Annual Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference

Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference 2014


The Carbon Trust

In association with
GE Lighting

United Utilities

Edge Electrical and Renewables


Tuesday 18th March 2014, 10am – 5pm

Location: The Royal Society, London SW1Y

Public sector event

Slides from the Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference 2014 are now available on the Public Sector Carbon Network.

In the wake of the IPCC Fifth Assessment report, and the Fourth Carbon Budget review from the Committee on Climate Change, the Carbon Trust Public Sector Event will be looking at how the public sector can lead the way towards meaningful and necessary action on climate change in these very challenging times.

We are delighted that Baroness Worthington, Labour peer and architect of the UK's Climate Change act will be delivering our morning keynote speech, focusing on the role of the Public Sector in tackling climate change. We are also very pleased to announce that John Ashton, the UK Government’s former Special Representative for Climate Change will be delivering our afternoon keynote plenary session. Full speaker biographies are detailed below.

We’ll be showcasing a diverse range of positive, visionary and practical solutions that the public sector can implement to accelerate carbon reduction not just through their own estates but across their communities.

This CPD accredited event will have a specific focus on the following themes:

  1. The Human Factor - employee, stakeholder & supplier engagement
  2. Financing Carbon - building the investment case for carbon reduction projects
  3. Local Area Leadership - local energy, partner engagement, and smart cities
  4. Technical Solutions - building retrofit, data & metrics, measuring baseline & carbon impact, and reporting.

These themes are designed to give public sector and educational employees ideas, contacts and knowledge to take forward ‘invest to save’ and carbon reduction projects.

Carbon Trust have formed a partnership with GE Lighting across its flagship Public Sector Conference to address challenges, share best practice and educate the public sector on new innovations and technologies. 

Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference 2014 - proposed agenda (PDF)

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There are still stream sponsorship & exhibition opportunities available.To find out more please email Kari Allen at b2b Partnerships,

This event is only open to those actively working for a public sector organisation. If you are not sure whether this event will be appropriate for you to attend please email us at

Speaker biographies:

Baroness Bryony Worthington is an experienced climate campaigner who has worked for Friends of the Earth, the government and in the energy sector. A key member of the team that drafted the UK's world-leading Climate Change Bill, Bryony is also the founder of Sandbag, an NGO focused on research and campaigning for effective carbon markets, and a patron of the Alvin Weinberg Foundation, advocating thorium-based nuclear power. Since 2011 Bryony has been the Labour Party's Shadow Minister on Energy & Climate Change.

John Ashton is an independent commentator and adviser on the politics of climate change. He is also well known for the role he has played in climate diplomacy. From 2006-12 John served as Special Representative for Climate Change for three successive UK Foreign Secretaries, spanning the current Coalition and the previous Labour Governments. The UK Foreign Office pioneered during this time a diplomacy-led approach to climate change that came to be widely admired. He was a cofounder and, from 2004-6, the first Chief Executive of the think tank E3G. He is a Distinguished Policy Fellow at the Grantham Institute for Climate Change at Imperial College.

Exhibitor Profiles

The Carbon Trust is a world-leading organisation helping businesses, governments and the public sector to accelerate the move to a sustainable, low carbon economy through carbon reduction, energy-saving strategies and commercialising low carbon technologies. Over the past 12 years, our technical and strategic support has helped more than 3,000 public sector organisations both in the UK and overseas to cut their energy bills by over £700million, while reducing their carbon emissions by more than 17.5 million tonnes. Pipeline savings that we we’re helping the public sector to achieve total over £2.5bn.

GE Lighting is the professional division of General Electric specializing in lighting solutions all around the world. GE was born from the invention of the world's first affordable incandescent lamp. More than a century later, our Lighting business still brings light to the world, helping advance new technologies such as fluorescents and light-emitting diodes (LEDs), that operate with more efficiency, less cost and less environmental impact than ever before.

Daikin Airconditioning UK Ltd (Daikin UK) are a leading supplier of cooling, heating, ventilation and refrigeration solutions for commercial, residential and industrial applications. Their product portfolio comprises a wide range of highly energy efficient climate control systems. A wholly owned subsidiary of Daikin Europe NV, Daikin UK have an excellent record of concern for environmental issues and applies it to all areas of the business, in many cases pre-empting international and national environmental legislation. They are renowned for their pioneering approach to product development and the unrivalled quality and versatility of its integrated solutions.

Edge Electrical & Renewables Ltd go beyond renewable installation by taking a holistic approach with their customers to provide them with a service that is second to none. Edge Electricals are extremely passionate about renewable technologies and implement them with great efficiency to save customers energy and money. They support customers through the process from assisting with monitoring existing equipment to identify potential savings, providing a design service, through to supply and installation of equipment, as well as maintenance to ensure maximum performance and efficiency.

United Utilities Total Solutions - Complete water and wastewater services for your business. Whatever your sector and whatever your water needs; United Utilities have a service to help you save money, keep your business running and help you become more sustainable. From consultancy and leak detection, through to the planning, implementation and operation of new plants, their comprehensive range of solutions can help you reduce consumption and grow your business. We work with your business to identify which products and services will be of most benefit to you.

  • Baroness Worthington, one of the main architects of the UK’s Climate Change Act, provided the opening keynote
  • Carbon Trust Public Sector conference
  • Richard Rugg, Managing Director of Carbon Trust Programmes, and Baroness Worthington
  • Public Sector Conference: A series of masterclasses were provided for delegates
  • Public Sector Conference: A series of masterclasses were provided for delegates
  • Joseph Williams, Manager - Technical and Change at the Carbon Trust, delivers a masterclass on behaviour change
  • Masterclasses were delivered by experts from the Carbon Trust, the Green Investment Bank and DECC
  • Masterclasses were delivered by experts from the Carbon Trust, the Green Investment Bank and DECC
  • Mike Hall, General Manager UK & Ireland, GE Lighting spoke at the conference
  • Exhibitors included Daikin, Edge Electrical & Renewables, and United Utilities
  • Sustainability leaders from over 200 public sector bodies across the UK registered to attend the conference
  • Sustainability leaders from over 200 public sector bodies across the UK registered to attend the conference
  • Sustainability leaders from over 200 public sector bodies across the UK registered to attend the conference

Videos from the Carbon Trust Public Sector Conference 2012:

Alexandra Hammond – Sustainability Manager, Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospital

Matt Nicholl – Building Project Manager, Royal College of Music

I am convinced that large scale energy efficiency action is not constrained by the need for new technology but rather the smart deployment of existing technologies via innovative business models. I'm a big fan of evolution with speed versus waiting for revolution. Small things that work well, done repeatedly by a lot of people, can make a big difference. Agostino Renna, President & CEO of GE Lighting for Europe, the Middle East and Africa

GE LightingLooking for ways to reduce CO2 emissions and energy consumption in your city? Find solutions on the GE Lighting website.

Meaningful action on climate change is crucial – and it needs to accelerate. Public sector leadership is vital if we are to achieve a transition to a sustainable low carbon economy in the UK and overseas. The benefits to the UK of getting this right are massive, not just in terms of cost savings and avoided damage from climate change, but also from the potential for the UK to take our expertise and experience to overseas markets. Tim Pryce, Head of Public Sector, The Carbon Trust