We will be sharing lots of information on our 2024 line-up in the coming weeks, but you can also check out some of the highlights from our 2023 sustainability summit via the video below:

Our 2024 Summit Sponsors:

Our 2024 All-Ireland Sustainability Headline Partner & Sponsor of the Main Stage:

Sponsor of our Net-Zero Stage:

Media Partner:

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Guest Keynote Speaker:

Richard Shotton

Richard Shotton:

 

Richard is the author of The Choice Factory, a best-selling book on how to apply findings from behavioural science to marketing.

Richard started his career as a media planner 18 years ago, working on accounts such as Coke, Lexus, and comparethemarket, before specialising in applying behavioural science to business problems.

He is the founder of Astroten, a consultancy that applies behavioural science to marketing.

He regularly runs training session with brands, big and small, using insights from behavioural science to help solve their problems. 

Main Stage Event Host:

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Andi Jarvis:

 

Andi Jarvis, Founder of Eximo Marketing, is a marketing strategist and professional speaker. He makes both of those worlds collide on his Strategy Sessions podcast. The show interviews some of the best marketers in the world and is ranked in the top 10% of business podcasts globally by Spotify.

Andi is an in-demand conference host and speaker, bringing a uniquely upbeat, lively and highly engaging energy to each of his events, whilst also helping audiences around the world demystify marketing, and as you’ll discover during our Green Communications session in particular at this year’s Summit.

You can find Andi on LinkedIn and Instagram.

Our 2024 Partners & Exhibitors:

Tesla will be attending this year’s event, and attendees will have the opportunity to test drive some of the electric vehicles that will be on display via the Milford Entrance throughout the day.

You can simply drop-in at any time, or pre-book your session via the button below.

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Summit Agenda:

Explore the agenda: Main Stage

Stay tuned for our 2024 Main Stage agenda, which will focus on the wider sustainability agenda:

Please be advised that the timetable below is being updated with more speakers, panelists and guests on a regular basis.

TimeAgenda
09:00MORNING NETWORKING WITH REFRESHMENTS
09:30CONFERENCE BEGINS WITH WELCOME TO ALL FROM MAIN STAGE
09:50 KEY NOTE PRESENTATION FROM RICHARD SHOTTON
10:15SESSION 1: ACHIEVING BETTER BUSINESS THROUGH CIRCULAR ECONOMY OPPORTUNITIES
Participating in this session:
-Stuart Mathieson, InterTradeIreland
-Invest NI
-DECC...
-Go Succeed
11:15NETWORKING BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS IN EXHIBITORS AREA
11:45SESSION 2: GREEN COMMUNICATIONS
Participating in this session:
-Andi Jarvis,
-Richard Shotton,
-Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)...
-Peter McVery, U105
12:00 - 12:15Presentation: 'Showing Your True Colours – Telling Your Green Story Without The Greenwash' - Cecilia Parker Aranha, CMA
12:15 - 13:00Panel discussion: Effective Green Marketing
-Led by Andi Jarvis
-Cecilia Parker Aranha, CMA
-Richard Shotton
-Peter McVerry, U105
13:00LUNCHTIME LEARNING: WORKSHOPS, LUNCH AND NETWORKING
45-min drop-in sessions include:
-Carbon Reduction planning with Carbonfit
-Sustainable Finance with Danske Bank
-Practical Tree Planting session with NIE Networks & CVNI
-Enabling sustainability in Agri- Food with Adler & Allen
14:15SESSION 3: THE SUSTAINABLE INNOVATION STAGE
Participating in this session:
-Ashley Shak, DogPatch Labs
-John Ferris, Ulster Bank....
14:15 - 14:30Presentation: Building Sustainable Startups, Ashley Shak, Dogpatch Labs
14:30 - 15:15Panel Discussion: Sustainable Innovation, led by John Ferris, Ulster Bank, Accelerator Programme
15:15NETWORKING BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS IN THE EXHIBITORS AREA
15:45FINAL SESSION & EVENT ROUNDUP: PANEL DISCUSSION: THE INTERSECTION OF AGRICULTURE, TOURISM & SSUSTAINABLE BUSINESS
Participating in this session:
-Tourism NI
-Adler & Allan
-Cups 2 Go, Killarney Project
-Jac Callan, Visit Belfast
-Veri Connect...
16:30EVENT CLOSE

Explore the agenda: Net-Zero Stage

Stay tuned for our 2024 Main Stage agenda, focusing on all things net-zero, renewables & carbon reduction:

Please be advised that the timetable below is being updated with more speakers, panelists and guests on a regular basis.

