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For 2022 we will again be bringing together a mix of speakers from large and small organisations in the public, private and third sector looking at all aspects of Sustainability and Climate Change including Energy, Transport, the Circular Economy , Construction, Finance and more. Looking at both the Challenges and the Solutions. With the aim being for participants to have the opportunity to network, share knowledge and hear from some great speakers.

We are absolutely delighted to announce our  Keynote Speaker

Jojo Mehta Co-Founder and Executive Director Stop Ecocide International

Jojo co-founded Stop Ecocide in 2017, alongside barrister and legal pioneer the late Polly Higgins,  to support the establishment of ecocide as a crime at the International Criminal Court.

As key spokesperson and Executive Director of Stop Ecocide International, Jojo has overseen the remarkable growth of the movement (teams in 15 countries, websites in 9 languages) while coordinating between legal developments, diplomatic traction and public narrative.

Chair

Professor Martin Freer Birmingham Energy Institute University of Birmingham

Speakers

Paul Dockerill  Director of Energy and Programme Managment  whg

Ben Williams Head of Zero Carbon Retrofit Wates Property Services

Andy Merrin Innovation & Decarbonisation Director United Living Property Services Ltd

Darren Snaith Director of Net Zero Soltherm/ Surefire

Nat Ortiz Senior Designer RSA

Anna Bright  Chief Executive Sustainability West Midlands (SWM)

Professor Rashid Gatrad OBE Consultant Paediatrician & Founder WASUP ( World Against Single Use Plastic )  and the David Middleton Sustainability Award Winner 2021

‘For the sake of our children’

Mike Leonard CEO Building Alliance

Professor Martin Freer  Tyseley Energy Park

Adam Smith CEO Surplus 2 Purpose / Founder Real Junk Food Project  – virtual

Kier  speaker tbc

Online registration now open – see below to reserve your FREE place

Exhibition spaces available  £300 + vat

If you have any question re exhibiting  or any other  aspect of the conference please contact

jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Following the sad loss of David  Middleton, in 2020  we ran a conference in September 2021 at which we were determined to deliver a great event to honour David’s huge contribution and celebrate his tireless work on sustainability and I think I can say he would have been pleased. We also ran the Inaugural David Middleton Sustainability Awards to recognise those who go above and beyond in the field of Sustainability

We were delighted with the turnout despite the challenges of COVID and a petrol crisis to contend with. Attendees had the opportunity to network, share knowledge and exchange experiences in tackling the climate crisis.

As well as honouring David’s memory and providing a forum for those interested in sustainability we were also delighted in 2021 to be able to donate £4,675 to WaterAid

We are proud to support WaterAid as our chosen charity.

You can find out more at www.wateraid.org

The David Middleton Sustainability Conference is supporting WaterAid to honour David’s tireless work on Sustainability.  WaterAid aims to change lives with clean water. David recognised this vital issue with one of his novels highlighting the serious impact of Climate Change on Water Supply (The Acionna Projects )

Birmingham Energy Institute – University of Birmingham

Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is developing and applying technological innovation, original thinking and new ways of working to create sustainable energy solutions and support the regional, national and global transition to a zero carbon energy system.

We are driving change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. Bringing together interdisciplinary research from across the University of Birmingham and working with government, industry and international partners our research is solving societal issues and addressing energy challenges.

ATETA, the European Regional Development Funded SME support programme from the Birmingham Energy Institute is helping organisations overcome obstacles and unlock business opportunities. Since its launch in 2017 it has offered advice and support to more than 160 businesses.

ATETA promotes research and innovation in the adoption of low carbon energy technologies for SME’s active in the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Areas.

Website:  https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/ateta.aspx

Contact: Dr Emily Prestwood, Development Manager, Birmingham Energy Institute

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/index.aspx

Email: Evelyn Phoenix, ATETA    Business Engagement Officer e.phoenix@bham.ac.uk

Sureena Sohal, ATETA Project Manager

s.sohal.1@bham.ac.uk

RSA

The RSA, the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We’re committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation.

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers, deliver solutions for lasting change.

One of our current key areas of work is around regenerative futures, which focuses on facing the challenges of climate change, inequality and environmental degradation, we know to simply sustain is not enough. We want to see a world where people and communities harness their potential to be sources of health and regeneration for all life on earth.

