of Derby

    • Sustainable Cultures - Nottingham City Council’s Energy Services will provide a brief overview of local and national drivers and policy, and the support and services they offer to businesses so they can improve their sustainability and bottom-line. This informative and engaging session will help businesses access key information and practices and be able to feedback on policies and future initiatives regarding sustainability. Energy management, behaviour change, audits, grants, inspections and renewable energy systems are just some of the services NCC deliver and they are looking forward to exploring about how they can achieve a sustainable, low carbon future together with businesses - Jonathan Ward, Nottingham City Council

    • Exploring how to fulfil the infrastructure demands for Ultra Low Emission Vehicles (ULEV) Robert Anderson, Cenex - Cenex are independent, not-for-profit, low carbon technology experts

  • Transportation as part of the green agenda, building a sustainable business model – Shammi Raichura, Regional Cities Lead, Central UK, Uber

A transportation system based on personal car use is inefficient and unsustainable. Can a future with more shared and active mobility mean cleaner, happier cities?

Our current mobility system is centred on throngs of individuals in their own personal cars, it is not only inefficient, and it’s simply unsustainable for our future cities.

Uber’s goal is to make every journey a shared one and through their networks and technology they aim to help more people move with fewer, fuller, and more efficient cars, we can save fuel and improve air quality with every trip.

As an organisation Uber is putting substantial amounts of money behind developing sustainable and alternative transportation options over the next three years.

In London they recently launched their clean air plan aimed at tackling air pollution in the capital. Additional charges per trip will be added to its customer’s fares to help drivers buy electric cars. Uber hopes to create a £200m fund from the levy to encourage almost half of its 50,000 drivers to use fully electric vehicles by 2021. The firm hopes its London fleet will be fully electric by 2025.

Shammi will provide delegates with an overview of the direction of travel Uber will be taking to ensure that their offer is sustainable and environmentally friendly, also why Uber see investing in sustainable, low carbon transport solutions is good for business.

  • Energy tariffs and future trends - Gary Highton, Head of Energy Services, Utility Alliance

An insight into the direction of travel in the energy markets and tariffs, this information can be used to inform the requirement of future energy saving activities within your business


*The Low Carbon Business Network is where businesses of all sizes and sectors can learn more about embracing the shift towards a low carbon economy. It is part of the D2EE Low Carbon Project, which is a collaboration between the University of Derby, Derby City and Derbyshire County Councils. The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to deliver free support for eligible SMEs in the D2N2 area. To find put more about the Low Carbon Business Network, or to join, go to:

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