BusinessGreen Leaders Summit: COP26 President Claire Perry to deliver keynote speech

James Murray
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Former Energy and Clean Growth Minister to give one of her first major speeches since UK was confirmed as co-host for the crucial COP26 Summit in Glasgow

Claire Perry is to provide the opening keynote address at this year's BusinessGreen Leaders Summit on October 23rd, delivering one of her first major public speeches since she was appointed as President of next year's crucial COP26 Summit in Glasgow.

The former energy and climate change minister will provide an audience of over 200 leading sustainability executives and green economy stakeholders with an update on the government's plans for the 2020 UN Climate Summit, which is to be co-hosted by the UK and Italy.

She will also discuss how the business community can engage with the high profile Summit and maximise the economic opportunities on offer, while driving forward their own climate plans.

Perry is one of host of high profile speakers scheduled to appear at the third annual BusinessGreen Leaders Summit, including Dr Alice Bell, Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan, Centrica's Jim Rushen, IKEA's Hege Sæbjørnsen, Solarcentury founder Jeremy Leggett, and Climate Group CEO Helen Clarkson.

The Summit, which is supported by headline sponsor Centrica, will take place at The Crystal venue in London's Docklands. The theme for this year's Summit is "preparing for a decade of disruption" and through a series of keynote addresses, panel debates, and streamed workshops on clean energy, the circular economy, and the net zero transition delegates will be able to explore how leading businesses are positioning themselves for the most exciting and eventful decade in the green economy's history.

"We are delighted Claire Perry will join us for what promises to be a fascinating Summit at a crucially important time for the green economy," said BusinessGreen editor-in-chief James Murray. "As President of COP26 she will be right at the heart of a critical 18 months for the UK and the world's net zero ambitions and will be able to offer invaluable insights on how the business community can help accelerate decarbonisation efforts and support the landmark UN Summit in Glasgow next year."

Thanks to the support of our sponsors Centrica and Orsted, the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards is free to attend for sustainability executives and key green economy stakeholders. However, the event is close to being fully booked, so delegates are advised to register their place as soon as possible.

The news comes just days after BusinessGreen also confirmed that chair of the National Infrastructure Commission Sir John Armitt is to deliver the keynote address at the inaugural BusinessGreen Technology Festival and Awards on December 5th.

The deadline for entering the BusinessGreen Technology Awards is September 27th. Now in their fifth year the awards offer a unique opportunity for companies from across the burgeoning green technology sector to showcase their cutting edge projects and innovations.

The awards ceremony will take place at the close of the day-long BusinessGreen Technology Festival, providing shortlisted firms with a unique opportunity to hear from agenda-setting speakers, network with top investors and prospective partners, and potentially present their technology through the BusinessGreen Technology Challenge.

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