Date: March 21, 2019 | Register here
Prices: starting from GBP 746,-
Location: London, the United Kingdom
Sustainability Summit 2019
The world (or much of it) is waking up. Climate change and the damage wrought on the environment by human behaviour have begun to take root in our collective consciousness.
Commitments at a political, corporate and social level abound, and are beginning to yield results. Sustainability has shifted from a “nice to have” to a core component of business strategy for many global companies.
And yet, global temperatures continue to rise, deaths from air pollution in big cities are worryingly high and drought threatens the livelihoods of millions of people across the world.
At the same time, neglect and misinformation are widespread, complicating efforts to slow—let alone reverse—these trends.
It is time to focus on the facts. The fourth edition of The Economist’s Sustainability Summit will marshal the evidence to measure past progress, and assess where and how policymakers, financial institutions and business leaders should act.
Where are we on the sustainability front compared to where we need to be? In what areas are efforts still falling short?
Has the world already passed the point of no return in terms of climate change? And to what extent should efforts be directed at adaptation rather than mitigation?
Bringing together industry leaders, policymakers, entrepreneurs and researchers from around the world, the Sustainability Summit will assess what businesses need to achieve and chart a path for getting there.
- Facing the facts
This short, sharp, scene-setting session will cut through the noise and deliver a realistic, fact-based prognosis for what is likely to happen if we remain on the current course.
- A new economic model?
In this opening panel, a business leader, a financier and a policymaker will discuss the ways in which their sustainability efforts interact, and the biggest obstacles to progress that they face.
- Do plastic really matter?
In this debate, two speakers will present their views, moderated by one of the chairs.
- Focus: measurement and progress
In this one-on-one session, Gerbrand Havercamp, executive director of the World Benchmarking Alliance, will discuss the importance of measurement and holding companies to account to uncover how this will help to deliver progress on climate change targets.
- The Economist perspective: Countdown to Brexit
One week ahead of the UK’s scheduled departure, this session will attempt to envisage what Brexit will mean for climate-change mitigation efforts and for progress on environmental targets.
- In focus: Sustainable and the city
- Intervew series: A tragedy of the commons—Spotlight on the Global South
In this session, you will hear first-hand experiences from citizens, policymakers and business leaders in countries disproportionately affected by environmental degradation. Which issues need to prioritised? What areas aren’t receiving enough attention? And, crucially, how do you capture the attention of those with the power to change things?
Interested in attending the Sustainability Summit 2019? Register your participation by following the registration link and taking the suggested steps.