Sustainability Keynote Theatre    

"Strategic insights to transform business, for good"

Circular Economy Theatre

"Accelerating the resource revolution"

Energy Theatre

"The place for clean, efficient and smart business ideas"

Innovation Theatre

"Harnessing technological breakthroughs for a sustainable future"

2019 Theatre Programme

Sustainability Keynote Theatre
  1. From Brexit and the 25-Year Environment Plan to climate change, resource scarcity and economic growth – this opening session of the Sustainability Keynote defines the external drivers, challenges and opportunities that are together shaping our green business future.

    Session chair: Belinda Gordon, Strategy director, Green Alliance 

  2. Throughout 2018-19, edie’s Mission Possible campaign has been inspiring and empowering businesses to be bold and ramp up their ambitions to achieve a sustainable future. Now, we must turn those ambitions into actions, and this session will hear from the business leaders and changemakers who are doing just that.

    Session chair: James Evison, Insight editor, edie

  3. What does it take to change behaviours and get key stakeholders engaged with sustainability? It’s the million-pound question facing sustainability and energy professionals across the country – and this session has the answers. From TCFD reporting to purpose-led behaviour change campaigns, these speakers have got it covered.

    Session chair: Iain Patton, Chief executive, EAUC 

  4. Corporate social responsibility (CSR) just doesn’t cut it anymore. As climate change, resource scarcity and social wellbeing become ever more business-critical issues, so organisations are moving beyond CSR-based approaches toward fully integrated sustainability strategies and purpose-driven business models. But what does this mean for the role of sustainability and CSR professionals at the heart of it all?

    How can momentum from the recent climate strikes and protests be harnessed to evolve an organisation’s sustainability strategy? Where should the sustainability department sit in this ‘post-CSR’ era? And ultimately, how should sustainability be effectively aligned with core business values and purpose? 

    Join edie’s content editor Matt Mace and our all-star cast of revered climate and sustainability leaders for this live podcast discussion about the future of green business – brought to you in association with facilities management company, Mitie.

Circular Economy Theatre
  1. Plastics pollution is without doubt the biggest circular economy conundrum business has ever faced, and our Circular Economy Theatre is the place to discuss the potential solutions. In the first of a special two-part debate, a selection of sustainability leaders and experts will provide a strategic-level view on how business can collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics.

    Session chair: Sian Sutherland, Co-Founder, A Plastic Planet

  2. Where to start... After years of uncertainty and complexity in the build-up to Brexit, this session seeks to provide the clarity we all need by hearing from a selection of environmental policymakers, industry leaders and resource efficiency experts about the UK’s resources and waste strategy.

    Session chair: Libby Forrest, Policy and parliamentary affairs officer, ESA

  3. Changing sustainability behaviours and attitudes across a business is often cited as the biggest challenge facing sustainability and resource efficiency professionals. In this session, we will explore how that engagement challenge can be turned into a golden opportunity for entire industries to go circular.

    Session chair: Trewin Restorick, Founder and chief executive, Hubbub

  4. With reports continuing to show that the vast majority of consumers have never heard of the ‘circular economy’, it’s no surprise that mainstreaming the concept remains a major challenge for business. This session will see industry experts discuss the role that sustainability and resource efficiency professionals can play in changing how people think and act towards the circular economy.

    Session chair: Trewin Restorick, Founder and chief executive, Hubbub

  5. It is imperative that we develop new ways of doing business to ensure growth does not come at the expense of the world's diminishing natural resources, and that businesses are benefitting all aspects society through sustainability and resource efficiency. In this final session of Day 1, we will hear from the organisations that are doing just that.

    Session chair: Jessica Stewart, Project manager, SYSTEMIQ 

Energy Theatre
  1. With reports confirming we are now off-track to meet our national emissions targets in the 2020s and 2030s, is the UK Government’s Clean Growth Strategy encouraging the right level of business action? Can legislative frameworks and schemes such as ESOS Phase 2, Streamlined Energy & Carbon Reporting and the Industrial Energy Transformation Fund help to pull us back on-track?

    Session chair: Frank Aaskov, Senior energy, climate and environment policy advisor, EEF

  2. Decarbonisation, decentralisation, digitisation and democratisation are together changing the way that energy is generated and used. Businesses now have more power than ever before in the energy market – and this session is all about seizing the opportunity to achieve a sustainable energy future, today.

