The Green Recovery Festival explored current trends in social, economic and environmental sustainability as we look ahead to the COVID-19 recovery and how it can be aligned with the transition to a low carbon future.

The festival convened leading thinkers and sustainability experts to explore the role of responsible business in shaping a Green Recovery, and looked forward to the plans, objectives and priorities for COP26 in 2021.

All events were hosted online and included two different formats:

Topical panel discussions
We hosted six topical sessions as part of the Green Recovery Festival, incorporating panel discussions and hackathon-style breakout rooms on how to integrate solutions into business practices and make the Green Recovery a reality. These sessions were open to business leaders working in sustainability, corporate strategy, CSR and related fields and subject to The Crowd’s usual application process. The programme included:

Addressing climate challenges though nature-based solutions
Date: 17th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Pathways towards Net Zero
Date: 19th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Rethinking post-pandemic transport systems
Date: 23rd November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 GMT

Financing the global green economy
Date: 24th November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 GMT

The Biden Plan – catalysing the Just Transition?
Date: 25th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:30 GMT

Responsible business for the SDGs in the post-COVID climate
Date: 26th November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 GMT

Spotlight Talks
The Green Recovery Festival also featured a series of six Spotlight Talks with leading thinkers and public figures, followed by audience Q&A. These events were open to a public audience. The programme included:

Spotlight Talk with Jim Skea, Co-chair of Working Group III, IPCC
Date: 16th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
Date: 18th November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with Solitaire Townsend, Co-Founder, Futerra
Date: 18th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 13:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with Jonathon Porritt, Co-Founder, Forum for the Future
Date: 19th November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with Mike Barry, Director, Mikebarryeco
Date: 23rd November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with James Thornton, CEO, ClientEarth
Date: 24th November 2020
Time: 14:00 – 15:00 GMT

Spotlight Talk with David Halpern, Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team (BIT)
Date: 25th November 2020
Time: 11:00 – 12:00 GMT

We will be releasing recordings of the sessions in the coming weeks.

If you are interested to know more about The Crowd’s partnership opportunities and what we have coming up in 2021, please get in touch: tiffany.curnick@thecrowd.me

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Event for: Business professionals and individuals with an interest in Sustainability | Responsible Business | Energy | Environment | Carbon | Climate Change | Supply Chains | HR |

Speakers

  • Prof. Jim Skea

    Co-chair of Working Group III of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)
  • Sharan Burrow

    General Secretary, International Trade Union Confederation
  • David Halpern

    Chief Executive, Behavioural Insights Team
  • Solitaire Townsend

    Co-Founder, Futerra
  • James Thornton

    Founding CEO, ClientEarth
  • Jonathon Porritt

    Co-Founder, Forum for the Future
  • Mike Barry

    Director, Mikebarryeco Limited
  • Carlos Nobre

    Earth System scientist
  • Atossa Solanti

    Director of Global Strategy, Amazon Sacred Headwaters Initiative
  • Eva Zabey

    Executive Director, Business for Nature
  • Tom Domen

    Global head of Long Term Innovation, Ecover
  • Julie Hirigoyen

    Chief Executive, UK Green Building Council
  • Paul Dickinson

    Executive Chair, Carbon Disclosure Project
  • Ben Kellard

    Director of Business Strategy, CISL
  • Gabrielle Giner

    Head of Environmental Sustainability, BT Group
  • Dame Elizabeth Corley

    Chair, Impact Invest
  • Philippe Zaouati

    CEO, Mirova
  • George Latham

    Managing Partner, WHEB Asset Management
  • Nadine Viel Lamare

    Senior Advisor, Climate & Finance, Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
  • Claire Haigh

    Chief Executive, Greener Journeys
  • Greg Marsden

    Professor of Transport Governance
  • Fred Jones

    UK General Manager, TIER
  • Vicky Sins

    Lead Decarbonisation and Energy Transformation, World Benchmarking Alliance
  • Peter Stephens

    Head of UK External & Government Affairs, Nissan
  • David Symons

    Director, WSP
  • Tom Burke

    Co-founding Director and Chairman, E3G
  • Melanie Onn

    Deputy Chief Executive Renewable UK
  • Mike Clancy

    General Secretary, Prospect Union
  • Robert Pollin

    Founding co-director, Political Economy Research Institute
  • Klara Kozlov

    Head of Corporate Clients & Consultancy, CAF
  • Andy Brown

    Head of Sustainability, Anglian Water Services
  • Sara Heald

    Group Head of CSR, Legal & General
  • Steve Kenzie

    Director, UN Global Compact
  • Kate Levine

    Director, Kate Levine Consulting

Round Tables

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  • During The Green Recovery Festival panel events, our usual topical roundtables were replaced by hackathon-style discussions on how to integrate solutions into business practices and make the Green Recovery a reality. Spotlight Talks did not include these sessions.

Agenda

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  • Monday 16th November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with Jim Skea
  • Tuesday 17th November, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT
    Addressing climate challenges though nature-based solutions
  • Wednesday 18th November, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with Sharan Burrow,
  • Wednesday 18th November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with Solitaire Townsend
  • Thursday 19th November, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with Jonathon Porritt
  • Thursday 19th November, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT
    Pathways towards Net Zero
  • Monday 23rd November, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
    Rethinking post-pandemic transport systems
  • Monday 23rd November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with Mike Barry
  • Tuesday 24th November, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
    Financing the global green economy
  • Tuesday 24th November, 14:00 - 15:00 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with James Thornton
  • Wednesday 25th November, 11:00 - 12:00 GMT
    Spotlight Talk with David Halpern
  • Wednesday 25th November, 14:00 - 15:30 GMT
    The Biden Plan – catalysing the Just Transition?
  • Thursday 26th November, 11:00 - 12:30 GMT
    Responsible business and the SDGs in the post-COVID climate

Venue Details

All of The Green Recovery Festival events were hosted online.

Who's Attending

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Guests lists can be found on the individual event pages.