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Environment Analyst's annual UK Business Summit took place on 15-16 and 22-23 June 2021 and once again brought together business leaders and senior executives working across the environmental & sustainability services industry to discuss how they are interpreting and responding to current and emerging market trends and disruptors through a series of speaker presentations and panel discussions.
If you missed the event, don't worry it's not too late to join the conversation - all of the speaker presentations and panel discussions are available on-demand, so you can still hear from our expert speakers and learn how your competitors are responding to the latest market drivers.
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Environment Analyst UK Business Summit 2021:
Delivering a Sustainable Recovery
All times are in British Summer Time (BST)
Tuesday 22nd June - Morning
09.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks from the Session Chair
Session One: UK Environmental Market Outlook, Drivers & Disrupters
09.45 Reviewing the UK Environmental Consulting Market Structure and Future Outlook
Environment Analyst share their latest findings on the UK environmental consultancy services market dynamics, including:
Update on the market structure, leading players and recent M&A activity
Reviewing the current market state and future forecasts:
assessing the toll that COVID-19 has had on the sector and how business leaders are responding
Assessing key business drivers and disruptors, and how companies and business models are evolving in response:
identifying emerging mega-trends and opportunity “hotspots”
pinpointing where key growth opportunities and challenges lie
managing disruptors and emerging risks
10.10 Outlining Key Environmental Policy Drivers & Priorities
Update on progress of the Environment Bill, related policies and the creation of the Office of Environmental Enforcement:
what are the key implications for the environmental consultancy sector?
Highlighting other impending environmental policy developments and key forces for change
Assessing progress on the path to net zero and COP26:
what key measures and mechanisms are needed to deliver net zero ambitions?
where do the Government and industry need to prioritise activity?
finding the appropriate balance of action: mitigation vs resilience
what should the UK be taking to the table at COP26?
Session Two: Industry Response
11.30 Industry Panel Discussion
Industry panellists will offer their perspective on current and future market and policy drivers and the business response, sharing insight into how their companies are responding to different threats and opportunities.
13.00 Close of Session
Tuesday 22nd June - Afternoon
14.00 Welcome Back
Session Three: Leading the ESG Revolution
14.05 Demonstrating Leadership in Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) & Developing Positive Sustainability Strategies
Defining “sustainability” and what it means for different clients and stakeholders
Effectively translating the UN SDGs and TCFD outputs into tangible business and productivity goals and project deliverables
what needs to be added to the dataset to give a true picture of ESG and develop meaningful performance metrics?
Analysing the role of green bonds, private equity and other sustainable finance to help fuel a green recovery
Elevating ESG strategies to the C-suite and integrating purpose to truly deliver change
16.00 Close of Session
Wednesday 23rd June
09.45 Welcome Back from the Chair
Session Four: Sector Spotlight - Renewables & Energy Transition
10.00 Exploring the Knowledge, Tools & Support Required to Enable an Effective Energy Transition
This session will spotlight the growth of the diversified energy sector; the policy and commercial drivers; investment in energies such as hydrogen and offshore wind, and the opportunities the energy transition provides for environmental consultants.
Discussing the conclusions of the energy white paper
Exploring the energy sector’s role in delivering the green recovery and net zero
Preparing for the hydrogen economy, opportunities and challenges ahead
Assessing how best to use existing skills and infrastructure in the provision of new energy sources
Helping those sectors / industries most exposed to the net zero transition pivot their business models and strategy to embrace a decade of action, and what support is required
Assessing how digital technologies can enable the energy transition
11.00 Short Comfort Break
Session Five: Embedding A Capitals-Based Approach into Delivery
11.15 Exploring how Natural and Social Capital-Based Approaches are Transforming the Delivery of Environmental Consultancy
Examining what is driving policy makers and stakeholders to embed the capitals-based approach into project finance and delivery
Nature positive, the next net-zero?
Exploring opportunities to leverage the UK’s excellence and leadership in natural capital and social value in overseas markets
Embracing digital solutions to revolutionise the delivery of social and natural-based solutions
Session Six: Developing Flexible & Sustainable Procurement Frameworks
12.15 Developing an Innovative & Flexible Supply Chain & Procurement Framework to Enable the Delivery of Sustainability & Social Value Goals
Understanding how procurement is evolving to reflect current influences (climate change, social value, net gain) and the impact on supply chain expectations
Incorporating circular economy principles into the supply chain to achieve sustainability goals
Harnessing best practice in supply chain engagement and collaborative relationships
Clearly identifying clients’ needs and wants and effectively translating these into workable contracts:
building in flexibility to allow for innovation
using incentivisation effectively
Evaluating the role and acceptance of digital tools in the procurement process and embedding digital innovation into infrastructure projects
13.15 Closing Remarks from Environment Analyst and Close of UK Business Summit
Roundtable discussion session:
Tuesday 15th June 14:00-16:00 BST
For all UK & Global Business Summit Attendees
One of the most popular sessions at the annual Environment Analyst Business Summit, the interactive roundtable discussion session, gives attendees an opportunity to discuss a topic of interest in a more informal, participative format. Delegates may choose one roundtable to attend, and each table will be hosted by a facilitator to lead discussion, encourage optimum debate and exchange of ideas.