    Session chair: Leonie Greene, Director, Solar Trade Association

  3. Aligning energy reduction targets with individuals’ motivations and behaviours is the holy grail for energy managers – but it is far more easily said than done. How can we make energy efficiency second-nature for employees? And, as new data management systems and technologies minimise the need for human intervention, will we need to change behaviours at all?

    Session chair: Lesley Rudd, Chief executive, Sustainable Energy Association

  4. The built environment is at the heart of our economic growth, but to achieve good development on a planet stressed by climate change and diminishing natural resources, our buildings must be low-carbon and ultra-efficient. This session will hear from the businesses that are leading the green building movement.

    Session chair: Munish Datta, Head of insight and membership, UK Green Building Council (UKGBC)

  5. From artificial intelligence and cloud-based systems through to the Internet of Things and building information modelling – the world of energy data is undergoing a huge transformation. This session will explore how energy managers can use data to drive down usage, increase efficiencies, and unlock new revenue-driving opportunities.

    Session chair: Professor Phil Hart, Director of energy and power, Cranfield University

Innovation Theatre
  1. Innovation isn’t just about deploying new technologies, it’s about developing new ways of thinking, fostering creativity and embracing disruption. In this opening session, a panel of sustainability and innovation experts will discuss how businesses can harness green innovation through the creation and development of ideas. Panellists will include the participants of the Future Systems Hackathon, which is taking place LIVE over the two days of the show.

    Session chair: Adam Woodhall, Advisor, activator and author, Inspiring Sustainability

  2. This session will hear from innovation experts across the areas of Government, business management and product development to explore what leadership looks like when it comes to harnessing technological breakthroughs for a sustainable future.

     Session chair: David Bent, Strategy advisor and social entrepreneur 

  3. The Fourth Industrial Revolution is upon us. Technological advancements are appearing rapidly and simultaneously across the globe, and organisations large and small are turning to the latest digital innovations to gain strategic advantage over their counterparts. This session explores how these innovations can help to drive more sustainable manufacturing processes.

    Session chair: David Bent, Strategy advisor and social entrepreneur 

  4. edie Live 2019 is all about turning ambitions into actions, and in this session we’ll hear from three organisations that are doing just that, with in-depth case studies offering up real-life examples of how innovative technologies and systems can be applied across the spectrum of sustainable business.

    Session chair: Harsh Pershad, Senior innovation lead (energy), UKRI INNOVATEUK

  5. At an edie Energy Leaders Club event late last year, former National Grid boss Steve Holliday championed the role that businesses and innovators have played in igniting a "chaotic revolution" in the energy sector – whether that be through decentralisation, smart grid technologies or clean energy systems. In this session, we hear from three of those energy innovation champions...

    Session chair: Harsh Pershad, Senior innovation lead (energy), UKRI INNOVATEUK

Sustainability Keynote Theatre
  1. 'SDG Day' on the Sustainability Keynote stage kicks off with an all-star cast of eminent business leaders and sustainable development experts who will together explore what successful, responsible and purposeful business looks like through the lens of the UN Global Goals.

    Session chair: Emily Auckland, Network director & co-chair, UKSSD

  2. Some 10,000+ companies around the world have now pledged to support the SDGs in some shape or form, but a huge proportion are yet to set any measurable targets to achieve the Goals or measure progress against them. This session will showcase the businesses that are using the SDG framework to drive positive ACTION, and already seeing the results.

    Session chair: Emily Auckland, Network director & co-chair, UKSSD

  3. The way business identifies and manages its impacts on people is a powerful extra force driving progress towards the SDGs, and could unlock new markets and drive growth. In this one-hour session, we’ll hear from social sustainability experts and business leaders on how to proactively manage impacts on employees, workers in the value chain, customers and local communities.

    Session chair: Gudrun Cartwright, Environment director, Business in the Community (BITC)

  4. edie's 30 Under 30 is a dynamic new community of young, talented sustainability and energy professionals aged under 30 who have already achieved great things and are showing fantastic promise. In this inspiring final session of the show, a panel of these youthful visionaries will discuss what the future holds for corporate sustainability.

    Session chair: Luke Nicholls, Content director, edie

Circular Economy Theatre
  1. Every revolution needs its leaders. And when it comes to the global resource revolution, those leaders are the businesses that are redesigning systems, shaking up business models and embracing a zero-waste mindset. This first session of Day 2 will hear from the inspirational business leaders that are accelerating the circular economy transition.

