SWBC Quarterly Conference – September 2022 – Natural Capital: Business and the Environment Working Together


Time: 12:30 – 13:30

Venue: Online

Tickets: www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/natural-capital-business-and-the-environment-working-together-tickets-383864849097  

The South West Business Council, in conjunction with the North Devon Biosphere Foundation (NDBF), will be holding a conference on the 7th of September at Petroc College in Devon.

At our conference we will focus on why our collective understanding of our environment is critical and also how we can engage in programmes that make a difference. Examples of those programmes include the Natural Capital Fund; the Smart Biosphere and what that means for us and, finally, the Natural Capital Marketplace (NCM). The NCM will, we believe, be a key platform for business to engage with, especially when it comes to ensuring they can meet their Net Zero plans.

Confirmed speakers include:

Tony Juniper CBE, a campaigner, writer, sustainability advisor, leading British environmentalist and Chair of Natural England will be discussing what role natural capital planning can play in guiding nature recovery – a North Devon perspective.

Ian J. Bateman OBE, US-NAS, FBA, FRSA, FRSB, is a Professor of Environmental Economics and Director of the Land, Environment, Economics and Policy Institute (LEEP) at the University of Exeter, UK. He has advised on environmental improvement to senior Government ministers for over a decade and worked with over 200 private sector companies. At this conference he will be speaking on policy and business decision making for Net Zero Plus: The Natural Capital Approach.

Lord Robin Teverson, Chair of the Cornwall and Scilly Local Nature Partnership, and front bench spokesperson in the House of Lords for energy/climate change will be discussing ‘The South West blue economy; environment and growth hand in hand’.

Professor Vicky Pope, founding Editor in Chief of Climate Resilience and Sustainability for the Royal Meteorological Society which publishes international interdisciplinary research on climate change and its implications.

Rob Passmore, Commercial Lead at the Biosphere Foundation, who will be covering the Natural Capital programmes being created in the North Devon Biosphere. Rob will highlight the scale of the opportunity, the market barriers that exist and our breakthrough strategy to overcome them.• Andy Bell who will be discussing ‘UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; beacon of sustainability’.

– Andy Bell is the Founder of the UNESCO Biosphere designation in North Devon, its overall manager and the CEO of the North Devon Biosphere Foundation and it CIC. He will be introducing the Biosphere concept and its core purposes and how this relates to economic and social well being in the region and beyond.

– Caroline Price who will be discussing ‘Valuing our Seabed – The Role of Natural Capital’. Caroline is a Senior Development Manager for The Crown Estate. The Crown Estate takes a ‘whole of seabed’ approach to managing activities on the coast and offshore to deliver a lasting and shared prosperity for the nation. Caroline’s talk will provide an overview of how we are working to understand the natural capital value of our seabed assets and integrate this approach into our strategic decision-making.

Keep checking this webpage for further updates on event speakers- we’ll announce more as they’re confirmed!

Agenda for the day:

09:00 – 09:10 – Welcome & address, Tim Jones, Chair, SWBC
09:10 – 09:15
– A welcome to Petroc from our host, Sean Mackney, Principal & CEO, Petroc College
09:15 – 9:20
– Order of the day and welcome, Professor Vicky Pope,
09:20 – 9:50
– “What role can natural capital planning play in guiding recovery – a North Devon Perspective”, Dr Tony Juniper CBE, Chair of Natural England
09:50 – 10:15
– “Policy and business decision making for Net Zero Plus: The Natural Capital Approach”, Professor Ian Bateman
10:15 – 10:40 – Title to be confirmed, McKinsey & Company and Vivid Economics, Robin Smale
10:40 – 11:00 – Comfort Break, teas and coffees
11:00 – 11:20 – “The South West blue economy; environment and growth hand in hand”, Lord Robin Teverson
11:20 – 11:40 – “UNESCO Biosphere Reserve; beacon of sustainability”, Andy Bell
11:40 – 12:05 – “Realising the economic development of natural capital”, Rob Passmore
12:05 – 12:30 – Title to be confirmed, Siemens, Ben Sheath
12:30 – 13:00 – “Valuing our Seabed – The Role of Natural Capital”, Caroline Price
13:00 – 14:00 – Networking Lunch

Co-Sponsored by Nutri-San and Petroc: 

Nutri-San is a seaweed technology company that produces 100% natural animal feed supplements from a blend of wild and cultivated seaweeds. They have operations across South-East Asia, in Zanzibar and the UK. Their supplements support animal health and well-being and remove the need for synthetic additives- something that is better for us, animals, and our shared environment.

Petroc is a further and higher education college committed to driving forward educational success. They are extremely passionate about raising the aspirations, knowledge and skills of individuals, communities, and businesses in Devon and beyond.

Petroc is made up of three campuses situated in Mid and North Devon and offers a wide range of courses for students of all ages and abilities including A Levels, vocational courses, T Levels, degrees, apprenticeships and industry short courses. They also pride themselves on the learning and wellbeing support they offer to all students to help them be the best they can be and go further in life.

Tickets are available for members and non-members but there are limited spaces available- secure yours today!