Agenda

18 September 2018

8:45 am

Registration, refreshments and exhibition

9:25 am

Introduction from conference chair

Speaker

  • Steve Ormerod

    Steve Ormerod
    Chairman, Independent Environment Advisory Panel, Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water - Professor of ecology, Cardiff University

PROTECTING OUR FUTURE: THE ROLE OF THE WATER INDUSTRY

9:30 am

Looking to a green future: the government’s 25 year plan to improve the environment

• Protecting and preserving our natural world: government ambitions
• Driving green innovation and championing collaboration

Speaker

9:50 am

The role of the water industry in tackling long-term environmental challenges

• 25 Year Environment Plan: where is the water industry staking its claims and taking responsibility?
• How far can the water industry make an impact in wider society?
• Delivering a green Brexit

Speaker

  • Alex Plant

    Alex Plant
    Director of regulation - Anglian Water

10:10 am

Questions and panel discussion: how are water companies responding to the challenges?

• Is it feasible to leave the environment in a better state than we found it for the first time?
• Could the UK become an international leader in sustainable water?
• In which areas can we best take action?

Speakers

10:40 am

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

COLLABORATIVE APPROACHES TO ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES

11:10 am

Modernising the regulatory framework and taking a collaborative approach

  • Future challenges in the water environment
  • Evolving the system to meet future needs and developing a catchment focus
  • Strengthening local leadership in delivery

Speaker

  • Pete Fox

    Pete Fox
    Director of water, land & biodiversity - Environment Agency

11:30 am

Sustainable water: rising to the challenge

  • Creative ways to meet the emerging challenges facing the water industry and build resilience
  • Meeting customer expectations, tackling affordability and incentivising behaviour change
  • Protecting our environment: long-term thinking

Speaker

  • Ed Mitchell

    Ed Mitchell
    Director of environment and sustainability, Pennon Group - Wastewater operations director, South West Water

11:50 am

Target 100 – progressing the four pillars in successful partnership with others

  • Using behavioural science to engage consumers
  • Deploying ‘carrots’ rather than ‘sticks’
  • Bespoke customer service for each family

Speaker

  • Ben Earl

    Ben Earl
    Water efficiency manager - Southern Water

12:10 pm

Questions and answers

12:20 pm

Panel discussion: the post-Brexit CAP debate

  • What should an agricultural policy look like?
  • What are the implications of agricultural reform?
  • How can we make agriculture secure?

Speakers

12:45 pm

Buffet lunch, networking and exhibition

PUTTING SUSTAINABILITY AT THE HEART OF DECISION-MAKING

1:45 pm

Preparing to meet the government’s expectations – a water industry perspective

  • A cross-industry effort to eliminate plastics
  • What is the industry’s role in removing plastic waste?
  • Driving collaborative approaches

Speaker

2:05 pm

Putting sustainability at the heart of decision-making

  • Embedding ‘capitals’ thinking into investment decisions and land management strategies
  • Innovative approaches to improve understanding of impacts and dependencies on natural and social capital, and how these relate to performance measures
  • How this approach is being used to inform expenditure planning at project and corporate level

Speakers

2:20 pm

Prioritising investment in networks and infrastructure

  • Engaging customers and communities
  • How can we better align our strategies with the government’s ambitions?
  • How will investment in more homes impact the water industry?

Speaker

  • Matt Crossman

    Matt Crossman
    Head of water and flooding policy - National Infrastructure Commission

2:40 pm

Questions and answers

3:00 pm

Refreshments, networking and exhibition

SUSTAINABLE WATER IN ACTION: DRIVING INNOVATION

3:30 pm

Yorkshire Water’s pledge to plant a million trees

  • How Yorkshire Water plans to reduce carbon emissions and boost wildlife
  • Mitigating catchment flood risk: contribution through reservoirs and natural flood management
  • Working in partnership with local communities

Speaker

3:50 pm

Check back for details

4:05 pm

EnTrade: changing the way we think about catchments

  • Environmental improvements via trading and reverse auctions
  • A verifiable approach to offsetting phosphorus and nitrogen
  • Bringing together multiple buyers to bring about multiple environmental improvements

Speaker

4:25 pm

Questions and answers

4:40 pm

Close of conference