Saturday, May 26, 2007

Corporate Climate Response

How are UK based corporations: dealing with, reducing there contribution to, and positioning 
themseleves relative to, climate change?

The upcoming 'corporate climate response' conference aims to address these issues, perticularly:

  • 21 Case studies from early adopters including: Tesco, Marks & Spencer, BT, Standard Chartered Bank, Asda, Whole Foods Market, John Lewis Waitrose, City of London, Boots, Unilever, Manchester City Football Club, Allied Distillers, and many more. 
  • DEFRA address: Carbon Footprint and Supply Chain Management
  • Think tanks on Personal Carbon Accounting and Organisational Response
  • One day dedicated to Climate Change and the Food Industry
This perticular conference has its intenet home here, full program here. A facinating project by Ogilvy PR who have managed to arrange for a whole range of bloggers to cover the event.

Updates (1st or second hand, i`m not sure yet) will be posted here later.

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At 8:25 PM, Blogger Calvin Jones said...

Registration & Coffee

Adrienne Baker, Editor, Green Power

The Business Case Behind Climate Change
Some companies are taking the lead in responding to climate change simply because it makes good business sense. Whether it’s saving money through energy efficiency and waste minimization or capitalizing on consumer appetite for low-carbon products, there is now a business imperative behind global warming initiatives. But how much do you have to spend to see a reasonable return? Marks and Spencer puts that figure at £200 million while Burts Potato Chips puts it at £36K. In this opening session, we will look at how four leading companies have discovered the bottom line benefits of early action.
Richard Gillies, Director of Store Development, Marks and Spencer
(60 Second Interview with Richard Gillies)
Jason Leonard, Head of Environment, Standard Chartered Bank
Dr. Chris Tuppen, Head of Sustainable Development and Corporate Accountability, BT
Jonty White, Director, Burts Potato Chips
(60 Second Interview with Jonty White)

Carbon Footprint and Supply Chain Management

Case Study: Driving Efficiencies down the Supply Chain
Dr. Chris Tuppen, Head of Sustainable Development and Corporate Accountability, BT

Case Study: Product Life-Cycle Emissions: Low Carbon Shampoo
Andrew Jenkins, Sustainable Development Manager, Boots

Discussion with Expert Panel
Assessing and monitoring your climate impact
Reducing carbon and saving on energy bills
Determining the energy use of your product or services’ full life
How much of the supply chain impact are you responsible for?
What are the costs and business implications of taking life cycle responsibility?

Chair: Emily Farnworth, Leadership Group Manager, The Climate Group
Terence Ilott, Head of Business and Consumers,DEFRA
Euan Murray, Strategy Manager, The Carbon Trust
Francisco Ascui, Principal Consultant, EcoSecurities

11.30 Networking Refreshment Break

Effective Business Response – the role of Management Systems”
Carbon and Climate change – the current fad?
Global, regional and local factors influencing corporate strategy. Trusting governments to set the drivers?
Development of EMS – we’ve been here before
A typical mid-size business EMS
Business Efficiency vs Energy Efficiency!

Andy Harrop, Managing Director, CRA

Employing Renewables

Case Study: Reducing Emissions through Combined Heat And Power
Phillip Piddington, Director, Combined Heat and Power Association

Case Study: Sky Blues Go Green: The First Wind-Powered Football Stadium
Pete Bradshaw, Social Responsibility Manager, Manchester City Football Club
(60 Second Interview with Pete Bradshaw)


Discussion with Expert Panel
What are the feasible and cost effective renewable options?
Does it matter where your renewable energy comes from?
Does it always cost more than non-renewable sources?
Is there enough renewable energy to go round?
How does renewable energy complement offsetting and emissions trading?
How can you go 100% renewable, globally?
How easy and cost effective is it to put solar panels on the roof and a windmill in the car park?
What you need to know before purchasing or investing in renewable energy

