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Business Lunch: How Can SMEs Achieve Net Zero?

  • Solarsense Brockley Lane Bristol, England, BS48 United Kingdom (map)

Join us for a wonderful lunchtime break in the countryside, learn about how to sustainably grow your business, and get some fresh air out of the hustle and bustle of every day life. The Future Economy Network is excited to hold this seminar on how small and medium enterprises can achieve a net zero energy goal. We will be sponsored by subscribers Nexus Capital Partners and co-hosted by subscribers Solarsense - with a chance to check out their clean energy tech in action. We will be joined by subscribers Nexus Capital Partners, CarbonLens and Solarsense to speak.

David McDonald - MA, ACMA, CGMA – Nexus Capital Partners LLP

In an environment which is growing increasingly intolerant and even hostile towards businesses which do not recognise their responsibility to operate in a sustainable way, it falls to directors and managers to review what they can do to improve business performance. Strategic goals are rapidly shifting to respond to the growing pressure from the public to minimise the environmental impact of their activities. In a recent Barclays survey of 500 SMEs it was found that over 80% had already taken some action in this area, and of these some 79% had reported positive impacts on their businesses.

In this session, you can learn about some practical steps that can be taken to improve both financial and environmental performance, including resource efficiency and behind the meter energy investments.

Tim Cook, Renewable Energy Consultant, Solarsense

With the UK moving towards a target of becoming net zero, Tim will focus on how solar PV can play a pivotal role in addressing our climate emergency and achieving this goal.

 Tim will explain how solar panels can make a significant reduction in a company’s CO2 emissions; helping organisations to demonstrate a greener energy agenda, whilst making a healthy return on investment. He will explain how solar has evolved in recent years, the financial benefits sought and ways in which to maximise on-site energy generation to increase financial returns. He will also provide an update on government incentives, current grants and subsidy free solar.

Dr Simon Russell Forsyth, Director, CarbonLens

How, in the real world, does a small organisation become carbon neutral?

The PAS2060 standard defines how in six steps. One, decide exactly what to include. Two, work out the carbon footprint of everything that falls within this scope. Three, lay out a carbon management plan, with targets - everything you’re doing to reduce that footprint. Four, measure exactly how much it’s reduced after, say, a year. Five, work out how you’re going to offset the emissions you cannot avoid - everyone has them. Six, decide how best to tell everyone.

Scope it, measure it, manage it, check the targets, offset what remains, tell the story. Simon will outline exactly how - with real-world examples.


12:30 - 13:00 - Registration & Lunch

13:00 - 13:10 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

13:10 - 13:25 - David McDonald, Nexus

13:25 - 13:40 - Tim Cook, Solarsense

13:40 - 13:55 - Simon Forsyth, Carbonlens

13:55 - 14:20 - Q&A

14:20 - 14:25 - 60 Second Pitches

14:25 - 14:30 - Close

14:30 - 15:00 - Networking, Optional Solarsense Tour & Coffee

Get To Know Our Speakers!

David McDonald - MA, ACMA, CGMA – Nexus Capital Partners LLP

David is a seasoned Finance and Operations Director with extensive commercial experience across several sectors. He has run a specialist consultancy since 2003 with a clear focus on value creation, either through strategic investment, resource efficiency or cost management. Current projects include hospitality, manufacturing and rural/commercial development.

Trained at Scottish Hydro Electric and SSE Plc, David is interested in the related fields of Corporate Social Responsibility and Renewable Energy and brings expertise to clients in these areas. The simple aim is to help organisations reduce resource consumption, operating costs and carbon emissions by taking a stepwise approach to high impact areas including investment in energy and infrastructure assets.

Dr Simon Russell Forsyth, Director, CarbonLens

Simon stumbled into environmental management in 1989 by offering to look after a paper recycling bin. After that, things rather ran away with themselves. He helped set up the Green Teams at Hewlett Packard in Bristol, ran them for five years, then became HP Ltd’s full-time environmental specialist. He left in 2000 to run a small consultancy, went on to run the Econet in-work training project, helped deliver the southwest-wide Envision programme, established a number of Resource Efficiency Clubs for small businesses, trained a lot of Trading Estates, and now focuses on the business linkages between cost-intensity, carbonintensity, and becoming more profitable. To condense all this into something usable, he produces simplifying software – the dataCollator.

Tim Cook, Renewable Energy Consultant, Solarsense

 Tim is a renewable energy consultant specialising in commercial, industrial and agricultural energy solutions. With more than 10-years in the industry, Tim is an expert in low carbon technologies, sustainability and corporate energy strategy. 

Working with Solarsense, Tim advises companies on how to reduce their energy consumption, save money and utilise funding solutions to maximise financial returns whilst delivering a greener environmental policy.

This event is sponsored by Nexus Capital Partners during Green Great Britain Week.

Nexus is a specialist consultancy based near Bristol and is part of the wider Auditel Network of around 100 independent energy professionals.

The focus is on the SME sector, which represents 60% of all private sector employment in the UK and often does not have the ability to consider sustainability as a distinct business theme. Nexus work with organisations to identify high impact areas and then develop investment models and business plans to assist with debt and equity capital raising as appropriate.   Successful projects are designed to deliver both carbon and cost savings and typically include behavioural and process change as well as infrastructure investment.

Nexus has advised clients on technology and funding across a wide range of energy efficiency and renewable energy investments. Assignments have been completed for various organisations over the years, including:

Low Carbon Investors (UK Fund – Wide range of projects);

The Converging World (Bristol and India - Wind Farms);

Buildings Research Establishment (Wide range of technologies and projects);

Good Energy Group (Wind Development);

Airvolution Ltd (Wind Development);

Novus Modus (UK Fund – Wind and Gasification);

Capita Symonds Ltd (Leading Outsourcer – Resource Efficiency);

Ingenious Group (UK Fund – Wind, PV and AD Assets);

Contributing to REA and CIMA on related topics.

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