TimeAgenda
09:00MORNING NETWORKING WITH REFRESHMENTS
09:30CONFERENCE BEGINS: VIA MAIN STAGE
MAIN STAGE ONLY
10:15SESSION 1: CARBON REDUCTION PLANNING
Participating in this session:
-Carbonfit...
10:15Presentation: 10 Key Steps to Carbon Reduction Planning, with Annemarie Roddy, Carbonfit
Panel discussion: The carbon reduction journey, led by Carbonfit
11:15 NETWORKING BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS IN EXHIBITORS AREA
11:45SESSION 2: FUTURE OF ENERGY
Participating in this session:
-DPD Ireland
-Mid & East Antrim Borough Council
-NIE Networks
-ESB Networks
11:45Presentation from Stephen Tummons, DPD Ireland
12:10Fireside chat with Connor O'Doran, Mid & East Antrim on encouraging local innovation via the Hydrogen Training Academy
12:35Panel discussion with NIE Networks & ESB Networks re: The Future of Energy across the Island.
13:00LUNCHTIME LEARNING: WORKSHOPS, LUNCH AND NETWORKING
45-min drop-in sessions include:
-Carbon Reduction planning with Carbonfit
-Sustainable Finance with Danske Bank
-Practical Tree Planting session with NIE Networks & CVNI
-Enabling sustainability in Agri- Food with Adler & Allen
14:15SESSION 3: FINANCE, REGULATION & POLICY
Participating in this session:
-Danske Bank
-Geological Survey Northern Ireland (GSNI)
-Queen's University
-iCRAG / SFI Research Centre
-Trinity College Dublin
-NI Executive
14:15Fireside chat: We talk all things Sustainable Finance, with Chris Martin & Andrew Beare from Danske Bank
14:35Panel discussion, led by GSNI: Sustainability within the agri-food sector: the role of climate action for water and food security, including guests from the Institute of Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast, iCRAG / SFI Research Centre in Applied Geosciences, School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin, Green Growth and Climate Change at the NI Executive
15:15NETWORKING BREAK WITH REFRESHMENTS IN THE EXHIBITORS AREA
15:35CLOSE VIA MAIN STAGE
16:30EVENT CLOSE

Workshops:

Please be advised that all sessions are drop-in. Spaces cannot be pre-booked and are offered on a first-come, first served basis.

Four of our five workshop sessions offer a 45-min ‘lunchtime and learn’ opportunity so that you grab some lunch, and drop in to any of our sessions for even more learning and engagement opportunities.

Everun will be offering the only full-day ‘deep-dive’ session, which breaks up into 3 separate, drop-in workshop opportunities.

Check out the details below for more info.

During this workshop Everun will be focusing on how to successfully plan and implementing low carbon solutions into your organisation. This drop-in workshop will run throughout the day and will offer 3 key sessions, which will focus on the complete business journey:

  • 10:15 – 11:15: Understanding your baseline & Identifying appropriate solutions for your organisation
  • 11:45 – 13:00: Understanding costs, paybacks and calculating reductions in emissions for low-carbon solutions
  • 14:15 – 15:15: Creating opportunities for collaboration & shared resources

In this 45-min, lunchtime and learn session Carbonfit will guide attendees through their carbon reduction planning journey, so whether you’re just starting out, or already well into the process, this workshop is a valuable opportunity that you won’t want to miss.

This session will include an interactive discussion on the “10 Key Steps to Carbon Reduction Planning.”