Gary Freedman, Head of Business, Ecotricity
Melanie Davis, Marketing Executive, solarcentury
Phillip Piddington, Director, Combined Heat and Power Association

13.30 Networking Lunch Break

Energy Efficiency
Session Moderator:
Professor Martin Fry, Associate Director, Energy Efficiency Accreditation Scheme, Chairman, ESTA, & Vice President, Energy Institute

Case Study: A Small Business Saves Big on Energy Costs
Dave Wheeler, Production Manager, Manchester Rusk Company

Case Study: Supply Chain Efficiency – How Far Can You Go?
John Fender, SHE Specialist, Chivas Brothers
(60 Second Interview with John Fender)

Discussion with Expert Panel
What are the most practical initiatives to reduce electricity consumption?
How much energy can an organization hope to save?
How can you cut energy use across various locations?
What is the key to getting employees and other stakeholders to cut down?

Nick Eyre, Director of Strategy, Energy Savings Trust
Martin Gibson, Program Director, Envirowise
Mike Simpson, Technical and Design Director, Philips Lighting

15.40 Networking Refreshment Break

The Challenge for SMEs

16.10 Case Study: Action Plan for an SME
Paul Haigney, Operations Director, Pasta King

Discussion with Expert Panel
How can SMEs gain access to capital for climate change initiatives?
How can you implement strategies without additional resources?
What are some of the easy steps that cost nothing?
When can one expect a return on investment?
How can you encourage employees to get on board?

Chair: Erik Bichard, Director, National Centre for Business and Sustainability
John Holbrow, Environment Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
Bekir Andrews, Environmental Business Manager,Groundwork UK
Peter Spalding, Managing Director, Greenwich Environmental Management Services
Trewin Restorick, Director, Global Action Plan
Bekir Andrews, Environmental Business Manager, Groundwork West London

17.30 Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by

30th May 2007

Offsetting Options

09.00 All You Wanted to Know About Offsetting But Were Afraid to Ask
Abyd Karmali, Managing Director, ICF International

Offsetting Plus
Rob Rabinowitz, Managing Director, Pure
Rob Challis, Global Head of Corporate Responsibility, Man Group

Discussion with Expert Panel
Is offsetting just a “get out of jail free card” - does it count?
Impact of government standards on the offset industry
How can you be certain your offsets are removing GHGs from the atmosphere?
What is additionality and do I need to worry about it?
Why do offsetting costs vary so much across suppliers?
Why can’t I offset with projects closer to home?
What are the merits of different kinds of offsets?

Chair: Simon Propper, Managing Director, Context
Phil Levermore, Managing Director, Ebico
Mike Mason, Founder, Climate Care
Dick Sisman, Founder, Ticos

Jonathan Shopley, Chief Executive Officer, The Carbon Neutral Company

10.30 Networking Refreshment Break

Emissions Trading & Other Measures for Low Energy Intensive
Companies and Organisations

DEFRA Update

Following the Energy Review, the Government published a consultation on a new emissions trading scheme - the Energy Performance Commitment - alongside other measures, to deliver 1.2MtC/year (4.4MtCO2/year) carbon savings by 2020 from around 5,000 large non-energy intensive business and public sector organisations. This presentation will provide an update on the policies aimed at addressing energy use emissions from these organisations.

Philip Douglas, National Climate Change Policy Division, DEFRA

A Worked Example of a Potential EPC
Ray Gluckam, Consulting Group Director, &
Caroline Doble, Technical Manager, Climate Change Policy & Compliance Team, Enviros

Discussion with Expert Panel: The Emissions Trading Debate
How might this work?
What lessons have been learnt from the EU ETS and voluntary trading schemes that can be employed in this future scheme?
How can companies and organisations prepare?
Is this legislative approach the best method to obtain the proposed emissions reductions?

