Climate Risk & Adaption – The Role of Business

Time: 09:00 - 10:00

Date: 27/10/2022

Division: GBCC

Venue: Online

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Member Price: Free

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Non-Member Price: Free



Across the world adverse and changing conditions are impacting businesses. This is largely because many businesses are often unaware of the vast, yet different climate risks their businesses face. Risks in the form of flooding and heatwaves can all have a detrimental effect on infrastructure and people, damaging the capability of businesses in conducting their operations. It is vitally important that businesses are therefore proactive and aware of the risks associated with the climate.

This session will help businesses understand what these risks mean for their organisation and put a plan of action in place to safeguard their businesses and spot opportunities to futureproof their activity.

This session will examine the physical risk to operations and the economic shift this could entail (such as changes in demand, renovation requirements).

This webinar will:

    • Highlight what factors are needed to be considered in planning for climate risk
    • Identify mitigation strategies that businesses can apply to reduce the risk associated with the climate.
    • Highlight how businesses can include climate change conditions in their long-term planning.

Places are limited. To reserve your place and register today for this event, see the ‘book now’ tab.

You can find other events as part of the Sustainable Business Series, by selecting the Series in the events calendar. 

Speakers include:

Emma Head - Technical Services Delivery Director, HS2 Ltd

Emma joined High Speed Two Ltd (HS2 Ltd) in August 2015, as a member of the Executive Committee with accountability for Safety and Assurance. Assuming the role of Technical Services Delivery Director in August 2021, Emma now oversees Health, Safety, Security, Quality and Assurance, Environment and Town Planning, and the Engineering, Technical and Innovation functions, acting as the overarching technical authority for HS2 Ltd, setting standards and assuring delivery.

Emma is accountable for leading the vision and direction for safety and security, and for establishing HS2’s integrated management system, providing a clear control environment for all company operations. This includes oversight of the assurance function, including programme, commercial and corporate assurance.

Emma enables the delivery of the HS2 railway, assuring technical requirements are met and maintaining an integrated view of the final railway in operation, while meeting safety and legal standards, and cost, time and quality constraints.

Working as part of the Executive Committee, taking collective accountability for the effective operation of the company, and for holding the Executive to account, and providing assurance to the HS2 Ltd Board that we have confidence in delivering the HS2 programme.

Emma has worked in the UK railway industry since 1999 and was previously Director of Safety Strategy at Network Rail, where she delivered a step change in workforce and passenger safety performance, operational improvements at level crossing across the UK network, and for assuring the delivery of asset improvement programmes. Emma led the design and implementation of the Safety Technical and Engineering (STE) model, making clear the accountability of the Technical Authority.

Emma has a wealth of experience from client and contractor perspectives, and has contributed to major railway engineering schemes, including West Coast route modernisation and London’s Crossrail project.

Before moving client side, Emma held various roles in large Tier 1 and 2 Contractors, working across the construction and rail sectors, and has led safety, quality, environmental and assurance functions delivering technical, system safety and business programmes.

Additional speakers TBC.

This event has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the 2022 Sustainable Business Series.

The Sustainable Business Series is the Chambers flagship campaign on environmental sustainability aiming to share best practice, guidance and knowledge on the measures businesses can take, and commercial benefits of, progressing to net zero.

In 2022, the Series contains a series of free events and webinars taking place from the end of September and throughout October and a Sustainable Business Summit on 2nd November. In addition, throughout the campaign, the Chambers will be publishing podcasts and blog content.

Thanks to our Headline Sponsors – Aston University, The University of Birmingham and Shakespeare Martineau

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