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Environment Analyst Business Summit 2020
 
Leading the Transition

Wednesday, 24 June

Programme

09:00

Morning Chair’s Keynote Address: 

 

Nick Molho, Executive Director, Aldersgate Group

SESSION 1: ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY FRAMEWORK, DRIVERS & DISRUPTORS

09:30

Outlining Key Environmental Policy Drivers & Priorities

  • Update on current and impending environmental policy & regulatory developments and other key forces for change 

  • Pinpointing key opportunities and challenges for the UK environmental industry sector post-Brexit:

    • how will environmental regulation be approached and managed? 

    • what will be the key Government focus?

    • what should the UK be taking to the table at COP26?

  • Assessing how implementation of the 25 Year Environment Plan, Environment Bill, Net Zero & related initiatives are progressing

    • collaborative approaches and priorities for achieving net zero

Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission

Q&A

10:40

Morning Refreshments & Networking

SESSION 2: MARKET STRUCTURE & FUTURE OUTLOOK

11:10

Reviewing the State of the Environmental Consultancy Market and Outlook

  • Decade in review and look forward to what’s in store for the 2020s

  • Examining the current sector structure and industry rankings in the context of recent M&A activity

  • Assessing key policy developments, business drivers and how to respond:

    • identifying emerging trends and market forecasts

    • pinpointing where key growth opportunities and challenges lie

    • managing disruptors and emerging risks 

  • Update on the global environmental consultancy services market dynamics; leading players, sector specific insight, regional hot spots, emerging trends and opportunities

Ross Griffiths, Research & Editorial Manager, Environment Analyst 

Jessica Barclay, Managing Partner, Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

Q&A

SESSION 3: THE INDUSTRY RESPONSE

11:50

Industry Panel Discussion  

Industry panellists will offer their perspective on current and future market and policy drivers and the business response, sharing insight into how their companies are responding to different threats and opportunities.

Alex Ferguson, Managing Director, Delta-Simons Environmental Consultants

Philip Stewart, Senior Partner, ERM

12:35

Networking Lunch

13:30

Welcome Back from the Afternoon Chair

Peter Skinner, Chief Operating Officer, SLR

SESSION 4: DRIVING THE CLIMATE & ESG AGENDA

13:35

Strategies for Taking the Lead on the Climate Change, ESG & Net Zero Agenda

  • Determining what “Net Zero” actually means practically for the consulting & professional services sector, both internally and in the services offered to clients

  • Strategies for helping clients to better understand, and respond, to climate change 

    • defining “sustainability” and what it means for different stakeholders

    • developing positive sustainability strategies integrated into project deliverables 

  • Assessing who is leading the race to date - examples of success strategies

  • Examining how more transparent reporting can be achieved and the tools and guidance available
    to enable this:

    • monetising natural capital and biodiversity net gain to inform the business case

    • devising a comparable set of methods and metrics   

  • Assessing what is required from ESG data and goals to really drive the sustainability agenda forward 

  • Showing value-driven leadership in response to an increasingly environmentally-motivated workforce and activist agenda; the ‘challenge of challenging’ clients to adopt alternative solutions 

Dr Geoff Mackey, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability Director, BASF

15:20

Panel Q&A Discussion

SESSION 5: ROUNDTABLES

16:00

Interactive Roundtable Discussion Session

An opportunity to discuss a relevant topic in a more informal, participative format. Delegates may choose one roundtable to attend, and each table will be hosted by a facilitator to lead discussion, encourage optimum debate and exchange of ideas.

A. What Does the Future Environmental Consultant Look like? Best Practice Solutions for Developing A Diverse & Flexible Team  

Exploring what motivates environmental professionals and how this changes throughout their career, as well as innovative techniques for improving staff engagement, retention & progression, and future-proofing your skills capability.  

 

B.  Exploring Alternative Partnerships & Coalitions To Maximise Collaborative Value & Accelerate Innovation 

Matthew Farrow, Executive Director, Environmental Industries Commission

 

C. Making Sustainability Relevant - How to Create the Right Package & Reach the Right People

Effectively translating the SDGs into tangible business and productivity goals as part of the environmental consultancy offering. Exploring the changes required in positioning, charging and language used to reach the C-suite and key decision-makers within client organisations.

Ben Murray, CEO, Avieco

 

D. Optimising SMEs Position in the Market – Challenges & Opportunities 

Best practice strategies for recruitment & retention, keeping up with the pace of technological advances, addressing procurement challenges and delivering value to both clients and employees.

Chris Fry, Managing Director, Accelar 

 

E. Financing & Developing Growth Strategies 

Andreas Georgoulias, Director of International, Environmental Financial Consulting Group (EFCG)

 

F. Practicalities of Applying A Natural Capital Approach & Measuring Environmental Impacts 

Exploring how the tools available can be used effectively to enable better decision-making and help deliver a zero carbon economy.

Robert Spencer, Director, Sustainable Development, AECOM

 

G. Effectively Integrating, Quantifying & Communicating Social Value in Development Projects 

 

H. Strategies for Maximising Opportunities & Responding to Challenges Internationally

16:50

Afternoon Refreshments & Networking

17:10

Roundtable Feedback

 

Each roundtable facilitator will share the key learning points from their table discussion with the audience

SESSION 6: DELIVERING THE DIGITAL REVOLUTION

17:35

Exploring How Digital Innovation can Effectively Transform Future Environmental Projects & Data Management & Accelerate the Net Zero Transition

18:15

Closing Remarks from the Chair

Close of Summit - Please join us in the Conservatory for a Networking Drinks Reception