Chair: Mark Kenber, Policy Director, The Climate Group
Philip Douglas, National Climate Change Policy Division, DEFRA
Ray Wilson, Risk & Governance Director, Barclays Facilities Management
Dave Farebrother, Assistant Director, Environmental Services, Land Securities
Martin Wiles, Energy and Environment Manager, Bristol University, Convener, Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges

Benchmarking, Reporting, Potential League Tables

Reporting Report Card: Why Climate Change Disclosure is So Poor
Rory Sullivan, Head of Investor Responsibility, Insight Investment

Case Study: Benchmarking for the Hotel And Catering Industries
Peter Roberts, Project Manager, Hospitable Climates

Discussion with Expert Panel
What lessons can be learned form UK ETS, and EU ETS?
Will benchmarking, reporting and league tables be sectoral?
How much will all this cost?

Chair: Alan Knight, Head of Standards and Related Services, AccountAbility
Marc Brammer, Director of Research, Europe, Innovest Strategic Value Advisors
Anne-Marie Warris, Global Product Manager for Climate Change, LRQA
(60 Second Interview with Anne-Marie Warris)

13.40 Networking Lunch Break

Climate Change Think Tanks
Two simultaneous think tanks addressing Personal Carbon Accountability and Organisational Cimate Response. Delegates may choose which think tank they prefer to attend and can swap between streams.

A) Personal Carbon Accountability
In this CCR think tank, we will examine what companies and organisations are doing to make individual staff, consumers and members responsible for their climate impact. How do these schemes work, what is the response from individuals, and how close are we to a fully fledged, regulation-backed, individual ETS?

Point of Sale Carbon Accountability – Consumer Response and Take-Up
Daniel Yates, Manager, Strategy and Business Development,

Carbon Accountability in the Building Trade
Andrew Marris, Managing Director, dcarbon8

A Personal Carbon Accountability Card
Jude Thorne, CEO, The Ice Organisation Ltd

CRAGs (Carbon Rationing Action Groups)
Consumer initiatives in carbon accountability
Robin Smith, Director, Wokingham CRAG

16.00 Networking Refreshment Break

Personal Carbon Trading: The Moral Maze
The think tank concludes with a discussion on mandatory personal carbon trading and the likelihood, barriers and progress towards carbon credit cards. The session will be produced along the lines of Radio 4’s The Moral Maze.

Witness 1: Richard Starkey, Core Researcher, Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research
Witness 2: Chris Jacobs, Team Leader - Personal Carbon Trading, Climate and Energy: Housing & Markets Division, DEFRA
Witness 3: Matt Prescott, Project Director, CarbonLimited, RSA

Expert inquisitors:
Chair: Oliver Knight, Energy Policy Analyst, Sustainable Development Commission
Daniel Yates, Manager, Strategy and Business Development,
Gareth Hughes, Executive Director, Head of Corporate Development, Climate Change Capital
Andrew Marris, Managing Director, dcarbon8
Matt Walker, News Editor, New Scientist

17.30 Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by

B) Organisational Climate Response
The recent DEFRA consultation has brought into focus the climate change response from organisations that are not responsible to shareholder or customers. Some such organisations are blazing a trail when it comes to forward thinking, innovative response to the challenges of climate change. In this part of the program we will examine how leading organisations are facing up to the issue.

14.30 Shrinking the Footprint : The Church Responds to Climate Change
Alexander Nicoll, MCIPR, Head of Internal Communications, The Archbishops' Council Church of England

Climate Proofing London
Simon Mills, Head of Sustainable Development, City of London

The NFL and Climate Change: American Football Responds
Jack Groh, Environmental Manager, NFL

15.30 Delivering a Sustainable Legacy
Samantha Heath, CEO, London Sustainability Exchange

Climate Change Communications

The Ten Rules of Climate Change Communication
Malin Jennings, Vice President, Fleishman Hillard
Sophie Pim, Senior Consultant, Fleishman Hillard

Getting Employees and Customers Engaged
Lucy Shea, Senior Partner, Futerra

Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by

Climate Change and the Food Industry
31st May 2007

While not the biggest polluting sector in the UK, the food industry is highly susceptible to the impacts of climate change. Whether through the vagaries of public opinion, current and impending emissions regulation or even operational challenges the food industry finds itself at the forefront of climate change response.

