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Join us at this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Summit on October 16th
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Join us at this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Summit on October 16th

Reserve your place now at the BusinessGreen Leaders Summit and Briefings, ahead of a crucial three months for the UK's green economy

It is going to be a busy few months for green businesses. This autumn will see a raft of major green economy events being staged, just as a host of crucial decisions on the future of environmental policy reach their culmination.

Over the next month the UK will host the inaugural international Zero Emission Vehicle Summit, California will stage a major green business summit in a direct rebuke to the Trump administration, New York Climate Week will provide the stage for a flurry of green investment announcements, and the UK Party Conference season will see the UK's the political elite attempt to outbid each other with their commitment to the green economy.

Next month will see the government stage its first ever Green Great Britain Week, promising a series of themed days designed to highlight the huge benefits the UK can realise from environmental action and clean tech innovation. Then in November a major cross-party commitment to decarbonisation is expected as Westminster marks the 10th anniversary of the passage of the world's first Climate Change Bill and Energy, and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry makes good on her pledge to instruct the Committee on Climate Change to explore whether the UK should adopt a net zero emission target.

The investigation into the viability of a Net Zero target will come after the world gets a major wake-up call in the form of the IPCC's long-awaited review into whether temperature increases can be held below 1.5C - a report that, following hot on the heels of this summer's heatwave, is expected to provide a stark warning on the scale of the challenges that need to be overcome if the world is to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Then in December all eyes will turn to the Polish city of Katowicz as the UN hosts the most important climate summit since the Paris Agreement was signed, and pressure mounts on governments to finalise the rule book for the accord and reiterate their commitment to decarbonisation in the face of the Trump administration's pro-pollution agenda.

Throughout it all crucial debates will rumble on over the government's Green Brexit strategy - and how to drive green economic growth and environmental protection in the face of 'no deal' disruption - as well as the shape of the promised Environment Act and Green Watchdog. Other hot topics will include the policies needed to deliver on the UK's Clean Growth Strategy and new waste reduction pledges, the level of ambition contained in the EU's new energy and climate package, and whether international decarbonisation efforts can continue to prosper in the age of Trump.

Over these crucial months BusinessGreen will not only bring you all the latest news, analysis, and opinion, it will also help the green business community engage in these critical debates - and many more besides - through a series of exclusive events and content.

Later this month we will launch our new SDG Hub, supported by BNP Paribas, which will provide an invaluable guide to how businesses can harness the world's sustainable development roadmap. And we will host our inaugural BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing, providing a half day conference on the critically important Taskforce for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and how they are shaping investment and corporate strategies.

Next month to coincide with Green Great Britain Week, BusinessGreen will stage its annual Leaders Summit on October 16 bringing together senior executives from the UK's leading green businesses to discuss the innovations and policies needed to unlock the next wave of green economic development. Confirmed speakers include Energy and Clean Growth Minister Claire Perry, founder of ClientEarth James Thornton, director of the Tyndall Centre Professor Corinne Le Quéré, Heathrow CEO John Holland-Kaye, and executive editor at the BBC News Channel Sam Taylor, as well as a host of leading sustainability executives and policy experts.

Finally in December, we will once again celebrate the best of British clean and green tech at the annual BusinessGreen Technology Awards. This year's awards will be bigger and better than ever, with a new venue and a new content hub for all finalists, providing a unique opportunity to present their innovations to prospective customers and investors.

The awards will also take place on the same day as our second BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing, providing finalists and subscribers with a great opportunity to network together and learn about one of the latest green business trends.

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