Because people and planetary needs are intertwined, our problem solving should be too. We need to regenerate.

www.thersa.org

Tyseley Energy Park

Tyseley Energy Park is committed to delivering low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste and recycling solutions for a greener, cleaner, healthier Birmingham.

Harnessing the vision, passion and innovation of industry, academics, local government and located on the site of a 300 year old business, TEP is focused on:

  • generating low and zero carbon energy and fuels from waste
  • producing low and zero carbon transport fuels including Hydrogen, Electric charging, Biogas and Bio Diesel / GTL
  • innovating clean technology business through direct access to world class, research, testing and laboratory facilities at the University of Birmingham’s Energy Innovation Centre
  • leading the low carbon heating agenda via the National Centre for the Decarbonisation of Heat
  • incubating companies/technologies through the Energy Incubation Hub that will shape the future of:
  • fuel cell and hydrogen production
  • smart grids
  • decarbonisation of heating and cooling
  • and recycling critical materials, e.g. rare earth metals
  • influencing and shaping regional policy to support clean growth and driving change

TEP’s legacy will be one that: sees greater engagement with and increased employment in low carbon industries. Stimulating innovation, demonstrating new technologies and creating commercially viable energy system solutions that positively contribute to local communities and the citizens of Birmingham’s whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 2030.

Home

United Living

United Living are place makers, driven by our strong company values that focus on delivering our customers’ expectations, addressing their challenges and leaving behind a positive legacy. We provide the essential services to the owners and operators of critical UK property and infrastructure assets, creating the communities where people want to live, work and play.

Delivered through our three complementary businesses, we keep our customers at the heart of everything we do and create green spaces that promote safe and inclusive environments for the generation of today and in the future.

Our scale gives us the ability to accept big challenges and build mutually beneficial partnerships, whilst thinking locally, working with our customers to deliver services and infrastructure that will stand the test of time. Our purpose is about making progress, safely, towards a sustainable future for our people, our communities and our business – it’s the United Living way

www.unitedliving.co.uk

Tel: 01322 665522

Email: info@unitedliving.co.uk

whg

We are privileged to provide affordable homes, quality services and support to people across the Midlands.  Climate change will inevitably become an even more pressing issue as the world heats up so the commitment to significantly reduce our impact is vital as homes have a major impact on the environment – this is particularly pertinent to our older homes.  Our portfolio of corporate and communal property, fleet and grey fleet also has a significant environmental impact as a result of the need to consume energy and fuel.  We have made a commitment to develop a road map to achieve carbon neutral status.

We also see the importance of maintaining the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard as a bench march for overseeing organisational compliance with all applicable legislation and monitoring the progress being made to achieve our environmental objectives.  We are delighted to continue with our active support and sponsorship with the conference.

https://www.whg.uk.com/

Birmingham Energy Institute – University of Birmingham

Birmingham Energy Institute (BEI) is developing and applying technological innovation, original thinking and new ways of working to create sustainable energy solutions and support the regional, national and global transition to a zero carbon energy system.

We are driving change in the way we deliver, consume and think about energy. Bringing together interdisciplinary research from across the University of Birmingham and working with government, industry and international partners our research is solving societal issues and addressing energy challenges.

ATETA, the European Regional Development Funded SME support programme from the Birmingham Energy Institute is helping organisations overcome obstacles and unlock business opportunities. Since its launch in 2017 it has offered advice and support to more than 160 businesses.

ATETA promotes research and innovation in the adoption of low carbon energy technologies for SME’s active in the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership Areas.

Website:  https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/research/ateta.aspx

Contact: Dr Emily Prestwood, Development Manager, Birmingham Energy Institute

https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/research/energy/index.aspx

Email: Evelyn Phoenix, ATETA    Business Engagement Officer e.phoenix@bham.ac.uk

Sureena Sohal, ATETA Project Manager

s.sohal.1@bham.ac.uk

David Middleton Books

Why David wrote his 4 novels?   In the widely acclaimed documentary film by Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood”, both former President Obama and the late astronaut Dr Piers Sellers said there is a dire need to inform and educate the public about climate change

Before he retired as CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and of the Midlands Environmental Business Club, the UK Midlands’ major business network on sustainable development, David spent nearly 25 years trying to promote the subject of climate change amongst other key challenges confronting our species.

