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In-person summit | UK — November 30, 2023

Climate Summit

Net Zero | Climate Risk | ESG | Sustainability

Join us in London and gain the insights you need to be a change-maker!

Net zero regulations are increasing globally – with governments making disclosure frameworks such as the TCFD, and the approaching TNFD, mandatory. There is increasing pressure from all stakeholders for companies to have transparent & actionable strategies in place lest they face financial and reputational consequences.

This summit will gather 150+ sustainability professionals and give an overview of this rapidly changing landscape and provide a platform for thought-leaders in the net zero, climate risk, and carbon management spaces to have discussions that really matter and learn how to navigate this ever-evolving landscape.

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

This Year's Speakers


Dana Haidan

Chief Sustainability Officer

Virgin Media O2

Yetunde Abdul

Head of Climate Action

UK Green Building Council

Sam Bower

Head of Sustainability: Natural Environment

Balfour Beatty

Sian Cooke

Head of Sustainable Business


Miles Durrant

Head of Environment & Climate Strategy

Royal Mail

Hannah Greenaway

Sustainability Reporting Manager

The Crown Estate

Laura Hanning

(Formerly) Head of Carbon


Rahel Haque

Vice President, Climate & ESG Capital Markets

NatWest Group

John Knights

Head of Services


Maria Alegre

Global Stakeholder Relations Director

Ball Corporation

Saad Malik

Sustainability Director, Business & Commercial Banking

Lloyds Banking Group

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

Rodolphe d'Arjuzon

Managing Director & Head of Research


Stuart Neumann

VP, Advisory


Ryan Skinner

Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk


Claire Stephens

Research Director, Smart Buildings


Niraj Saraf

Director, Advisory Services


Sarah Bloch

Senior Manager of Advisory Services


Dr. Katelyn Johnson

Principal Analyst, Climate Risk


Connor Taylor

Senior Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk


Alessandra Leggieri

Industry Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk


Alice Saunders

Industry Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk


Lily Turnbull

Industry Analyst, ESG & Sustainability


Harry Wilson

Industry Analyst, Smart Buildings


Robert Davis

Vice President, Product Management

Wolters Kluwer

Renée Lenore

Associate Director, Product Management

Wolters Kluwer

Kevin O'Neill

Leader, Sustainability & ESG Digital Solutions

Benchmark Gensuite

Peter Walsh

ESG Market Strategy and Partnerships

Benchmark Gensuite

David Wynn

Director, Product Marketing - Sustainability



Thursday 30th November, 2023 | In-Person Summit

08:00 – 09:00 Registration

Networking & Coffee

09:00 – 09:10 Verdantix Welcome

Summit Overview & Welcome

  • Ryan Skinner, Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
09:10 – 09:30 Opening Keynote

Towards Reclaiming The Climate Change Narrative

  • Dana Haidan, Chief Sustainability Officer, Virgin Media O2

COP28 comes at a decisive moment for international climate action. Temperature records are being repeatedly broken and climate impacts felt in unprecedented wildfires, floods, storms and droughts worldwide. COP28 presents a critical opportunity to put the world on a more sustainable path, and businesses have a substantial convening power that galvanises around a shared vision of the planet we want to live in.

09:30 – 10:00 Panel

Transition Pathways: The Roadmap to Net Zero

  • Ryan Skinner, Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
  • Maria Alegre, Global Stakeholder Relations Director, Ball Corporation
  • Sian Cooke, Head of Sustainable Business, Bioregional
  • John Knights, Head of Services, Global Reporting Initiative

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 Verdantix Insights

Digital Systems for Financed Emissions: Insights for Financial Institutions and Listed Equities

  • Sarah Bloch, Senior Manager of Advisory Services, Verdantix

Financed emissions account for at least 90% of the GHG emissions of asset managers, banks, pension funds and private equity firms. Financial data providers now offer increasingly sophisticated digital solutions to help financial institutions calculate their financed emissions across different asset classes. During this session, Verdantix Senior Manager, Sarah Bloch will explain the implications for fund managers as well as for the companies they invest in as investors and lenders garner greater insight into emissions intensity and net zero metrics.

