In-person summit | UK — November 30th, 2023

Climate Summit EMEA 2023

Net Zero | Climate Risk | ESG | Sustainability

Thought-provoking speakers
Interactive learning environment
Live product demonstrations
Connect with the technology community
Stay ahead of the curve

This year's speakers

Yetunde Abdul

Head of Climate Action

UK Green Building Council

Sam Bower

Head of Sustainability: Ecology, Biodiversity, Arboriculture

Balfour Beatty

Sian Cooke

Head of Sustainable Business


Rahel Haque

Vice President, Climate & ESG Capital Markets

NatWest Group

Mark Kenber

Executive Director

Voluntary Carbon Market Integrity Initiative (VCMI)

Klaus Kunz

VP, Head of ESG / External Engagement and Performance


Jenni Ramos

Lawyer, Corporate/Finance and Biodiversity

Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative

Sue Riddlestone

Chief Executive & Co-Founder


Adrian Rimmer

Director, Sustainable Finance

London Stock Exchange Group

Maria Spyrou

Associate Director, Sustainability

Turner & Townsend


Thursday 30th November, 2023 | In-Person Summit

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

Networking & Coffee

09:00 – 09:10 Verdantix Welcome

Summit Overview & Welcome

09:10 – 09:30 Keynote

Opening Keynote

09:30 – 10:00 Panel

Transition Pathways: The Roadmap to Net Zero

  • Sian Cooke, Head of Sustainable Business, Bioregional
  • Klaus Kunz, VP, Head of ESG / External Engagement and Performance, Bayer

With increased stakeholder pressures and reporting frameworks such as the TCFD now mandatory, it is essential for businesses to set net zero targets and disclose accurate and transparent information about their transition strategies. Whilst moral arguments are clear, these plans also need to provide financial benefits to get shareholders on-board. Join this panel discussion to hear from sustainability leaders on how they are championing, and implementing, transition strategies throughout their, and others, organisations.

In this session you will learn about:

  • How businesses can build trust and credibility inside and outside their organisation
  • The importance of monitoring and reporting in a transparent manner
  • The opportunities and challenges associated with implementing a comprehensive action plan
  • Best practices and lessons learned
  • Disclosure frameworks and their effects on businesses
10:00 – 10:15 Trailblazer

Solution Spotlight

10:20 – 10:35 Trailblazer

Solution Spotlight

10:35 – 10:55 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

10:55 – 11:25 Panel

Net Zero Buildings

Buildings account for approximately 40% of worldwide carbon emissions, with 29% released in operation and 11% embodied in their construction. There is an urgent need to harness energy efficient technologies and materials to ensure a sustainable future for all industries. But questions remain, such as how feasible are truly net zero buildings, and the challenges with acquiring funding (in 2021, SMEs made up 99% of the UK private sector, but can these organisations afford to retrofit their buildings?), and regulatory issues to consider.

Join experts from construction consultancies, and building associations to hear about:

  • The challenges surrounding retrofitting existing buildings and the associated costs
  • Case studies from those actively involved in transforming buildings for a net zero future
  • The actual feasibility of net zero buildings, and how we can get there
  • Updates from the regulatory side
11:25 – 11:40 Trailblazer

Solution Spotlight

11:45 – 12:00 Trailblazer

Solution Spotlight

12:05 – 12:35 Panel

The Value of Biodiversity

  • Sam Bower, Head of Sustainability: Ecology, Biodiversity, Arboriculture, Balfour Beatty
  • Jenni Ramos, Lawyer, Corporate/Finance and Biodiversity, Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative

Corporate failures to price ecosystem services into business planning is aggravated by the interaction of climate change and biodiversity decline, creating compound risks for firms. Considering the $44 trillion in economic value generation (as estimated by the World Economic Forum) at risk through the dependence of business on nature and related services, investors and other stakeholders are demanding organisations make nature-related disclosures that can be utilised for investment decision making. Nature-related disclosures are already incorporated in the EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive and Sustainable Finance Disclosure Regulation, and traction in Europe and around the world is likely to increase following the release of the Taskforce for Nature-related Disclosures' finalised framework in September.

