This year’s conference will focus on some of the strategies, efficiencies and support available to business which enables the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and looks to reduce waste, whilst remaining economically viable and competitive.

Sometimes described as the three “P’s” (People, Profit, Planet) or also known as the three pillars of social, economic and environment – the conference will explore, through a range of keynote presentations and panel discussions, the elements that will ensure the East Midlands is at the forefront of the national and international drive to operate in increasingly more environmentally manner, along with exploring the associated business benefits.

With its manufacturing heritage, innovative business and academic base, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients to be at the forefront of driving forward the future of sustainable manufacturing and transitioning to a low carbon economy.

To put in context the Business Sector accounts for around 18 percent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, so the time to develop long term carbon reduction strategies, to reduce the impact of Climate Change is definitely upon us and cannot be ignored. We may also see increased regulation and legislation in response to plans set out in October 2019, by the government, to tackle climate change as a response to the recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). With the direction of travel going further than the Clean Growth Strategy (Oct 2017) – and with the government legislating that the UK have net zero emissions by 2050 – the businesses that plan to address how they become more efficient and environmentally aware will find it easier to transition to a low carbon economic model.

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On the day the conference will:

  • Look at the support available to the manufacturing sector to implement changes in their practices to transition to a low carbon economic model, to understand the opportunities and threats with regards to costs savings, to supply chain management, procurement opportunities, health and wellbeing and reputational impact.
  • Explore how OEMs will push down environmental demands through the supply chain.
  • Explore how we develop and maintain robust links between academia and business to use the wealth of knowledge and support available from the Universities in the East Midlands, especially how we envisage the circa £2bn investment slated for development of low carbon technologies.
  • Explore how the business community can influence the future direction of policy with regards to sustainable, low carbon legislation, to ensure it is fit for purpose.
  • Understand how business and local/national government can work together to become more sustainable.
  • Hear about how to address the future skills needs that will arise from the developing low carbon economy.
  • Understand the developing green finance models and how an organisations financial health may be measured to include their environmental footprint.
  • Provide exemplar case studies.
  • Enable networking with your peers over refreshments and a buffet lunch.

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Tuesday, 17 March 2020

8:30am – 1:00pm


The Roundhouse, Roundhouse Road, Pride Park, Derby, Derby City