Chairman's Dinner: Destination Net Zero?

26 January 2023, 18:00 - 22:30

The Biscuit Factory, Bermondsey St, Shieldfield, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 1AP

Net Zero. Another climate change buzzword or is 2023 the year we all need to sit up and take action? Is it a crisis? Is it possible, or even necessary, to act when business costs are already soaring? Is there a responsibility for entrepreneurs to play their part?

Returning in 2023, our flagship Chairman’s Dinner will inspire, inform and ignite a discussion on one of the most talked about issues of our time - climate change.

Kickstarting our calendar with a bang, our exclusive entrepreneur-only Chairman’s Dinner will allow you to reconnect with your fellow Forum members in the inspirational setting of The Biscuit Factory.

Beginning with a private drinks reception held in The Biscuit Factory’s art gallery, you will have the opportunity to network with your peers whilst viewing the work of a range of fantastic independent artists. Over a seasonal three-course dinner you will have the chance to hear from our Mayor Jamie Driscoll, Chair of Net Zero North East England as well as Tony Cleary (Lanchester Wines) and Phil Buckley (Low Carbon Materials), two pioneering entrepreneurs who are leading the charge on sustainable entrepreneurialism.

They will explain how they are innovating to achieve Net Zero and will challenge you to consider how your business could act in 2023.

With limited places available, don’t miss out on the opportunity to join Forum Board members for an entertaining and lively start to the year.

What is Net Zero? - When it comes to climate action, achieving net zero by 2050 is the UK’s legal target.

As greenhouse emissions rise to an all-time high, there is growing urgency for individuals, businesses and governing bodies to take action and help limit global warming to 1.5°C which is why we’ve made it our focus for our 2023 Chairman’s Dinner.

Currently, the increasing rate of emissions mean by 2030 we will have reached this threshold. Avoiding this, and preventing long-term climate change, will require rapid transformation if we’re to half global emissions by 2030 and achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

While businesses of every size and sector are being encouraged to make short-, medium- and long-term goals to help achieve Net Zero, some are already embracing the opportunity to drive innovation, increase their competitive advantage and stimulate growth. Throughout the evening, you’ll learn more about these creative businesses and discover why they’ve put Net Zero at the top of their agenda.

About our speakers

Tony Cleary is the Founder and CEO of Lanchester Group, a family of companies committed to becoming carbon minus.

This ambition has inspired Lanchester Group to create their wine bottling facility Greencroft Two – which is making waves within the industry as the world’s most environmentally sustainable bottling facility and its most modern.

It’s a representation of what the Group of companies stands for (sustainability, technology, innovation and quality) and is the latest in a series of green investments made by the Group. Going above and beyond legislation and common practice, Lanchester Group has already invested over £8m in renewable heat and energy generation at its Greencroft site which includes the installation of its own windfarm.

With a vision to be a world leader in low carbon and environmentally-friendly building materials, Phil Buckley and Low Carbon Materials (LCM) have designed and developed ‘OSTO’, an aggregate made from a combination of waste materials and bi-products for use in concrete blocks.

2.5x lighter than its traditional aggregate alternative, thermally insulating and carbon negative, OSTO helps in reducing the carbon footprint of construction projects whilst contributing to tackling climate change. This incredible invention led LCM to the 2022 Earthshot Prize final where they were one of only two companies representing the UK on the global stage.

In addition to holding a PhD in chemistry, Phil also possesses over a decade of experience as a mathematician and materials chemist. At LCM, he oversees the company’s financial operations and projections, the day-to-day running of the business and executes plans for the company’s future growth.

The Small Print - Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse the cost of your ticket if cancelled after Thursday 19th January.

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