Attendees will gain expert advice on how to unravel the intricacies of crafting a robust strategy for reducing carbon emissions. From understanding and assessing current carbon footprints to setting measurable goals, we will systematically explore the critical steps that form the foundation of an effective carbon reduction plan.

Our aim is not only to discuss the concepts but to engage in a dynamic conversation and develop an action plan that equips you with practical insights, fostering collaboration and accelerating your net zero journey.

This 45-min lunch time and learn session led by Danske Bank will focus on helping businesses understand how to access sustainable finance options.

This practical workshop will help participants understand what steps they can take to take advantage of sustainable finance solutions. The session will explore options such as Green Loans and Sustainability Linked Loans to help participants better understand the options available, and find the right fit for their business.

This session will be led by NIE Networks in partnership with the Conservation Volunteers NI and La Mon Hotel & Country Club.

The tree planting exercise will be happening throughout the day and has been organised to help offset some of the emissions created from those travelling to our event this year, whilst also helping to create a richer and more diverse area for nature on the La Mon Hotel grounds for guests to enjoy both today, and well into the future.

As ever, we can’t promise the weather, so if you’d like to get involved in planting a tree at this year’s event, please do bring along those wellies!

This 45-min, drop-in lunchtime and learn session, run by Adler & Allan, will focus on enabling sustainability within the Agri-Food sector. We will have more details to follow on this very soon!

Our 2023 speakers & panel members:

Ross Moffett

Ross joined Everun in late 2021 as Sales & Business Development Director to help introduce the full portfolio of renewable products to enhance the company and drive the growth of Everun in the renewable energy sector. Due to his efforts, this has allowed Everun to expand the team with the employment of an additional 20+ staff members in 2022 alone.

Previous to Ross joining Everun, Ross was in the automotive industry for over 20 years where he was a Business Manager in Mercedes-Benz and then also managed a small team in a Fleet Leasing company. Ross is particularly passionate about helping the homeless community and for the past 5 years has devoted his spare time into homeless outreach. He is affiliated with and gives back to social enterprises that oversee the donations of clothing and products, as well as ensuring the safety of the homeless community.

With the current energy and cost of living crisis, Ross wants to achieve a positive impact within his community and beyond through renewable energy. His aim is to leave a legacy and hopes to elevate Everun to become a household name in Renewables

Annmarie Roddy

Annemarie, Associate Director at Carbon Fit, is a qualified Engineer and leads the Net Zero compliance department within Carbonfit.

In 2019, based on shared client experience and feedback, Annemarie along with three other Chartered Engineers worked together to develop a solution to simplify carbon reporting, legislative requirements and deliver real carbon reduction, Carbonfit.

This solution is Carbonfit an Intelligent Net Zero Solution with an online platform at its heart with a mission to provide technology and support to businesses throughout Ireland and the UK, resulting in the acceleration of Net Zero journeys, well ahead of the 2050 deadline

With over 15 years’ experience working in the Energy and Carbon industry Annemarie’s experience spans a range of sectors including manufacturing, construction and hospitality.  In her role, she assists organisations to accelerate their Net Zero Journey, in line with and where possible ahead of SBTi .

Annemarie works on the Invest NI and Enterprise Ireland frameworks assisting clients on their decarbonisation journeys. This involves working with various sized companies from SMEs to Large Global organisations, each at various stages of their Net Zero Journey.  With greenwashing making headlines, Annemarie provides the guidance required to ensure our organisations can disclose and promote their Net Zero progress without concern.

Jac Callan

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Jac Callan is the Sustainability & Impact Manager at Visit Belfast. She is supporting Belfast on its journey towards becoming a leading sustainable tourism and events destination. Working across the tourism and events industry in Belfast, her role is to accelerate sustainable performance and encourage collaboration and sharing of best practise. Collaborative efforts of Belfast’s tourism and events industry to become more sustainable has helped the city secure the position of 8th in the world in the 2022 Global Destinations Sustainability Index (GDS-Index).