Having retired, he found a new vehicle to promote his feelings and concerns about the issues facing our planet. He turned to writing Bond-like thrillers with a different sustainability theme running through each one . They are a weave of truth and fiction. Please support his lifetime efforts

Website: https://www.davidmiddleton-author.com/books

EnTRESS (Environmental Technologies & Resource Efficiency Support Service)

Providing fully funded (free) business support through the European Regional Development Funding to eligible SMEs within the Black Country and Stoke-on-Trent & Staffordshire LEP regions, drawing on a pool of academic knowledge and research from across the University of Wolverhampton.

Team specialisms include renewable energy, the circular economy, carbon footprinting, building physics and behavior change. Support can include environmental assessments, sustainable marketing, energy efficiency audits or assistance with the adoption of circular economy/net zero practices all targeted at improving your bottom line.

Access to technical equipment including a Matterport Pro 2 camera, FLIR thermal imaging camera, One Click LCA software, Tiny Tag Energy Logger, Spectis Touch Flicker Light Meter and air compression system leak detector

https://www.wlv.ac.uk/business-services/funding-and-support/entress/

 

David Middleton Books

Why David wrote his 4 novels?   In the widely acclaimed documentary film by Leonardo DiCaprio, “Before the Flood”, both former President Obama and the late astronaut Dr Piers Sellers said there is a dire need to inform and educate the public about climate change

Before he retired as CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and of the Midlands Environmental Business Club, the UK Midlands’ major business network on sustainable development, David spent nearly 25 years trying to promote the subject of climate change amongst other key challenges confronting our species.

Having retired, he found a new vehicle to promote his feelings and concerns about the issues facing our planet. He turned to writing Bond-like thrillers with a different sustainability theme running through each one . They are a weave of truth and fiction. Please support his lifetime efforts

Website: https://www.davidmiddleton-author.com/books

RSA

The RSA, the royal society for arts, manufactures and commerce. We’re committed to a future that works for everyone. A future where we can all participate in its creation.

The RSA has been at the forefront of significant social impact for over 260 years. Our proven change process, rigorous research, innovative ideas platforms and diverse global community of over 30,000 problem-solvers, deliver solutions for lasting change.

One of our current key areas of work is around regenerative futures, which focuses on facing the challenges of climate change, inequality and environmental degradation, we know to simply sustain is not enough. We want to see a world where people and communities harness their potential to be sources of health and regeneration for all life on earth.

Because people and planetary needs are intertwined, our problem solving should be too. We need to regenerate.

www.thersa.org

Soltherm External Insulations Ltd/Surefire Management Services LTD

Soltherm are producers of the highest quality EWI and thermal insulation systems in the world. We have been manufacturing products in house on the most advanced production line in Europe for more than 25 years.

We are engineering led with a R&D department unique to the EWI industry. With an ongoing commitment to innovation and improvement we have produced a fully certified A1 fire rated system and have a 75 year approved system to name but a few.

SMS procurement services are designed to bring genuine efficiencies to work programmes without sacrificing the level of choice and compliance you expect. SMS provide a robust framework and consultancy services to deliver excellent quality retrofit work across the UK.

SMS offer a full turnkey package from writing and submitting any bids to delivering the works. Working with homeowners and local authorities to make their homes warmer and smarter whilst improving energy efficiency.

www.soltherm.eu

www.surefirems.co.uk

Tyseley Energy Park

Tyseley Energy Park is committed to delivering low and zero carbon power, transport, heat, waste and recycling solutions for a greener, cleaner, healthier Birmingham.

Harnessing the vision, passion and innovation of industry, academics, local government and located on the site of a 300 year old business, TEP is focused on:

  • generating low and zero carbon energy and fuels from waste
  • producing low and zero carbon transport fuels including Hydrogen, Electric charging, Biogas and Bio Diesel / GTL
  • innovating clean technology business through direct access to world class, research, testing and laboratory facilities at the University of Birmingham’s Energy Innovation Centre
  • leading the low carbon heating agenda via the National Centre for the Decarbonisation of Heat
  • incubating companies/technologies through the Energy Incubation Hub that will shape the future of:
  • fuel cell and hydrogen production
  • smart grids
  • decarbonisation of heating and cooling
  • and recycling critical materials, e.g. rare earth metals
  • influencing and shaping regional policy to support clean growth and driving change

TEP’s legacy will be one that: sees greater engagement with and increased employment in low carbon industries. Stimulating innovation, demonstrating new technologies and creating commercially viable energy system solutions that positively contribute to local communities and the citizens of Birmingham’s whilst reducing CO2 emissions by 2030.