During this session you will learn:

  • What making TNFD-aligned disclosures will entail
  • The importance of considering biodiversity, climate change, and risk holistically
  • The inherent difficulties in trying to value nature
  • How early movers have been approaching biodiversity data and environmental impact measurement
12:35 – 13:35 Break

Networking & Lunch

13:35 – 13:40 Verdantix Welcome

Morning Overview & Welcome Back

13:40 – 14:40 Presentation & Debate

Voluntary Carbon Markets

  • Mark Kenber, Executive Director, Voluntary Carbon Market Initiative (VCMI)
  • Adrian Rimmer, Director, Sustainable Finance, London Stock Exchange Group

2023 has been a year of unexpected turbulence for the voluntary carbon credit market. Leading standard setters have come under fire, raising questions about the validity of offset projects and carbon credits as a whole. Yet investment continues to flow into the carbon markets, and the launch of The Voluntary Carbon Markets Integrity Initiative (VCMI) has set the stage for a new paradigm for carbon offsetting. Join this discussion session to hear from those actively involved in the carbon market on:

  • When and how the market is best placed to help businesses reach emission targets
  • The issues surrounding credit validity
  • What firms are doing to tackle these doubts
14:40 – 15:00 Best Practices Workshop

Supply Chain Emissions Management

15:05 – 15:25 Best Practices Workshop

Net Zero Programme Management Office

15:30 – 15:50 Best Practices Workshop

Climate Risk Essentials: Preparing For A +1.5C World In 2025

15:50 – 16:10 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

16:10 – 16:40 Panel

Digital Carbon Management Tools To Aid Decarbonisation

With major regulations coming into play in 2024, organizations are under increasing pressure to collect, manage and report high quality carbon data in a timely manner. Digital transformation is required to streamline & automate data collection and to monitor and analyse emissions in real-time. Improving carbon data quality is already at the top of digital priorities for new investments, according to the 2023 Verdantix Net Zero global corporate survey. But how do sustainability professionals actually incorporate these digital tools into their organisation's strategy to ensure efficiency?

In this session, panellists will discuss:

  • Practical examples of utilizing technology within decarbonization strategies
  • How to mitigate common data collection and quality challenges when fulfilling carbon emissions reporting requirements
  • How to tackle the limitations of carbon management digital solutions
16:40 – 17:00 Keynote

Sponsor Speech

17:00 – 17:30 Panel

Managing Financed Emissions

  • Rahel Haque, Vice President, Climate & ESG Capital Markets, NatWest Group

Financial institutions play a critical role in leading the global climate transition. Quantifying and managing financed emissions is critical in allowing institutions to manage regulated disclosures, appease stakeholders, and reduce their own climate impact. Concurrently, a wave of methodological standards – notably the Partnership for Carbon Accounting Financials – have emerged to support financial institutions on this journey.

Join this session to hear about:

  • How can new standards be implemented in practise
  • The importance of transparent reporting
17:30 – 17:40 Verdantix Roundup

Day Summary & Thank You

17:40 – 19:00 Dinner

Awards with Drinks & Canapes


Want to get involved?

Do you have an amazing story or incredible insight? We'd love to have you speak at our event. Reach out to Layla Sienne, [email protected], for sponsorship and speaking opportunities.

Etc.Venues 133 Houndsditch

The Verdantix summit will be hosted at Etc.Venues 133 Houndsditch. Located near Liverpool Street and Aldgate station, 133 Houndsditch features a state-of-the-art conference and exhibition space.

Plan your journey

133 Houndsditch
Liverpool Street
London EC3A 7BX

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You can cancel your participation at no charge up to 4 weeks prior to the event. After this period, if you can no longer attend, please transfer your pass to a suitable replacement within your organisation. If you cannot do so, we may charge you for the cost of an attendee pass which is £599.

Event Sponsorship

Verdantix offers a range of sponsorship opportunities. Please contact Layla Sienne, [email protected] or download the sponsorship brochure below to discover more.

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Verdantix Climate Innovation Awards EMEA 2023

Recognizing outstanding achievements in the fields of Sustainability & Climate Action

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