2015 Political Party Conference Events
UK leadership in the low carbon economy: strategic investment, value driven development and sustainable growth
Sponsored by RWE Innogy and supported by Tata Steel.
The sustainability hub supports dialogue and debate to promote a low carbon society by bringing together businesses, NGOs, academics and Government leadership. The hub 2015 Party Conferences events provide a forum for industry leaders to add their voices and to engage with key political stakeholders to impress upon them the broad and diverse support for action on sustainable growth.
Liberal Democrats with Green Liberal Democrats: Tuesday 22nd September 2015, 19.45-21.30, Connaught Suite, Connaught Hotel, Bournemouth.
Debate: “Winning the Battle of ideas”. What can progressive forces in Britain do to win the battle of ideas and how can progressive politicians learn to work together across the party divide?
Chair: Simon Oliver, Chair, Green Liberal Democrats.
Speakers: Caroline Lucas MP, Green Party; Neal Lawson, Chair, Compass; Fiona Hall, former leader, Lib Dems, European Parliament.
Reception: Addressed by Baroness Parminter, Spokesperson for Environment and Rural Affairs; Mike Parker, Head of Onshore Wind, RWE Innogy and Kieran O'Connell, Public Affairs Manager (UK), Tata Steel Europe.
Labour with SERA: Monday 28th September 2015, 19.30-21.00, Osbourne Room, Metropole Hotel, Brighton.
Chair: Ruth Cadbury MP, SERA member
Speakers: Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Shadow DECC Minister; Lisa Nandy MP, Shadow Secretary of State, DECC; Mike Parker, Head of Onshore Wind, RWE Innogy and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel Europe.
Featuring eco action games – fun and games to save the planet
Conservatives with Conservative Environment Network: Monday 5th October 2015, 17.45-19.00, Petersfield Suite, Midland Hotel, Manchester
Chair: Charles Perry, Founder, Second Nature.
Speakers: Ben Caldecott, Steering Committee, CEN; Rory Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary, DEFRA; Mike Parker, Head of Onshore Wind, RWE Innogy and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel Europe.
SNP: in Aberdeen
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Eco action playground comes to the House of Commons
The sustainability hub and Carillion are delighted to bring the ‘eco action playground’ to Parliament offering Members of Parliament a fresh approach to sustainability, engagement and behaviour change.
We are providing a fun way for MPs to learn about sustainability and little changes we can all do to reduce energy use, save money and look after the environment. The ‘eco-action playground’ is a set of educational tools cunningly disguised as fun games. The games take inspiration from classics including Bingo, Twister, Snakes & Ladders and Top Trumps.
The pop-up playground will be in the House of Commons, Dining Room A, July 15th, 12.30 until 2.30 pm. Sustainability professionals will provide constituency information and key facts about reducing energy consumption.
For more information about eco action games contact Karen Potter
or call 07870 204997
Parliamentary Speed (Up)dating for MPs
10 June, 4.00-6.00 pm Dining Room A ,
House of Commons, Westminster, SW1
Supported by Novamont & Lavazza
The first weeks after the General Election are a hectic time, and sometimes it's difficult to keep up to speed with the latest developments in areas that you care about. With that in mind, 30 of the UK’s leading green companies, thought-leaders and NGOs have joined forces to provide updates for those in a dash!
Every organisation attending will just present their ‘elevator pitch’ allowing you to quickly hear from multiple groups and arrange follow up meetings for those you would like further information from at a later date.
Please drop in any time from 4pm to 6pm. Refreshments will be served throughout and there will be a drinks reception after the main event has finished.
2014 Political Party Conferences
UK leadership in the low carbon economy: delivering an equitable transformation
For over a decade, environment groups and organisations promoting sustainable growth have gathered together in a united effort at the UK party conferences to engage and inform politicians. In 2011 the Climate Clinic, a coalition of leading environment and sustainability groups, took the decision to suspend activities leaving a void in the presence of organisations promoting action on climate change and sustainable growth.
The sustainability hub reception has been developed to provide the platform for groups wanting to add their voice in a collaborative fashion and engage directly with key political contacts and influential stakeholders on climate change and sustainable economic development at the 2014 Party Conferences.
The Party Conferences offer a unique opportunity to meet with key political leaders in an accessible setting and this event will leverage the direct access to impress upon political leadership the broad support for action on sustainable growth.
