EIC Annual Conference 2015: The Next Five Years for the Environmental Industry

Following its successful launch event in 2014, the Environmental Industries Commission is now planning its 2015 Annual Conference as the critical post-Election forum to discuss the expanding environmental agenda.

EIC conference 2015

The Next Five Years for the Environmental Industry: November 2015

The UK has a successful, innovative £100bn environmental sector, but environmental markets more than most are shaped by politics as much as economics.

Date and venue is to be confirmed next month. for details.

With a Conservative party with a mixed environmental track record now forming a majority government, an EU referendum within two years, critical international climate negotiations only months away, and economic uncertainty across the world, understanding the factors which will shape environmental business opportunities over the next five years is as critical as ever.

Join leading players in the environmental industries, as well as politicians, NGOs and other experts at the EIC’s 2015 Annual Conference to find out:

  • How will the political dynamic over the next five years affect environmental markets and commercial opportunities?
  • What more can the UK do to encourage more innovation in its eco industries?
  • How far is sustainability really embedded in the government’s infrastructure agenda?
  • How can UK environmental firms access the infrastructure supply chain?

The event will bring together the UK’s successful, innovative £100bn environmental sector with the aim of identifying the market implications of the new Tory government’s green agenda over the next five year parliamentary term.

“Environmental markets, perhaps more than most are shaped by politics as much as economics,” said EIC director general Matthew Farrow.

“With a new Conservative-led political landscape in the UK, an EU referendum now on the horizon, critical international climate negotiations only months away and economic uncertainty across the world, understanding the factors which will shape environmental business opportunities is harder than ever before,” he added.

“The EIC annual conference will once again be a fantastic opportunity for professionals in the sector to come together with leading players in the environmental industries, politicians, NGOs and other experts.”

The venue and date for the conference will be confirmed this month but it is expected to be held in Central London in mid-November.

Sessions will include:

Environmental priorities of the new Government:

  • How important will green issues be for the government over the next 5 years?
  • How could the EU referendum affect UK environmental regulation?
  • Of the new intake of MPs – who are the ones to watch on environmental issues?

Innovation in environmental/sustainability technology

  • Does the UK have a good track record on eco-innovation?
  • Are we making the most of university expertise?
  • Have the Catapults been successful?
  • Is IP law an issue?
  • Does environmental regulation help or hinder innovation?

What to expect from Paris climate talks:

  • Will the negotiation outcomes affect carbon prices and regulations?

Are environmental regulations being properly enforced?

  • Is poor enforcement of environmental regulation undermining the environment sector and law-abiding mainstream business?
  • Whose job is enforcement – the Environment Agency’s , the public’s, NGOs

Greening the infrastructure boom
The next few years will see unprecedented investment in highspeed rail, new runways, new housing, flood defence and roads

  • How can this infrastructure be made sustainable?
  • What opportunities will the new infrastructure spend mean for UK environmental firms?

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