East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2020 - Sustainable Manufacturing

Host: East Midlands Chamber of Commerce (Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire)

Location: TBC - Derbyshire

Date: Tuesday, 17th March 2020 at 8:30am - 1:00pm

Cost: Member Price: £25.00+VAT Non-Member Price: £75.00+VAT


Sustainable Manufacturing in the East Midlands

This year’s conference will focus on some of the strategies, efficiencies, and support available to business which enables the creation of manufactured products in a way that reduces pollution, energy use and looks to reduce waste, whilst remaining economically viable and competitive.

Sometimes described as the three “P’s” (People, Profit, Planet) or also known as the three pillars of social, economic and environment –the conference will explore, through a range of keynote presentations and panel discussions, the elements that will ensure the East Midlands is at the forefront of the national and international drive to operate in increasingly more environmentally manner, along with exploring the associated business benefits.

With its manufacturing heritage, innovative business and academic base, the East Midlands has the raw ingredients to be at the forefront of driving forward the future of sustainable manufacturing and transitioning to a low carbon economy.

To put in context the Business Sector accounts for around 18 per cent of all carbon dioxide emissions in the UK, so the time to develop long term carbon reduction strategies, to reduce the impact of Climate Change is definitely upon us and cannot be ignored. We may also see increased regulation and legislation in response to plans set out in October 2019, by the government, to tackle climate change as a response to the recommendations from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). With the direction of travel going further than the Clean Growth Strategy (Oct 2017) - and with the government legislating that the UK have net zero emissions by 2050 - the businesses that plan to address how they become more efficient and environmentally aware will find it easier to transition to a low carbon economic model.

On the day the conference will:

  • Look the support available to the manufacturing sector to implement changes in their practices to transition to a low carbon economic model, to understand the opportunities and threats with regards to costs savings, to supply chain management, procurement opportunities, health and wellbeing, and reputational impact
  • Detail how to develop robust sustainable supply chains
  • Explore how we develop and maintaining robust links between academia and business to use the wealth of knowledge and support available from the Universities in the East Midlands, especially how we envisage the circa £2bn investment slated for development of low carbon technologies
  • Explore how the business community can influence the future direction of policy with regards to sustainable, low carbon legislation, to ensure it is fit for purpose
  • Understand how business and local/national government can work together to become more sustainable
  • Hear about how to address the future skills needs that will arise from the developing low carbon economy
  • Understand the developing green finance models and how a company's financial health may be measured to include their environmental  footprint
  • Provide exemplar case studies
  • Enable networking with your peers over refreshments and a buffet lunch

Agenda (to be finalised)

Progressing the next steps for a productive, resilient and resource-efficient future - Delivered by the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Design and Production Sector’s Lead on sustainable manufacturing, Professor Peter Ball.

Reducing the impact of the manufacturing industry through proactive resource efficiency measures is enabling many businesses to save money, improve flow and create new opportunities.

This will be an overview of the recently published report (Nov 2019) which was inspired by their earlier report ‘Sustainable manufacturing – the next steps’, this thought piece from the IET Design and Production Sector provides a glimpse of what can be achieved.

Why does the Bank of England (BofE) think climate change is important? Jo Muir, Bank of England

Severe climatic changes could impact the economy in various ways, whether it’s affecting total economic activity, the productivity of the workforce or the smooth functioning of financial markets.

An important angle for the Bank of England is the risks that climate change poses for the stability of the financial system. Physical risks can arise from events like storms, floods, and droughts. Meanwhile, transition risks can arise from changes in policy (such as the Paris Agreement) and technology (such as the growth of renewable energy).

In this presentation, we will hear how are these financial risks relevant to the Bank’s work especially in relation to their responsibility for making sure that individual banks, insurance companies, and other financial institutions are safe and sound – and that they can remain open for business.

We will also hear about the response to global challenges that require global responses. The BofE is working with other central banks, financial regulators and other relevant partners to help reduce the overall risks to the financial system as a whole. This includes supporting an international initiative that encourages firms around the world to disclose more information on the financial risks from climate change.

Developing Sustainable Supply Chains - Professor Jose Arturo Garza-Reyes, Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement

Professor Garza-Reyes is the Professor of Operations Management and Head of the Centre for Supply Chain Improvement at the University of Derby, he is actively involved in industrial projects where he combines his knowledge, expertise and industrial experience in operations management to help organisations achieve excellence in their internal functions and supply chains.

The final detail of this presentation is to be confirmed in due course.

Delivering a sustainable business model on a practical level - business case studies (tbc)

Panel discussions and  Q & A 

Buffet lunch, networking

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