In this Corporate Climate Response full-day workshop, we will take a close look at Climate Change and the Food Industry. Topics covered include food transport and the emergence or otherwise of food miles; the response of the producers and consumers; packaging issues; and product impact and lifecycle.

08.30 Registration and Coffee
The audience for this morning’s conference will be joined by video conference by an audience in Auckland, New Zealand

Food Transport & Product Lifecycle

A New Approach to Food Transport
Chris Brown, Head of Ethical and Sustainable Sourcing, ASDA

Validity of Food Miles as an Indicator of Sustainable Development

The 2006 Defra commissioned report, co-authored by Paul Watkiss, underlined the impacts of food transport, but also highlighted the wider trade-offs and ambiguity in the food miles debate. It also suggested some potential policies to address the environmental impact of food transport. In this presentation Paul will summarise the report findings, thereaction and subsequent work in this area,and how policy initiatives and industry thinking has moved on as a result. Paul will also discuss why, despite the findings, the term food miles continues to be widely used?

Paul Watkiss, Director, Paul Watkiss Associates

09.50 Conclusions and Recommendations from Food Industry Sustainability Study Champion Groups on Food Transport and Energy and Climate Change
Andrew Dunn, Head of Food Industry Sustainability Strategy Team, Food Chain Program, Defra

New Zealand Producers Response

The food producers of New Zealand are actively interested in environmental trends within the UK food industry. In response to the growing awareness of the impact of climate change New Zealand food producers are developing accurate lifecycle assessments for the production and transportation of their produce. In this presentation, live from Auckland, a New Zealand Producer will outline their response to this challenge.
Dave Pearce, Chief Winemaker, The New Zealand Wine Company (makers of Grove Mill and Sanctuary wines)
(60 Second Interview with Dave Pearce)

Networking Refreshment Break

Food and Greenhouse Gas Emissions: What are the Impacts and What would a Less Greenhouse Gas Intensive Food Chain Look Like
Tara Garnett, Director, Food Climate Research Network

11.20 Product Life Cycle Case Study
Henry King, Senior Environmental Manager, Unilever UK

A Life Cycle Approach to Cider
Richard Heathcote, Sustainable Development Manager, Bulmers

The Food Miles Debate – Dump or Adopt?

While it is clearly insufficient to simplifying the environmental impact of food production, retail and consumption to a unit of length, the term food miles does have growing resonance.
Should the industry adopt a flawed but communicable term rather than confuse consumers with the complexities of the issue?
How else can the industry calculate and communicate climate impact of individual products?
Can the industry cater for the increasingly sophisticated consumer with growing demands for diverse, year-round products, grown organically and produced locally? Can they have their organic cake and eat it?

Chair: Tara Garnett, Director, Food Climate Research Network
Gundula Azeez, Policy Manager, The Soil Association
Julian Gairdner, Food Miles Campaign Director, Group Arable Editor, Farmers Weekly
Ellen Gladbers, Climate Change Project Manager, Tesco
Guy Watson, Founder and Owner, Riverford Organic Vegetables
Sarah McLaren, Senior Adviser, Landcare Research, New Zealand

13.00 Networking Lunch Break

Operational Response
Chair: Chris Brook-Carter, Director of Publishing, Just-Food, Aroq Ltd

Case Study: Greening the Grocer – The World's Most Environmentally Friendly Store
James Dorling, Development Manager - Non Food, Environmental and .Com, Tesco Stores

Case Study: Maintaining an Environmental Ethos across 189 Stores in Numerous Countries

Founded in 1980 as one small store in Austin, Texas, Whole Foods Market is now the world's leading retailer of natural and organic foods, with 189 stores mostly in North America. Their company ethos is based on a commitment to sustainable agriculture.