Working across all areas of Visit Belfast’s activity including, cruise tourism, leisure tourism, visitor servicing and conference and events, Jac’s aim is to harness the power of tourism and events to create positive impact for Belfast’s people, place and economy. Part of her role includes working with incoming conferences to help them organise more sustainable events that consider the 3 pillars of sustainability – environmental, social, and economic.

Dr Kirstin Lemon

Geological Survey of Northern Ireland

Dr Kirstin Lemon is Science Programme Manager at Geological Survey of Northern Ireland. Kirstin specialises in the use of geoscience as an enabler for sustainable development, especially in relation to climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Kirstin is a nominated member of the Royal Irish Academy’s Climate Change and Environmental Sciences multidisciplinary committee. She is an expert adviser to the UK National Commission on UNESCO on climate action and the role of the UN Sustainable Development Goals within UNESCO Global Geoparks.

Kirstin holds a BSc (Hons) in Geology (1st Class) from Queen’s University of Belfast and a PhD in Geological Sciences from Durham University. She has recently graduated from SOAS, University of London with a MSc in Climate Change and Development.

She is a graduate of the Northern Ireland Boardroom Apprentice initiative and has since been successful in obtaining a Ministerial appointment to the Board of Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

Cecilia Parker Aranha

Cecilia Parker Aranha has been a Director of Consumer Protection at the United Kingdom’s Competition and Markets Authority since 2014.

Cecilia is the Director with responsibility for the development of the CMA’s Green Claims Code (guidance for business on making environmental claims on goods and services), and for the CMA’s programme of investigations into misleading environmental claims, currently focused on the retail fashion and fast-moving consumer goods sector. She also contributed to the CMA’s advice to the UK Government on environmental sustainability and the competition and consumer protection regimes.

Cecilia represents the UK in the International Consumer Protection and Enforcement Network, a global network of more than 70 consumer protection bodies, whose mission is to protect consumers worldwide, co-leading work on greenwashing, and in the One Planet Network’s Working Group on Product Sustainability Information.

Cecilia splits her time between Edinburgh and Ballymoney, where she lives with her husband, her cats and her composting worms.

Chris Martin

Chris has 30 years’ experience in financial services with a background in retail, corporate banking and strategy roles.

He is responsible for the development and delivery of a comprehensive sustainability strategy and net zero outcome for Danske Bank’s UK operations. This includes, a focus on responding to both the risks and opportunities arising, along with developing solutions to help Danske customers make the transition to a net zero future.

Chris regularly contributes to articles and publications focusing on driving sustainability action across Northern Ireland and has spoken on the topics of sustainability and climate change at a variety of conferences and events. He is also a member of the BITC NI Climate Champion Steering Group.

Dr Kirstin Lemon

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John Ferris is Regional Ecosystem Manager with the Ulster Bank and spent his early career coding for a healthcare tech company in Pittsburgh before a 15 year stint in media. A journalist and editor at the North Belfast News, John also ran Ireland’s most successful independent food website, Forked. In 2013 John launched a wifi software technology startup, which was used in restaurants, cafés, hotels, stadia and vehicles around the world.

John joined Entrepreneurial Spark in 2015 to help support ambitious startups throughout Ireland. The social enterprise was bought over by NatWest, RBS and Ulster Bank in 2018. Since joining the team John has worked to support 750+ startups across the country. Those businesses have raised £35m+ in investment and created more than 1000 jobs.

Since 2019, John sits as a member of Ulster Bank’s Regional Board and leads on climate and the drive to support a more diverse entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northern Ireland. John has also taken on an additional role as Norther Ireland’s Dealmaker, Department for International Trade and this month launched The Untapped VC, a podcast focused on diversity in Venture Capital.

Connor O'Dornan

Connor is Net Zero Innovation and Delivery Manager, working in the Economic Development Department within Mid and East Antrim Borough Council and he develops and delivers a range of strategic projects which are designed to support economic growth and create an attractive investment proposition for the Borough as the CleanTech and Hydrogen hub for Northern Ireland.

