Skip to main content
Event 16 September 2021

Mike Thornton kicks off Net Zero Festival with speaker session on homes and net zero

A key global event in the sustainable energy industry, BusinessGreen’s Net Zero Festival (Wednesday 29 September to Friday 1 October) will bring together 2,000 delegates across 75 sessions to discuss what it takes to accelerate and expand the transition to net zero.

The blended event of in person and virtual talks will provide a showcase for projects and innovations that are driving the transition to net zero, as well as a forum in which to explore the challenges and opportunities associated with the green revolution.

Taking place a month before the COP26 climate summit, which is being hosted by Glasgow in November, BusinessGreen’s Net Zero Festival comes at a pivotal point as the UK works to deliver a net zero society by 2050.

Our involvement

Through our mission to address the climate emergency, Energy Saving Trust empowers millions of householders to make better energy choices. We deliver transformative energy programmes working with governments, and support businesses on their journey to a sustainable, net zero future.

In a conversation session moderated by renowned journalist and broadcaster Gavin Esler, our chief executive, Mike Thornton, and our group head of energy, Laura McGadie, will discuss the challenges and opportunities around a just transition to net zero. Are heat pumps a solution? Does government need to do more? How will the private and public sectors work together to achieve net zero?

If you would like to attend this event, click here to get your ticket.

Opportunity for a green recovery

At Energy Saving Trust, we understand that we collectively have around five years before it will be too late to decisively change the trajectory of carbon emissions and keep the rise in global temperatures well below the 2°C Paris Agreement target – and ideally to 1.5°C – with all the consequences that missing this target would bring.

Greener homes, low carbon transport and active travel, and green finance are vital areas to address, both at home and internationally. The next few months offer the opportunity for a green recovery from Covid-19, in which the UK and the rest of the world commit and invest to decisively move national and global economies onto a pathway to net zero carbon emissions.

Agenda and speakers

The virtual event is set to be hosted by BusinessGreen editor James Murray, alongside broadcast journalists Gavin Esler, Roger Harrabin and Lucy Siegle.

Keynote speakers include former Energy and Climate Change Secretary Amber Rudd, leading US climate scientist Michael E. Mann, and solar aviation pioneer Bertand Piccard.

View the full three-day agenda here or secure your ticket online here.

Last updated: 30 September 2021