Connections Café: Accelerating the Journey to Net Zero

DATE: 1 December, 2021

LOCATION: online event

START TIME: 10:30 am END TIME: 3:00 pm

Our last Connections Café of 2021 will be an online event on Wednesday 1st December.

Connections Café is our series of SME innovation support events that explore developments and opportunities in the built environment and mobility sectors that enable new levels of physical, digital and social connectedness. They offer support and guidance to growing businesses to help them bridge the gap between new innovations and commercial success.

We welcome all SMEs and businesses who work within these exciting sectors.

Following COP26, it has been made clear that identifying challenges and setting ambitious targets to tackle the climate crisis is just the beginning of reaching a sustainable solution to climate change. We now need to turn our attention to the tangible and proactive actions and behavioural changes required to achieve real, lasting change.

This post-COP26 event hosted by Connected Places Catapult is deepening the conversations surrounding the actions required to meet the ambitious Net Zero goals set out during COP26. Starting locally, the first panel session will showcase how SMEs can receive support in Glasgow to achieve their Net Zero commitments.

Our next session brings together SMEs, academics and government stakeholders to help us understand the UK-wide societal and behavioural changes needed for us to achieve our targets.

Finally, we look beyond the UK as we examine how international partnerships with SMEs, city governments, bodies and organisations –such as those hosted by Connected Places Catapult during COP26 – are crucial to tackling our challenges to reach our shared Net Zero goals.

By attending this event, you will be able to connect with key stakeholders in the drive towards Net Zero and participate in roundtable discussions with SMEs, industry experts and government officials, in the UK and Latin American markets.

Agenda

10:30 – 10:35

Welcome by Connected Places Catapult

Speaker: Amandla Uzoka-Jarrett, SME Development Manager, Connected Places Catapult

10:35 – 10:45

Connected Places Catapult & COP26

Overview of why Connected Places Catapult were at COP26, Connected Places Catapult’s thematic focus and the support available for SMEs in their transition to Net Zero.

  • Speaker: Alisdair Ritchie, SME Development Team Lead, Connected Places Catapult
10:45 – 11:10

Journey to Net Zero: The Legacy of COP26 and the Transition to Net Zero with Glasgow Chamber of Commerce & Q&A

Presentation and discussion on the support Glasgow Chamber of Commerce provides to help SMEs Transition, the additional support needed, and the Post COP-26 Opportunities for SMEs in Glasgow in built environment and transport to help achieve the Net Zero Agenda, followed by a Q&A.

  • Moderator: Amandla Uzoka-Jarrett, SME Development Manager, Connected Places Catapult
  • Speaker: Stuart Patrick, Chief Executive Officer, British Chamber of Commerce
11:10 – 11:35

Glasgow City Council Presentation / Q&A

Presentation on the Importance of Place-Based Leadership to Accelerate Business Innovation and the Transition to Net Zero in Glasgow.

  • Moderator: Antonia O’Callaghan, Academic Engagement and SME Community Coordinator, Connected Places Catapult
  • Speaker: Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council
11:35 – 11:50

Journey to Net Zero: Insights from an Innovative SME on Decarbonizing the Construction Industry

Presentation on Decarbonising the Construction Industry, insights from being part of the HS2 cohort and the Importance of Industry Working with Academia to Solve the Global Net Zero Targets, followed by a Q&A.

  • Moderator: Antonia O’Callaghan, Academic Engagement and SME Community Coordinator, Connected Places Catapult
  • Speaker: Paul Duddy, CEO of Hypervine
11:50 – 12:00

Coffee Break

12:00 – 12:45

Panel Discussion: Our Race to Net Zero: Societal Level Changes Needed for Net Zero

Presentation on the behavioral and societal changes required to drive investment and accelerate decarbonization efforts in key sectors such as transport and construction, to ultimately transition to Net Zero.

  • Moderator: Amandla Uzoka-Jarrett, SME Development Manager, Connected Places Catapult

Speakers:

  • Cllr Susan Aitken, Leader of Glasgow City Council
  • Stuart Patrick, CEO, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce
  • Ian Hill, Strategic Lead for Innovation for the University of St Andrews’ Eden Campus Project
  • Paul Duddy, CEO of Hypervine
12:45 – 13:00

Wrap Up (for the First Session)

Overview and key takeaways of the first few sessions and the call to action for UK PLC in transport and built environment.

  • Speaker: Richard Bellingham, Director, Institute for Future Cities, University of Strathclyde
13:00

End of session one

13:00 – 13:10

Welcome from the Global Team

Speaker: Dr Amy Hochadel, Director of Global Business, Connected Places Catapult

13:10 – 13:40

Presentation and Panel Discussion on Implementing the Climate Commitments Post COP26 with Sao Paulo and UK Partnerships

Overview of CPC’s Latin America Net Zero Challenges project, the challenges to achieving Net Zero in Sao Paulo, the potential opportunities to implement the Climate Commitment Post COP26 via UK and Sao Paulo partnerships. This session will also include the announcement of a new funding opportunity.

  • Moderator: Dr Amy Hochadel, Director of Global Business, Connected Places Catapult

Speakers:

  • Cindy Parker, Director of SIN LatAm Regional Hub
  • Fiona Clouder, COP26 Regional Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean
13:45 – 14:20

Presentation and Roundtable Discussion on Net Zero Beyond the UK: Partnering to Achieve Net Zero with Latin America

Presentation on the launch of the net zero profiles and reports and the opportunities to tackle Net Zero in Buenos Aires, Panama City and wider Latin America.

Speakers:

  • Dr Tim Moonen, Co-Founder and Managing Director of The Business of Cities
  • Jake Nunley, The Business of Cities
  • Jannia Samuels Moscote, Deputy Director of Department of Resilience, Municipality of Panama City
  • Emerson Alves da Silva, Technical Director, Department of Technology and Innovation, Government of the State of Sao Paulo
  • Nahuel Pugliese, Advisor on Climate Change, Climate Change Department of the Environmental Protection Agency, Buenos Aires
  • Representative from FCDO Mexico
14:20 – 14:30

Wrap Up of Second Session

Moderator: Dr Amy Hochadel, Director of Global Business, Connected Places Catapult

14:35

Event Ends

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