Council to speak at climate change conference

By on 15/04/2010 in News

Lessons learnt about climate change and its impact upon businesses and the way they operate in future will be discussed by Birmingham City Council during a conference on April 20.

Sandy Taylor, the council's head of climate change and sustainability, will be a panellist at Sustainable Business - The Event, which is being staged at the NEC.

He will be involved in a high-profile debate entitled The low-carbon journey: Lessons from Copenhagen.

During the session the vision of a low-carbon economy and how long it may take to become a reality will be up for discussion. The effectiveness and implications of the UN Climate Change summit in Copenhagen last December for UK businesses are also due to be explored.

Other members of the panel will include Professor Julia King (vice chancellor, Committee on Climate Change, at Aston University), Dax Lovegrove (head of business relations at the World Wildlife Fund) and Stephanie Wray (UK managing director of Hyder Environment).

Sandy Taylor said: “Climate Change is an issue that affects everyone, from the individual citizen right through to giant multinational corporations – therefore it is crucial that everyone plays their part in addressing the challenges we face.

“I spoke to a number of business leaders when representing the council at the Copenhagen Mayors Climate Change Summit last year and heard much about the work that is being done to cut emissions and create fresh trading opportunities. It was also clear that cities are already leading the response on climate change - alongside business.

“This conference will provide the council and business leaders with a chance to learn even more as we continue to work to our goals which include placing Birmingham at the cutting edge of the low carbon revolution, reducing CO2 emissions in the process.”

Tom Idle, Sustainable Business magazine editor and the creator of the upcoming event, said the event would stand out from similar conferences for a host of reasons.

“This event is offering the business angle. It's not just about the environment, it's not just about energy - it's about the whole approach and takes it back to the bottom line,” he said.

“Basically this show is not just for the energy and environmental managers, it's for the finance directors too.”

Organised in partnership with Sustainable Business magazine, Sustainable Business - The Event takes place under the umbrella of Sustainabilitylive! - the UK's leading gathering for the water, environment, energy, land and sustainable business sectors.

Other organisations set to be represented between April 20 and 22 at the event include BBC Worldwide, DfT, the Food and Drink Federation, Virgin Media, Ladbrokes, Hewlett Packard, Jewson, Bovis Lend Lease, Knight Frank and PRUPRIM.

Visit to see the full conference programme and exhibition list.


For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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