The 4th Business for the Environment (B4E) Climate Summit will be held in London on Monday 29th September and is organised by Global Initiatives (GI) in collaboration with WWF-UK, Forum for the Future, The Climate Group and ICAEW.
120 international business, government, sustainability and NGO leaders will discuss practical solutions to building a restorative economy and reversing some of the damage we have already inflicted on our planetary resources and climate.
First-mover organisations are already realising the opportunities brought by net positive operational strategies, wherein companies replenish more water than they take, create more energy than they use and plant more trees than they cut down.
Confirmed speakers include Jeff Seabright, Chief Sustainability Officer of Unilever, Abyd Karmali, Managing Director of Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Malcolm Preston, Partner PwC, Dax Lovegrove, Director of Sustainability at Kingfisher, Minister Heru Prasetyo, Head of National REDD+ Agency in the Republic of Indonesia, Mark Kenber, Chief Executive Officer, The Climate Group, Jeremy Oppenheim, Director Sustainability and Resource Productivity with McKinsey among many others.
Participating organisations include Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), The Carbon Trust, Lloyds Bank, The Aldersgate Group, BT, PepsiCo, Tesco, SABMiller, Trucost, Natural Capital Coalition, the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), United Nations, the New Climate Economy, Corporate Citizenship, BBC, The Guardian and many others.
Of course it is not as simple as planting more trees than a business cuts down. We will hear from Kingfisher, who are committed to net reforestation, that such a bold approach requires partnerships with local people, environmental research specialists and policy makers. ! In order to succeed, a truly net positive approach requires financial investment, strong support from investors and stakeholders throughout the supply chain and a commitment to innovation. For these reasons, collaboration is vital.
“Delegates attending B4E London realise the urgency for business to not only make a difference but to make a net positive difference. This event will produce ideas for collaborative actions that can be taken now to move closer towards a restorative economy. It promises to be a rich and productive discussion” said Tony Gourlay, Chief Executive, Global Initiatives.
Actionable recommendations from the event will be presented to global climate leaders during the UNFCCC COP20 climate negotiations in Lima in December.
A few tickets still remain to take part in this event, to purchase tickets, visit: http://b4esummit.com/b4e-climate-summit-2014/
To learn more about the B4E Event series: http://b4esummit.com
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