Join 3Ci in Glasgow to hear local experiences of net zero financing, understand the Glasgow Net Zero Investment Strategy, discuss the pipeline of net zero projects in the area, and help shape 3Ci’s future plans for technical assistance and demonstrator projects.
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The Merchants House of Glasgow, Collectors Office 0/1, 7 West George Street, Glasgow, G2 1BA
15th September 2022
12:30pm - 6:30pm

This Investment Forum will bring together city and business leaders, investors, and national government to accelerate financial flows into local net zero projects. It will showcase net zero projects at different stages of maturity and welcome an open dialogue about how early-stage projects can be shaped into compelling net zero investment opportunities. 

For local authority professionals in Bristol and beyond, this event will provide the opportunity to understand the ways local net zero projects attract investment and how 3Ci can help bring projects forward for financing. It is also an opportunity to discuss 3Ci’s plans for a series of demonstrator projects, designed to test its place-based, blended finance model for net zero investment. 

For investors, this event will offer insight into local authorities’ projects and open a dialogue to ensure the right investment decisions are factored into both local projects and national programmes. 

For professionals in business and national government the event will provide a chance to understand the opportunities that can be unlocked through net zero and help shape the agenda by sharing priorities and challenges.   

In addition, all attendees will be invited to help shape 3Ci’s plans for a national technical facility to support local authorities access expertise in net zero project identification, design, and financing. This work is being developed in collaboration with the Green Finance Institute (GFI) and Jacobs. 

The event will also provide the perfect opportunity to network and strengthen relationships with professionals involved in bringing net zero projects to life. 

Cllr Susan Aitken
Glasgow City Council
Susan Aitken has been Leader of Glasgow City Council since May 2017 and is the first SNP Leader of the ...
Susan Aitken has been Leader of Glasgow City Council since May 2017 and is the first SNP Leader of the Council. For her work to deliver equal pay justice for thousands of women in the city, she was awarded Scottish Local Government Politician of the Year.

Under her leadership Glasgow has been named the host of COP26, a Global Green City, and the European Capital of Sport for 2023.

Susan has worked in a variety of policy and research roles in the Scottish Parliament and the third sector, and as a freelance writer and editor specialising in health and social care policy. She is a graduate of both Glasgow and Strathclyde Universities.

Prof Greg Clark CBE
He is chair of the Connected Places Catapult (CPC), the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place-leadership, ...
He is chair of the Connected Places Catapult (CPC), the UK’s innovation accelerator for cities, transport and place-leadership, and Chair of the UK Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci) which convenes city leaders and urban investors to finance a just net zero transition. He is a Board member of Transport for London (TfL) and the London LEP. He chairs TfL’s new Land and Property Committee that oversees TfL low carbon property and housing company (TTLP).  He is a member of the WEF Global Future Council on Cities & Urbanisation and a member of the Bloomberg NEF Council on Cities.  He is Hon Prof of Urban Innovation at Strathclyde University and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is author of 10 books and 100 reports on cities, innovation, investment and place-leadership. His monthly column: The Planet of Cities, is hosted by RICS. He is Global Cities expert on the BBC World Service Series, My Perfect City.

Greg is a world expert on cities, urban innovation, investment, and the net zero transition. Over 35 years, he has worked with more than 300 cities, 40 national governments, 20 multilateral institutions, and multiple global corporates and investors. His previous roles include Group Advisor, Future Cities & New Industries at HSBC Investment Bank, Chair of the OECD Forum of Cities & Regions, Global Fellow on Cities and Metropolitan leadership at the Brookings Institution, and Global Fellow on Urban Investment at the Urban land Institute. He was Lead Advisor on Cities to the UK Gov, and was Executive Director of the London Development Agency and Managing Director of Greater London Enterprise. He has been a senior advisor on urban investment to the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and the European Investment Bank.

He has chaired more than 20 internal advisory boards for individual cities that are reformulating their future investment strategies, long term plans, and governance, including New York, Mumbai, Sao Paulo, Johannesburg, Mumbai, Sydney, Auckland, Barcelona, Vienna, and Oslo. He has led comparative studies on Chinese, Australian, European, North American, Latin American, Middle Eastern, Chinese, ASEAN, and Indian Cities.  Since 2020 he has been tracking the impact of the COVID pandemic on 100 cities globally, and has developed a unique framework for assessing the post-pandemic city.

Steve Turner
Steve is based at the Connected Places Catapult where he his Director of ...
Steve is based at the Connected Places Catapult where he his Director of 3Ci – the Cities Commission for Climate Investment. Working with the Advisory Board he has overall managerial responsibility for the implementation of the 3Ci’s strategy and operations working closely with leaders from cities, industry, finance and government. As a recognised leader in innovation and sustainability he has over 25 years of experience working in both the public and private sector. Previously, he was Digital Cities Leader for Arup where he delivered sustainability focussed technology strategies for some of the largest developments in the UK, Europe and the Middle East, representing £billions of investment. He has held several senior positions across local government, primarily in London and Manchester. As Head of Low Carbon Economy in Greater Manchester he established the UK’s first Low Carbon Economic Area and a joint venture alongside the Green Investment Bank. He also established the city’s widely admired sustainability innovation programmes, Triangulum and CityVerve.

Martin Booth
Executive Director
Glasgow City Council
Kit England
Green Economy Manager
Glasgow City Council
Kit is the Green Economy Manager for Glasgow City Council, where he leads on the development of the Glasgow Green ...
Kit is the Green Economy Manager for Glasgow City Council, where he leads on the development of the Glasgow Green Deal, fostering the wider systemic transformation for an economy which works for the wellbeing of all, within planetary boundaries.

Prior to this, Kit was a Climate Resilience Business Manager for sustainability charity, Sniffer, where he set up and managed the Climate Ready Clyde partnership – a group of 15 organisations collaborating. A key part of this role was developing the Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy and Action Plan – a transformational strategy to ensure Glasgow City Region flourishes in its future climate in a decade.

Kit has also had various additional roles at the intersection of local and regional development and climate, including advising the Joseph Rowntree Foundation on its climate change and social justice programme, and working on climate policy and economic development for Newcastle City Council. He was a contributing author to the third UK Climate Change Risk Assessment. In 2020 he was named one of only five of EIT Climate-KIC’s Climate Action Champions. He also sits on the ISO and BSi working groups on climate adaptation standards, and is a Director of Alston Moor Community Energy. “

Zoe Jennings
Head of Engagement

What's on and When

Day 1
15th September
12:45 - 13:30
Registration & Welcome Lunch
13:30 – 13:35
Chair’s Opening Remarks
13:35 – 13:45
13:45 – 14:20
Panel Discussion - Local Experiences of Public-Private Financing of Net Zero Programmes
14:20 – 14:45
Glasgow Net Zero Investment Strategy
14:45 – 15:15
Coffee Break  and networking
15:15 – 16:45
Workshops: Shaping Bankable Local Net Zero Projects
16:50 – 17:10
Reflections & Action Plan
17:10 – 17:15
Chair’s Closing Remarks
17.15 – 18:45
Drinks Reception
Event Close