Sustainable Business Series: Understanding Net Zero

Time: 10:00 - 11:00

Date: 04/10/2023

Division: GBCC

Venue: Online

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In 2019, Birmingham City Council declared a climate emergency. As part of this declaration, a target was set for 'the council and city to become net zero carbon by 2030, or as soon as possible thereafter as a just transition allows'.

Net Zero is the idea of reducing emissions down to zero or as close as possible to prevent further temperature increases. To achieve Net Zero businesses and individuals need to ensure change within their organisations and daily lives and take effective steps to get as close to Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions as soon as possible.

In the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, Net Zero and Sustainability: Business Insights Report, its outlined that 28% of respondents from the West Midlands indicated that they would like to reach Net Zero but did not understand what it entails.

This webinar will look to help businesses understand the importance of achieving Net Zero and provide them with an understanding of what Net Zero involves.

why attend?

        • Understand the importance of Net Zero and setting targets.
        • Understand the steps businesses should take in setting targets.
        • Understand how to develop a Net Zero business strategy


10:00am: Event start 

11:00am: Event close


Dharel Patel, Head of Environment and Sustainability (UK), National Express

Dharel leads the development and implementation of the environment strategy for National Express UK. She has a background in Geology, Petroleum Micropalaeontology and recently completed an M.B.A, focusing her dissertation on how the coach industry can decarbonise in order to reach net zero. With seven years’ experience in the transport industry, Dharel has grounded knowledge of the bus and coach sector which she uses for developing and monitoring decarbonisation plans for National Express and looking at how the business can improve their environmental performance. 

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Dey, Professor of Operations Management, Aston Business School

Dr. Prasanta Kumar Dey has been honoured as 50th Anniversary Chair of Aston University in 2017. He also won Vice Chancellor award for research excellence in 2012. He is also a fellow of academy of Social Science. His one research project in Kenya on sustainability got shortlisted for Newton Prize in 2020 and another project in the UK received ‘Green Gown Award’ in 2021 under the category of ‘benefiting society’. He has recently facilitated more than 200 SMEs in the Midlands, UK to reduce their carbon footprint aligning with the UK Government’s Net zero policy using European Regional Development Fund. He would facilitate SMEs in GBS LEP, Black Country LEP and Coventry to decarbonise using UK Shared Prosperity Fund. He leads several impactful research projects to facilitate decarbonise both industry and community-based supply chain across countries in every continent.

Additional speakers to be confirmed.

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You can find other events as part of the Sustainable Business Series, by clicking here.

This event has been produced for the Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce as part of the Sustainable Business Series. The Sustainable Business Series is the GBCC’s 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 2023, the Series contains a series of events and webinars taking place throughout September and October, culminating with the Sustainable Business Series Conference in November. Additionally, throughout the campaign, the Chambers will be producing podcasts and publishing blog content.

The Sustainable Business Series 2023 is sponsored by University College Birmingham and LLoyds Bank thanks to who, all events and content as part of the Sustainable Business Series have been made free to delegates.

A link to the online webinar will be emailed out to you

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