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Summit Aims to Explore Green Supply Chain Opportunities

An event to help SMEs access new opportunities in the low carbon supply chain takes place in Derby later this month.

The Chamber is hosting a Sustainability Summit, sponsored by the University of Derby, to enable SMEs to gain a fuller understanding of the demands of larger businesses and the public sector when it comes to procuring low carbon goods and services (LCEGS).

Across the East Midlands, more than 1,500 businesses employ 35,000 people to supply LCEGS to a range of sectors, with recent Chamber research showing that more than 40% of those firms anticipate a growth in demand for their services in the year ahead.

The event takes place between 8am and 11.30am, on 24 September, at the University of Derby’s Enterprise Centre. It is being supported by a host of local organisations, including Network Rail, Carillion, Investors in the Environment, NetPositive, the Low Carbon Hub, Nottingham Trent University, Responsible Solutions, Potter Clarkson and Microlise.

The agenda will include presentations from:

  • Jerome Baddley, Director of NetPositive and Chairman of the Chamber's Sustainability Forum and D2N2 LEP's Low Carbon Sector Group
  • Dr Fred Paterson, of Business Innovation for a Low Carbon Economy, University of Derby
  • Richard John, Environment Manager at Network Rail
  • Rachael Riley, Sustainability Manager at Carillion
  • James Upstill-Goddard, Research Engineer at Responsible Solutions
  • Liz Thompson, Environmental Compliance Officer at Nottingham Trent University

Delegates can take part in workshops covering a range of issues including the fast-tracking of green patents, the role of telematics in reducing carbon emissions in vehicle fleets, construction supply chain - building affordable new carbon-neutral homes, the Energy Savings Opportunity Scheme (ESOS), and carbon footprinting for SMEs.

The event will also see the launch of a low carbon hub – a regional support agency for growing low carbon businesses.

Chris Hobson, the Chamber’s Director of Policy, said: “The green business sector is key to the future economy and this event is all about helping local firms to become more efficient, increase their margins and save money by tapping in to some of the expertise on offer from local businesses and other organisations.

“One of the greatest challenges in ‘greening’ supply chains is helping smaller suppliers to demonstrate their low carbon credentials in order to access the supply chain.

“This event will present the needs of larger businesses and public services for LCEGS and encourage more local SMEs to service the growing low carbon economy in the East Midlands through a range of presentations, workshops and exhibitions.”

Places at the event cost £20+VAT for Chamber members and £75+VAT for non-members and can be booked online here.