Date: 6th March 2019, 8.30am – 1.30pm Location: Eastwood Hall NG16 3SS
Delivered in partnership by the East Midlands Chamber and the Low Carbon Business Network.

The 2019 Summit will build on the successful 2018 event and will focus on how environmental sustainability and clean growth is now so much more than the need to fulfil regulatory compliance.  They 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;
  • 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 independent analysis undertaken by the University of Derby Business School (DBS), based on surveys conducted by the Chamber over a three year period we can see that the number of businesses supplying low carbon and environmental goods and services (LCEGS) across the East Midlands is growing, with 24% of companies surveyed in 2017 deriving some degree of turnover from LCGES, compared to 16% in 2015, and with 12% of businesses generating more than 20% of their turnover in 2017, compared with only 8% in 2015.

From Office of National Statistics figures released in May 2017 ,we can also see that the LCEGS 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.

We must also defer to the recent UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report, which makes for uneasy reading. The world’s leading climate scientists warn us that there is only a dozen years for global warming to be kept to a below 1.5C, beyond which even half a degree increase will significantly worsen the risks of drought, floods, extreme heat and poverty for hundreds of millions of people.

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.

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