10:20 – 10:35 Verdantix Insights

Verdantix Green Quadrant: Enterprise Carbon Management

The enterprise carbon management software market is growing, driven by corporate voluntary commitments towards decarbonization and regulatory emissions reporting requirements. The landscape of carbon management software vendors is also evolving, with new and existing players developing their solutions to meet corporates' needs. Join this session, as Verdantix Industry Analyst, Alessandra Leggieri, unveils this year's Green Quadrant for Enterprise Carbon Management software and gives an overview of carbon management market trends.

10:35 – 10:55 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

10:55 – 11:25 Panel

Overcoming the Business Case Challenge for 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 Verdantix Insights

Time to Switch? From Generic Carbon Offsets to Carbon Dioxide Removal

  • Connor Taylor, Senior Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix

The drumbeat of negative publicity surrounding the Voluntary Carbon Market has impacted many corporate commitments to buying carbon offsets. Especially those generated by GHG emissions ‘avoidance’ projects. By contrast, an entirely new industry focused on GHG emissions ‘removals’ has sprung into life in the last 2 years. And corporate climate neutrality budgets have followed suit with the likes of BCG, JP Morgan and Microsoft cutting sizable cheques. Hear from Verdantix Senior Analyst, Connor Taylor who will present recent Verdantix research about the switch from generic offsets to removal credits.

11:45 – 12:00 Verdantix Insights

Energy Management in Buildings: Leveraging Proven Technologies to Cut Costs & Slash Emissions

Whether your firm is a real estate investor, facilities management provider or occupier there are a multitude of proven technologies available in the market to reduce energy costs and reduce associated emissions. However, the convoluted nature of the real estate market often makes implementing technologies hard to achieve. Join this session, led by Verdantix Industry Analyst, Harry Wilson who will present his recent benchmark of energy management software and share a tech roadmap for the entire ecosystem of energy management technologies.

12:05 – 12:35 Panel

Managing Biodiversity Risk In The Era Of The TNFD

  • Alice Saunders, Industry Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
  • Sam Bower, Head of Sustainability: Natural Environment, Balfour Beatty
  • Jenni Ramos, Lawyer, Corporate/Finance and Biodiversity, Commonwealth Climate and Law Initiative

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 – 13:05 Verdantix Advisory Spotlight

Best Practices for Carbon Management Digital Strategies and Technology Selection

This session will draw on the expertise of the Verdantix Advisory team, which has helped leadership teams at some of the world's largest companies develop and execute their digital strategies. During this session we will share best practices in technology selection to help you identify a best-fit carbon management solution - as well as outlining some of the pitfalls that can lead to delays and reduced business value.

13:05 – 13:20 Verdantix Interactive Session

Benchmarking for Better Climate Performance

Niraj will share some insights from our recently launched Climate Benchmark, and explain how tool and programme can make a vital difference to corporate climate strategy

13:20 – 14:20 Break

Networking & Lunch

14:20 – 14:30 Verdantix Welcome

Morning Overview & Welcome Back

  • Ryan Skinner, Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
14:30 – 15:00 Panel

Managing Financed Emissions

  • Rodolphe d'Arjuzon, Managing Director & Head of Research, Verdantix
  • Rahel Haque, Vice President, Climate & ESG Capital Markets, NatWest Group
  • Saad Malik, Sustainability Director, Business & Commercial Banking, Lloyds Banking 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. But how do these organisations actually drive down emissions across their clients and subsequently their own portfolios?

Join this session to hear about:

  • How can new standards be implemented in practise
  • The importance of transparent reporting
  • Incentives and tactics to drive sustainable loaning
15:00 – 15:20 Best Practices Workshop

Best Practice Workshop: Towards Digital Sustainability

Learn how to build your ESG journey towards digital transformation, exploring the strategies and ESG initiatives you must undertake to align your operations with environmental responsibility.