Connor is responsible for delivery of the MEA Net Zero (MEANZ) Business project, funded under the Innovate UK Fast Followers Programme.  The MEANZ Business project aims to support the Mid and East Antrim area to address non-technical barriers to achieving Net Zero targets, both across Council services and within local industry.

Connor also managed the multi award winning Hydrogen Training Academy pilot project led by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council with support from academic partners in both further and higher education.

Stephen Tummons

Stephen Tummons is Sustainability Programme Manager for DPD Ireland and a seasoned sustainability professional with large project experience. He currently leads DPD’s sustainability programme to achieve its ambitious goal of reducing CO2 emissions per parcel by a staggering 90% by 2030. Within a year of joining Stephen has overseen the rollout of 150 EV’s doubling DPD Ireland Green Parcel % from 11% to 23%.

Stephen steers DPD’s efforts to transition to electric vehicles and expand their green delivery routes. He oversees sustainability in all of DPD’s depots in Ireland and Northern Ireland.

Before moving into corporate sustainability, Stephen began his career as a chef at the globally renowned Asador Extebarri before moving to Loam Galway, where he played an instrumental role in securing the Michelin guide’s first-ever sustainability award. Stephen has also swam the English Channel in 2022, becoming the 30th Irish person to do so.

Ronan McKeown

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Ronan is a Chartered Electrical Engineer who has worked in the Electricity Industry for almost 20 years. Over the course of his career, he has worked across a number of jurisdictions including Australia and GB. His experience includes Asset Management, renewable project delivery, regulation, network automation, as well as being a Senior Engineering consultant.

Ronan joined NIE Networks in 2015 and worked in a number of Asset Management roles. His most recent remit has been as Customer & Market Services Director in NIE Networks. This role is responsible for the majority of customer facing functions within NIE Networks, ranging across Network Connections, Digital Transformation, Market Operations and Customer Service. During this time, he has brought forward improvements in overall customer service metrics, NIE Networks’ Digital platforms and developing and delivering a Vulnerable Customer Strategy.

Ronan has a keen interest in Sustainability leadership and how electricity networks can play a key role in decarbonising society in Northern Ireland.

Ashley Shak


Ashley is the Head of Sustainability and Programmes at Dogpatch Labs– the leading startup hub in Ireland. At Dogpatch, she runs the 2050 Accelerator, Ireland’s national sustainability accelerator focused on making this country a testbed for sustainability innovation. Her expertise are in emerging markets, corporate innovation, and the social economy.

Previously, Ashley worked for various United Nations agencies such as UN Global Compact (NYC), UN Development Program (South Africa), and IFAD (Fiji). She has launched several successful UN accelerators that ran across 70 different countries and 600+ participating companies in the pilot year, and is a published UN author.

Stuart Mathieson

Dr Stuart Mathieson is Research Manager at InterTradeIreland, where he is responsible for research output and policy engagement. Previously Stuart worked as a policy officer at the Commission for Victims and Survivors and as a postdoctoral fellow at Dublin City University and Queens University Belfast.

A historian of science by training, he also writes a monthly column on science and the environment for the Irish Times.

Yosef Dvores

Yosef Dvores hails from Canada, and is a passionate Ecologist for nearly a decade. He has worked across Canada, NZ and South America before settling in Ireland in 2020. His extensive knowledge and deep passion for the environment has led him to work with businesses, local authorities, community groups and specifically farmers for this session in order to ensure nature and people can thrive in these changing times.

Amongst his success as Lead Ecologist with Veri Connect has been facilitating Ireland’s first and largest community seed bank. This project saw community members in the border area, many of whom were farmers, collect native wildflowers in order to preserve and enhance biodiversity. Yosef’s seed saving projects encapsulate the essence of Climate Action – making a lasting impact by increasing ecosystem resilience whilst building stronger communities.

Yosef has just completed training for Tourism Northern Ireland attended by over 70 Tourism businesses – ‘Threats to Biodiversity’ and ‘Commitment to Climate Change’. Also playing a leading role in the award winning €1 million euro Wildwork Biodiversity project for three local development partners via the LEADER programme.