    Session chair: Laure Cucuron, General manager, TerraCycle Europe

  2. This session is the second of a special two-part debate, with a fresh selection of sustainability leaders and experts ready to provide a strategic-level view on how business can collaborate, innovate and actuate to eliminate single-use plastics. 

    Session chair: Paul Vanston, Chief Executive, Industry Council for Packaging and the Environment (INCPEN) 

  3. The need to adopt transparent and sustainable supply chain and procurement models has never been more important in the context of our circular economy transition. This session will hear from a selection of sustainability and supply chain experts who are taking the lead on supplier engagement to drive resource efficiency and enhance sustainable development.   

    Session chair: Dr Rosanna Cole, Lecturer in sustainable supply chain management, Surrey Business School 

  4. Small businesses and public-sector organisations are the backbone of the UK economy, with the former representing more than 99% of businesses and the latter providing the vital services that keep the country going. In this focused session, we’ll hear from sustainability professionals across both sectors to explore the barriers and opportunities facing the circular economy transition. 

    Session chair: Steve Read, Vice chair, ADEPT’s Waste Group and Director of energy, waste and environment, West Sussex County Council 

Energy Theatre
  1. Devising and delivering a comprehensive energy efficiency strategy is no easy task for any organisation, no matter its size or sector. This opening session of the day will hear from energy leaders from three different industries, to showcase exactly what makes a successful energy strategy.

    Session chair: Nick Turton, External affairs director, Energy Institute 

  2. Renewable energy costs are tumbling and new approaches to energy management such as battery storage are offering new ways for organisations to build resilience whilst cutting costs and increasing revenues. This session gives you everything you need to know about renewable energy and battery storage to achieve clean growth.

    Session chair: Joanna Wade, Deputy director, Association for Decentralised Energy 

  3. Transport is responsible for a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions – but the solutions are ready, here, now. This session will see fleet managers and energy experts share their experiences of business fleet electrification, and discuss the steps that can be taken to accelerate the e-mobility transition.

    Chair: Luke Redfern, Regional account manager, transport, Energy Saving Trust

  4. What does the energy system of the future look like? Will blockchain, the Internet of Things and AI be the norm? What impact will this have on the national grid? And – crucially – what does all of this mean for the role of the energy manager?

    Session chair: Susanne Baker, Head of programme, environment and compliance, techUK

  5. 30 Under 30 is a dynamic new community of young, talented sustainability and energy professionals aged under 30 who have already achieved great things and are showing fantastic promise. In this inspiring final session of the Energy Theatre, a panel of these youthful visionaries will discuss what the future holds for energy management.

    Session chair: Sarah George, Reporter, edie
Innovation Theatre
  1. The retail sector is going through a period of great transformation. Amid an ever-changing backdrop of new shopping habits, disruptive new business models and the prolific growth of digital retail, this session will explore the innovation opportunities that lie in waiting for British retailers to achieve a sustainable future, today. 

    Session chair: Ivana Gazibara, Associate director, Forum for the Future

  2. Innovation for sustainability doesn’t always start with your idea - in fact, many of the best sustainable innovation projects have been delivered through competitions, collaborations or community engagement programmes. In this session, we’ll hear from a spread of organisations that are utilising ‘people power’ to drive towards a more sustainable future for their sectors.  

    Session chair: Dr Mike Pitts, Deputy challenge director - transforming construction, Innovate UK 

  3. Business as usual is no longer good enough for businesses when it comes to environmental stewardship and climate mitigation. In a world press by resource constraints and energy intensive operations, the need is clear for organisations to take the innovation ‘leap of faith’ and accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.

    This podcast episode, brought to you in association with facilities management company Mitie, brings together an array of sustainability and energy managers, innovators and experts to discuss how businesses can build the business case for innovation and then scale-up innovative new products and services to bring about drastic improvements to resource use and carbon footprints.

  4. The scourge of single-use plastics shows no signs of abating, leaving many businesses caught between a rock and a hard place; committing to plastic phase-outs in response to consumer pressures whilst desperately seeking solutions and trying to avoid unintended consequences. The answer: innovation. This session will hear from a variety of perspectives on how sustainable product and packaging innovations could solve the plastics crisis.

    Session chair: Rob Holdway, Director, Giraffe Innovation 

  5. Post-hackathon discussion about the results and what happens next.

    Session chair: Adam Woodhall, Advisor, activator and author, Inspiring Sustainability




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