15:25 – 15:45 Verdantix Q&A

Extreme Weather, El Niño and Climate Tipping Points: Q&A with a Leading Climate Scientist

In 2023, all regions of the world were negatively impacted by extreme weather events caused by anthropogenic climate change and the start of the naturally-occurring El Niño global weather pattern. The World Meteorological Organization predicted that there is a 60% chance that global temperatures will be at least 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels in one year between 2023 and 2027. Join this best practices discussion with Verdantix Principal Analyst and ex-Antarctic climate researcher Dr Katelyn Johnson to have your questions answered.

15:50 – 16:10 Best Practices Workshop

Best Practice Workshop: Using Technology to Manage Sustainability Performance and ESG Disclosure

  • Lily Turnbull, Industry Analyst, ESG & Sustainability, Verdantix
  • Kevin O'Neill, Leader, Sustainability & ESG Digital Solutions, Benchmark Gensuite
  • Peter Walsh, ESG Market Strategy and Partnerships, Benchmark Gensuite
  • What are the key drivers and requirements underpinning sustainability and ESG trends?
  • How can technology be used to achieve performance improvement?
  • What does best practice sustainability management and ESG disclosure look like?
16:10 – 16:30 Break

Wellness Break & Networking

16:30 – 17:00 Panel

Carbon Management Strategies To Aid Decarbonisation

  • Connor Taylor, Senior Analyst, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
  • Miles Durrant, Head of Environment & Climate Strategy, Royal Mail
  • Hannah Greenaway, Sustainability Reporting Manager, The Crown Estate
  • David Wynn, Director, Product Marketing - Sustainability, Cority

The 2023 Verdantix Net Zero global corporate survey revealed that carbon data quality is at the top of digital priorities for new investments, and with major regulations coming into play in 2024, organisations are under increasing pressure to collect, manage and report high quality carbon data in a timely manner. Whilst many companies have successful existing reporting initiatives for Scopes 1 & 2, huge challenges exist surrounding Scope 3 data collection and reporting. So how do sustainability professionals incorporate effective tools and methods into their organisation's strategy to ensure efficiency and transparency?

In this session, our panellists will discuss:

  • Examples of successful reporting plans within decarbonisation strategies
  • How to mitigate common data collection and quality challenges when fulfilling carbon emissions reporting requirements
  • Lessons learned in establishing Scope 1 & 2 reporting strategies
  • How to tackle the complexities associated with Scope 3 reporting
17:00 – 17:20 Sponsor Spotlight

ESG – From Compliance To Competitive Advantage

  • Robert Davis, Vice President, Product Management, Wolters Kluwer

Let’s face it. Reporting on ESG metrics with the same rigor as financial metrics isn’t a walk in the park. In the recent years, ESG has evolved from a reputational concern to a critical compliance imperative and a potential competitive advantage. However, navigating the multitude of frameworks, regulations, and expectations from investors, employees, and stakeholders can be frustrating and confusing. Fortunately, the right technology can bring clarity to this complexity. By leveraging technology, your organization can seamlessly collect, report, analyze, and assure the accuracy of your financial and non-financial data. This data will come from everywhere in the organization and IT systems will have to go through a digital transformation to mitigate the risks of non-compliance. Join us for an enlightening session with Rob Davis, Vice President of Product Management at Wolters Kluwer, as he equips you with the knowledge and readiness to navigate the required technology transformation that will help unravel the challenges of ESG reporting. Get ready to embrace the power of technology and conquer the challenges of ESG with confidence.

17:20 – 17:50 Panel

Battered And Bruised: Next Steps For The Voluntary Carbon Market

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
  • Realigning carbon credits with climate action
  • The issues surrounding credit validity
  • What firms are doing to tackle these doubts
17:50 – 18:00 Verdantix Roundup

Day Summary & Thank You

  • Ryan Skinner, Research Director, Net Zero & Climate Risk, Verdantix
18:00 – 19:30 Awards

Climate Innovation Awards with Drinks

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.

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Verdantix Climate Innovation Awards EMEA 2023

Recognizing outstanding achievements in the fields of Sustainability & Climate Action

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