A. Quantifying an Organisation’s ESG Impact
B. Supporting a Green Recovery by Addressing the Sector Skills Shortages
The environmental consulting sector will play a vital role in the proposed “green recovery”. However, this has implications for a sector already struggling with a legacy skills shortage and under-capacity linked to project cycles. What are the skills required moving forward and how can these best be obtained at all levels within organisations.
C. Effective Partnerships & Collaborative Strategies To Maximise Value & Accelerate Innovation
D. Optimising Smaller and Mid-Sized Companies’ Position in the Market – Challenges & Opportunities
E. Improving Equality, Diversity & Inclusion in the Environmental Consulting Sector
There is an urgent need to tackle the lack of diversity and inclusion in the environmental consulting sector. The Diverse Sustainability Initiative is a collaborative approach to facing up to systemic barriers that people from diverse backgrounds face in the sector, and working collaboratively to address them.
F. Managing The Skills Gap: Best Practice Solutions for Future-Proofing Your Resource Requirements
G. Securing Business Success in Emerging Market
H. Effectively Embedding Social Outcomes into Project Delivery
Improving social outcomes is increasingly becoming a requirement of project delivery. This roundtable will discuss different approaches to achieving this through incorporating social value and environmental justice criteria into projects.
I. Strategic Growth Options for Environmental Consultancies
J. Exploiting Opportunities to Support the Energy Transition
09.00 Pre-Summit Networking & Discussion
Join us for a Coffee & a Chat with Other Attendees in our virtual interactive, face-to-face conference lounge
10.45 Continue the Questions and Discussions in our Virtual Conference Lounge
Continue the discussion, meet and network with other attendees in our interactive, face-to-face conference lounge
Wednesday 16th June 14:00-16:00 BST
For all UK & Global Business Summit Attendees
Exploring Recent Mergers, Acquisitions & Emerging Financial Partnership Models in the Environmental & Sustainability Consulting Sector and their Impact on Market Structure & Service Delivery
Exploring the drivers for, and critical success factors of, recent sector M&A activity
Assessing different growth strategies, both in the UK and internationally
Exploring case study examples of alternate financial partnering models and the pros and cons
Size or specialism – what are the opportunities and future role for large-scale global firms vs. those offering a more niche proposition
Evaluating how such activity in the market affects the service offering and the way in which we sell to clients
The panel discussion will include questions taken live from the audience via a chat box. It will then be followed by an interactive question and discussion session where attendees can chat face-to-face with panellists and each other using our virtual networking platform, Remo.
Expert Virtual Panel
The UK Business Summit brings together a balanced panel of senior-level speakers from across the whole sector: consultants, Government, regulators, contractors and clients. They will provide valuable insights into the latest thinking on a number of key issues.
The programme is currently being researched and will be written with direct input from Managing Directors and Heads of Environment within the environmental consultancy sector, and others, to ensure it addresses the most pertinent challenges facing the industry into 2021 and beyond.
Interactive Virtual Roundtable Discussions
Regularly cited as a highlight of this event, the roundtable discussions provide an opportunity for attendees to choose a topic of interest to discuss with others in a small group, informal and participative format.
Join our live virtual networking space, allowing you to communicate with other attendees using the most advanced event technology - remo.co. Connect and engage with your industry peers in our virtual coffee breaks and virtual drinks reception.
Q&A Sessions and Interactive Voting
Have your specific questions answered in designated Q&A sessions. Plus, the use of interactive voting at the summit will enable you to respond to key questions and gauge the opinions and reactions of your peers instantly in real-time.
Who should attend?
Senior environmental and sustainability consulting executives
(CEOs, MDs, E&S Leads/Directors)
Those from other environmental management and service firms
Business leaders and investors in the wider green economy
What did previous delegates think?
"An excellent agenda and an event that brought together a substantial group of senior players in the environmental sector"
"Great opportunity to get industry executives in room and discuss our most pressing issues"
“Environment Analyst does a fantastic job of bringing together diverse perspectives. Their Virtual Business Summit was engaging and informative!"
"I truly enjoyed the Summit;
excellent quality of speakers, range of perspectives and depth of coverage"
"Fantastic industry insights"
“A great opportunity to bring key industry players together to address key environmental issues"