Part of their mission statement reads – “We believe in a virtuous circle entwining the food chain, human beings and Mother Earth: each is reliant upon the others through a beautiful and delicate symbiosis”. In 2007 Whole Foods will open London’s largest food retail space. In this presentation Kathy Loftus will outline how Whole Foods Markets can maintain this ethos on a large and international scale.

Kathy Loftus, National Energy Manager, Whole Foods Market, USA

Discussion with Expert Panel
Bill Wright, Corporate Energy and Environment Manager, John Lewis & Waitrose
James Dorling, Development Manager - Non Food, Environmental and .Com, Tesco Stores
Kathy Loftus, National Energy Manager, Whole Foods Market, USA

15.20 Networking Refreshment Break

Labeling and Marketing

Food retailers now recognize the brand value is tied to climate change action and are coming up with innovative ways to market their credentials to consumers. From labels on air freighted food to compostable packaging and biodegradable carrier bags, supermarkets are now catering to consumers who want to buy ethically. The next big challenge, of course, is carbon labelling which could take years to sort out as experts begin to try and measure the ‘embodied energy’ of individual products. In this session, we will look at how the race to be green is manifesting in new labelling and marketing techniques.

Chair: Caroline Drummond, Chief Executive, LEAF

Case Study: Looking Beyond the Label
Mike Barry, Head of CSR, Marks & Spencer

16.05 Carbon Labeling – Work in Progress
Anne-Marie Warris, Global Product Manager - Climate Change, LRQA

The Next Step - Carbon Labelling Debate

Is it possible to label individual products’ carbon footprints? How do you begin? After all the effort, will consumers really buy based on carbon calories?

Euan Murray, Strategy Manager, The Carbon Trust
Mike Barry, Head of CSR, Marks & Spencer
Anne-Marie Warris, Global Product Manager - Climate Change, LRQA

17.10 Networking Drinks Reception sponsored by

Over 350 people have attended the Corporate Climate Response Event Series

Here is just some of their Excellent Feedback:
“The conference was excellent and stimulated many ideas which we can consider to improve our programs. We look forward to your future events” Advanced Micro Devices, Inc,

“I came away with concrete steps and concepts with regard to climate communications” Fleischman Hillard

‘Your conferences were one of the easiest to sign up for and participate in and you delivered exactly as you promised.’ Amson Technologies

“The event was a valuable contribution to the debate concerning corporate activity and climate change” CO3

“It was especially interesting to hear some of the world’s largest companies suggest that the time to act is now, for both moral and brand risk reasons, and that there’s profit to be made as well” CapitalBridge

“Interesting and a good opportunity to discuss with peers re their views on the subject of climate change” Philip Burch Associates

“I took away some great ideas and information”Ben & Jerry’s

Sponsorship Opportunties

Now in it's third year, Corporate Climate Response is widely regarded as the premier information source for companies and organisations looking to implement climate change mitigation strategies.

As a sponsor, you will benefit from:
Unique networking opportunities with an audience of companies and organisations looking to implement climate change mitigation strategies
Extensive profiling on the website, brochure and e-marketing campaign
Extensive on-site branding at the event

A range of sponsorship opportunities are available (gala dinner, cocktail reception, bag, lanyard, badge sponsor etc) which offer excellent branding to help promote your company to a targeted group of industry executives.

Contact to discuss your sponsorship and/or exhibition requirements.

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As a Gold Sponsor of Corporate Climate Response, Ogilvy Digital Influence is the official blogging / vlogging service for the conference. Via its daily real time blog and vlog, the Ogilvy Digital Influence team will share the best of the conference with audiences worldwide and encourage those attending and those with an interest to post and share their thoughts, observations and comments.

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