Sustainability Live announces new conference line-up from

Sustainability Live, the UK’s leading hub of energy and sustainability solutions for the UK business community, today announces the speaker programme for the new Sustainability Live Conference, taking place at the NEC Birmingham from 21 to 23 April 2015.

From international conflict and extreme weather conditions to resource scarcity and CSR failures – today’s risks to business are causing costly disruptions and reputational damage and posing near-term commercial threats.

‘From Risk to Resilience’, the subject of the new three-day conference at Sustainability Live, 21-23 April 2105, brings together the business and policy leaders who are finding new ways of building resilience into organisational models, and reaping the benefits.

Curated by and incorporating an inspirational series of presentations, debates and panel discussions, the three-day, ticketed conference is free to attend for qualifying delegates.

Confirmed speakers to date include sustainability experts from UK leading brands and institutions, including Sainsbury’s, Carlsberg, M&S, B&Q, Jaguar Land Rover and Cambridge University, plus forecasting and innovation expert Prof James Woudhuysen and BBC business and economics presenter Simon Jack,

The conference will also be supported by three additional theatres on the show floor dedicated to implementation, providing content relevant to all job functions and levels.

The Beyond compliance – the risks and opportunities keynote will explore the current regulation landscape, including ESOS and ISO 50001, EU policy, as well as consider what does beyond best-practice look like? The session will showcase thought leadership from speakers including Colin Hawthorne, energy manager for Jaguar Land Rover.

Energy – the bottom line: use less, make your own, buy smarterwill explore the three main routes to energy cost reduction: using less, on-site generation and smarter procurement strategies. Speakers include Matt Sexton, director of corporate social responsibility for B&Q, Gio Pattelero, head of energy supply and risk with M&S and Paul Crewe, head of sustainability, energy and engineering for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd.

The panel session ‘New models: the system revolutionaries’ will examine innovative new business models embracing the transformational changed needed to create a sustainable future. From the circular economy and closed loop processes to the sharing economy and servitisation, the session will share learnings from Charlotta Lyon, VP corporate affairs western Europe with Carlsberg Breweries.

Amanda Barnes, chief executive at Sustainability Live organiser Faversham House, said: “We are delighted to announce the first wave of speakers for our new three-day conference. The keynote line-up will showcase thought leadership from leading UK organisations, who can share their energy and sustainability success stories with their peers. This combination of a high-level conference and ‘how-to’ seminars makes Sustainability Live the most practical and strategic destination event for anyone with energy or sustainability-focused roles within their organisation.”