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.

  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.
  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.

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.

  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.

  3. Changing sustainability behaviours and attitudes across a business is oft 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.

  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.

  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.

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?
  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.


  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?

  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.

  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.

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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...

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 what successful, responsible and purposeful business looks like through the lens of the UN Global Goals.
  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.

  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.

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.

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.

  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 batter storage to achieve clean growth.
  3. Session synopsis:

    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.

  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?
Innovation Theatre
  1. Energy and sustainability teams have been working on-site overnight with hackers and tech experts to solve real-world problems and accelerate the shift towards low-carbon, resource-efficient business models. This session will see some of the hackathon participants take to the stage to discuss how they’re progressing with their solutions in the areas of big data and flexible energy.
  2. 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.

  3. About how it doesn’t have to start with your idea – e.g. competitions, collaborations, internal innovation workshops etc.

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

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