Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Corporate Climate Response: Day 1 Full Video + Program

From 29th to 31st of may business leaders, environmental advisors, management experts and a few bloggers attened the Corporate Climate Response conference in London (UK). There was an official blog of the event, it can be found here. I recorded all three days on my personal camcorder, hence the less than perfect sound. Having said that i think that there where many interesting developments to come out of the conference and i think this information is well worth sharing. This post give an outline of the events of day one along with full video coverage. The next two days will be posted shortly. All of my posts relating to the event so far can be found here.

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
  • 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

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

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

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

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

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

The Challenge for SMEs

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

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At 10:52 PM, Blogger Angee said...

This is so true: global warming has become a business and not just any business, but one with good profit. It is only natural that we find out about decisions that are linked to the financial part of the issue, rather to the practical one. And, after all those years of discussing climate change, we still don't know what really caused global warming. I have read on www.arctic-warming.com about the past century and how climate evolved and I am more and more convinced that we should start paying attention to the oceans. But, unfortunately, first have to make some money and maybe later they will care about global warming.


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