Peter McVerry

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Peter has been Station Manager for U105 since May 2008, and previous to that he worked as a print journalist for The Irish News and Belfast Telegraph for a combined total of 4 years.

Peter joined UTV Media plc in 2000 to edit their website, u.tv, and then progressed into television and content production before joining U105 as Editor, Speech on its launch in late 2005, before assuming responsibility for the station overall in the spring of 2008.

Peter is Chair of the Radio Academy NI branch, aimed at encouraging entry into and excellence within radio. He also reports on NI for sister station Times Radio in London.

Peter has also been a Board Member of the Skillset NI Advisory Group, the Creative Industries’ Sector Skills Council (SSC) which includes TV, film, radio, interactive media, animation and computer games.

Mark Madigan

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Mark is currently Head of Strategic Engagement with ESB Networks.

As set out in the ESB Networks – Networks for Net Zero strategy document, which was launched in 2023, ESB Networks is committed to playing its part to achieve the Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan targets for 2025 and 2030, and to develop a net zero-ready distribution network by 2040. This net zero distribution network will support the Republic of Ireland’s net zero ambition no later than 2050.

The Strategic Engagement Team supports the delivery of the Networks for Net Zero strategy by ensuring we have constructive and robust landowner engagement structures and practices, two-way strategic and informed Stakeholder engagement and a brand that is recognised and respected.

John Greer

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John Greer is the Director of Economic Development at Belfast City Council and leads a team delivering the economic development, tourism, festival, heritage and markets strategies developed to deliver the ambitious inclusive growth targets of the Belfast Agenda.

Prior to Belfast City Council, John was the Director of the Joint Technical Secretariat for the Special EU Programmes Body, where he was responsible for the placement and management of the €550 million

PEACE IV and INTERREG VA programmes. Before his role at SEUPB John spent more than a decade working in North America. In Vancouver, Canada John was a Director for the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) responsible for managing a fund providing monies to high growth SME’s to enable their growth. Also during his time in Vancouver John was a Partner at the Business Development Bank of Canada responsible for managing a team delivering innovative debt, equity and subordinate financing solutions to Canadian businesses.  Before moving to Vancouver, he was a Director at Invest Northern Ireland based in Silicon Valley, leading a team delivering foreign direct investment and trade opportunities for N. Ireland.

John is married with 2 children.

Ben Craig

Ben Craig is Head of Partnerships and Business Development at Carbonfit, who provide a world class carbon footprint management solution for organisations of all sizes.

He has been working in sustainable business as a founder and consultant for over a decade and in previous roles, Ben spearheaded initiatives yielding £3.4m savings and 41.9k tonnes CO2e reduction in Northern Ireland and led research into advancing a circular economy on the island of Ireland.

He is an engaging public speaker that focuses on the practical actions organisations can take to drive impact and has presented at a wide range of events from supply chain to policy or business forums.

Ben lectures on decarbonization and Net Zero at the Institute of Sustainability Studies and as a former 4th in the world kayak surfer spends as much time as possible outside of work in the sea or outdoors with his son.

Andrew Beare

Andrew has over 15 years’ experience in financial services with an extensive background in change leadership and strategy delivery.

He is currently responsible for supporting Danske Bank UK transition to a more sustainable future and ultimately achieve net zero. This includes supporting the organisation, including customers through a programme of education, product development and process improvement.

Andrew has completed a Masters in Sustainable Development through Queens University Belfast where he developed leadership skills in the area of sustainability.

Staying in Belfast?

We have teamed up with accommodation partner, La Mon Hotel & Country Club, to give our attendees an exclusive offer on an overnight stay.

Room rates are as follows and includes breakfast:

Superior room for single occupancy: £105
Superior room for double occupancy: £125

To book phone The La Mon Hotel & Country Club directly on (0044) 28 90 448631.

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To avail of this opportunity use the code BLEISURE23.

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