Environment 2010
24 Nov 2010
The Environment Agency National Conference: Creating a better place, a sustainable future. To be held at Central Hall, Westminster

This year’s annual conference will focus on the state of our environment - from water to waste, farming to flooding. Experts from the UK and abroad will assess how we can best mitigate or adapt to our changing climate.

Programme
09:00
Interview:
Paul Leinster CBE, Chief Executive, Environment Agency

09:05
Interview:
Jane Davidson AM, Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Welsh Assembly Government Chief Executive

09:50
Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst
Conference Chair’s opening remarks

10:00
Rt Hon. Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chairman, Environment Agency
Welcome and introduction

10:15
Rt Hon. Caroline Spelman MP, Secretary of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
Keynote address

10:35
Jane Davidson AM Minister for Environment, Sustainability and Housing, Welsh Assembly Government Chief Executive
Meeting our environmental commitments

10:45
State Of Our Environment QandA
Session 1 State of Our Environment QandA

10:50
Paul Leinster CBE, Chief Executive, Environment Agency
Tackling the challenges

11:00
Paul Monaghan, Head of Sustainability and Social Goals, The Co-operative
Improving the environment through responsible retail

11:45
Session 1 QandA 2 QandA with Paul Leinster and Paul Monaghan
Session 1 QandA

12:15
Kanat Emiroglu, Managing Director, British Gas Business Towards a low carbon society
12:30
Panel discussion: Driving sustainable, profitable businesses
Mark Elborne, President and Chief Executive Officer, General Electric (GE) UK, Ireland and Benelux Melanie Leech, Director-General, Food and Drink Federation David Whitehead, Director, British Ports Association

13:00
Lunch, exhibition and networking
14:00
Dr Nick Eyre, Jackson Senior Research Fellow in Energy, Oriel College, University of Oxford and Co-Director of the UK Energy Research Centre
Meeting the low carbon energy challenge

14:15
Panel discussion: Meeting the low carbon energy challenge
Paul Cowling, Managing Director, npower Renewables Andrew Simms, Policy Director and Head of Climate Change and Energy, nef Ravi Gurumurthy, Director – Strategy, Department of Energy and Climate Change Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder, Futerra Sustainability Communications

14:55
Graham Wynne, Committee on Climate Change Adaptation Sub-Committee
The challenges of a changing climate

15:05
Panel discussion: Adaptation
Peter Kendall, President, National Farmers Union Julia Evans, Chief Executive, National Federation of Builders Dr Mark Howden, Chief Research Scientist and Theme Leader, Adaptive Primary Industries and Enterprises, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation

15:30
Refreshments, exhibition and networking
16:00
Interactive debate 1: Adapting to climate change
Chair: Sonia Phippard, Director, Water, Floods, Environmental Risk & Regulation, Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs Cllr Gary Porter, Chairman, LGA Environment Board Lisa Horrocks, Knowledge Leader in Climate Risk and Adaptation, AEA Robert Barker, Founding Partner, Baca Architects Pat Boyle, PWS Assurance Manager, Met Office

16:00
Interactive debate 2: Meeting our water quality targets
Chair: Ian Barker, Head of Water, Environment Agency Dr Mike Clarke, Chief Executive, RSPB Richard Aylard CVO, External Affairs and Sustainability Director, Thames Water Peter Kendall, President, National Farmers’ Union

16:00
Interactive debate 3: E-waste
Chair: Ed Mitchell, Director of Environment and Business, Environment Agency Michael Warhurst, Senior Waste and Resources Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Gerrard Fisher, Programme Manager – Sustainable Products, WRAP Andy Griffiths, Vice President, Samsung Electronics UK

16:00
Interactive debate 4: ENVIRONMENTAGENCY
Chair: DECC Stewart Baseley, Executive Chairman, Home Builders’ Federation John Wood, President, Institution of Mechanical Engineers David Balmforth, Vice President, ICE Andrew Simms, Policy Director and Head of Climate Change and Energy, nef

16:00
Interactive debate 5: Cleaner energy (coal/Renewables)
Chair: Tony Grayling, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Development, Environment Agency Dr Alan Whitehead MP, Chair, Associate Parliamentary Renewable and Sustainable Energy Group James P Leape, Director General, WWF Dr Jim Watson, Director, The Sussex Energy Group, University of Sussex

17:00
Rt Rev James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool
Protecting our environment in a changing world

17:05
Lisa Jackson, Administrator, US Environmental Protection Agency
Closing lecture: Protecting our environment in a changing world

17:25
Chair's closing remarks, Lord Chris Smith Chairman, Environment Agency
Closing remarks

17:30
Environment Agency Environmental Pioneers Award and Reception
Guest speaker: Rt Hon. Chris Huhne MP, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change

18:00
Awards ceremony
18:30
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