Labour with SERA: Monday 22 September, 21.30-23.00, Global Development Hub @ Charter Gallery, Manchester Central, Manchester
Introduction: Melanie Smallman, SERA
Speakers: Rt Hon Caroline Flint MP, Shadow Secretary of State, DECC; Martin Fahey, Sustainable Solutions Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems; Dave Sowden, CEO, Sustainable Energy Association
Conservatives with Conservative Environment Network: Tuesday 30 September, 19.30-21.00, Castle Fine Gallery, ICC, Birmingham
Introduction: Jessica Lennard, Conservative Environment Network
Speakers: Amber Rudd MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary, DECC; Martin Fahey, Sustainable Solutions Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems; Dave Sowden, CEO, Sustainable Energy Association
Liberal Democrats with Green Liberal Democrats: Tuesday 7th October 2014, 21.30-23.00, Staffa/Shuna Rooms, Crowne Plaza, Glasgow
Introduction: Simon Oliver, Chair, Green Liberal Democrats
Speakers: Rt Hon Edward Davey MP, Secretary of State, DECC; Martin Fahey, Sustainable Solutions Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems; Dave Sowden, CEO, Sustainable Energy Association.
'Green and growth: We can have both - lessons for road transport and other sectors'
The full programme
This free to attend event, sponsored by Jaguar Land Rover and featuring Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Danny Alexander MP, is hosted by sustainability hub in association with the Low Carbon Vehicle Partnership. It will examine how the UK can secure a technological edge and encourage industry to continue investing in in low carbon vehicle technologies by maintaining a consistent and long-term policy approach, avoiding calls to roll back commitments aimed at helping to achieve a low carbon future.
The automobile industry has been emerging as an exemplar for successful collaboration between industry, policy makers and other stakeholders in recent years with Government, at national and European levels; providing generally clear and consistent policy signals to encourage the introduction of greener, lower carbon and more efficient vehicles.
Carbon emissions from new cars sold in the UK have fallen by 30% since 2000. In recent years, the UK motor sector has been a bright spot in a generally bleak economic picture with many examples of significant investment, particularly in electric/hybrid vehicle production and other low carbon technologies which have provided jobs and growth, often in regions of otherwise low growth and weak economic prospects.
Experience from the road transport sector will be compared and contrasted with experience from other sectors by a collection of leading policy and industry speakers and commentators.
Chaired by James Murray, Editor, businessGreen, speakers include:
The Rt Hon Danny Alexander MP, Chief Secretary to the Treasury; Stephen Crisp, Director of Global Government Affairs, Jaguar Land Rover; Joe Greenwell, Chief Executive Officer, Automotive Investment Organisation; Professor Paul Ekins, Director, UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources; Jennifer Webber, Director of External Affairs, RenewableUK; Dave Sowden, Chief Executive, Sustainable Energy Association; John Sauven, Executive Director, Greenpeace UK; James Cameron, Chairman, Climate Change Capital; Iain Wright MP, Shadow Industry Minister.
The Green Manifesto
Launch of policy proposals for the Liberal Democrat 2015 election manifesto Liberal Sustainability Network/Green Book, with the sustainability hub.
Tuesday 11th March 2014, 3.00-5.15pm. Attlee Suite, Portcullis House, House of Commons, Westminster
Chair: Baroness Kate Parminter, Co-chair of Defra LibDem Parliamentary Party Committee
Proposer: Tim Farron MP, President, Liberal Democrats
Respondents: Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive Good Energy; James Murray, Editor, Business Green; David Nussbaum, Chief Executive WWF-UK.
Following on from The Green Book: New Directions for Liberals in Government last year comes The Green Manifesto, a comprehensive set of proposals for the policies the Liberal Democrats need to adopt and campaign on to retain and increase support among green-minded voters.
2013 Party conferences
Liberal Democrats: Monday 16 September @ 20.00-21.15, Room Alsh2, SECC, Exhibition Way Glasgow G3 8YW
Speakers: Fiona Hall MEP, Member,Committee on Industry, Research and Energy; Baroness Maddock, President, Micropower Council and Vice President, NEA; Martin Fahey, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel.
Labour: Monday 23 September @ 18.00-19.30, Albert Room, De Vere Grand Hotel, King's Rd, Brighton, BN1 2FW
Speakers: Rt Hon Caroline Flint, Shadow Secretary of State for DECC; Melanie Smallman, National Secretary, SERA; Martin Fahey, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel.
Conservatives: Monday 30 September @ 17.30-19.00, Wyvern Bar, Midland Hotel, Peter St, Manchester M60 2DS
Speakers: Rt Hon Greg Barker MP, Minister of State for Climate Change; Laura Sandys MP; Martin Fahey, Mitsubishi Electric Living Systems and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel.
Delivering the green economy; is there a political will?’
Tuesday 3 September, 18:00–20.00, Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, Westminster. London. SW1A 2LW
Chair: Peter Aldous MP, Chair, APIEG;
Speakers: Luciana Berger MP, Shadow Minister for Climate Change; Tom Burke, Founding Director, E3G; Ben Page, IPSOS MORI; Martin Fahey, Sustainable Solutions Manager, Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems and Tim Morris, Head of Public Affairs, Tata Steel
The format was a seminar followed by a drinks reception addressed by Rt Hon Ed Davey MP, Secretary of State for DECC and Siobonne Brewster, Director of ECO and Green Deal, Carillion
The reception was kindly sponsored by Carillion.