Home

United Living

United Living are place makers, driven by our strong company values that focus on delivering our customers’ expectations, addressing their challenges and leaving behind a positive legacy. We provide the essential services to the owners and operators of critical UK property and infrastructure assets, creating the communities where people want to live, work and play.

Delivered through our three complementary businesses, we keep our customers at the heart of everything we do and create green spaces that promote safe and inclusive environments for the generation of today and in the future.

Our scale gives us the ability to accept big challenges and build mutually beneficial partnerships, whilst thinking locally, working with our customers to deliver services and infrastructure that will stand the test of time. Our purpose is about making progress, safely, towards a sustainable future for our people, our communities and our business – it’s the United Living way

www.unitedliving.co.uk

Tel: 01322 665522

Email: info@unitedliving.co.uk

whg

We are privileged to provide affordable homes, quality services and support to people across the Midlands.  Climate change will inevitably become an even more pressing issue as the world heats up so the commitment to significantly reduce our impact is vital as homes have a major impact on the environment – this is particularly pertinent to our older homes.  Our portfolio of corporate and communal property, fleet and grey fleet also has a significant environmental impact as a result of the need to consume energy and fuel.  We have made a commitment to develop a road map to achieve carbon neutral status.

We also see the importance of maintaining the ISO14001 Environmental Management Standard as a bench march for overseeing organisational compliance with all applicable legislation and monitoring the progress being made to achieve our environmental objectives.  We are delighted to continue with our active support and sponsorship with the conference.

https://www.whg.uk.com/

David Middleton Sustainability Award

David Middleton sadly passed away in May 2020. David was a stalwart supporter of the Sustainability movement for many years. He helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club in 1991 and was also the CEO of the UK Branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. Even after retiring in 2013 David continued to demonstrate his enormous enthusiasm and passion for Sustainability including setting up and running the annual Sustainability conference in Birmingham and writing a series of 4 fast moving adventure stories with central themes based on various elements of sustainable development.

David’s colleagues and friends in the sustainability industry, together with his family, established this award in his memory. The David Middleton Sustainability Award will be presented to recognise and encourage similar passion, enthusiasm, and outstanding commitment to sustainable development.

The David Middleton Sustainability Award will be given to an individual who has either developed practical solutions or an innovative product or delivered a sustainability programme within their organisation or has brought people together in a collaborative way to deliver sustainability. The award is open to individuals working in organisations of any size in the UK.

The award will be made by the project advisory group of the David Middleton Sustainability Conference. The winner will be announced at the conference on 18th October 2022.

David Middleton was a larger-than-life figure who deeply cared about our environment and the lives of future generations. Therefore, to receive the David Middleton Award was an enormous honour. There are many individuals and corporates working hard to make our world a safer place. This award has spurred me to do even more. I hope it has a similar impact on you. ‘ Prof Rashid Gatrad OBE Inaugural Winner of the David Middleton Sustainability Award

Runners up in 2021 were Tony McNally Managing Director and Founder Climate Change Solutions, Robert Horsfall Director at Webster & Horsfall standing in for David Horsfall Director at Tyseley Energy Park, and   Lynsey Melville Professor of Environmental Engineering at Birmingham City University

The  Winners of the Award will also get the opportunity to speak at the following years event

Submissions for the David Middleton Sustainability Award are now open. All applications will require the following:

  • Contact details: name(s) and contact details (email & phone) for the award applicant.
  • Outline what has been achieved: this should show how the applicant has developed practical solutions or an innovative product, has been successful in delivering sustainable solutions, or has brought people together in a collaborative way. This submission should be a maximum of 500 words.
  •  If nominating yourself, please supply contact details (email & phone) for an Application referee who has agreed to verify or provide additional insights into what has been achieved.

The deadline for submissions to the David Middleton Sustainability Award is

17:00 on Friday 23rd September 2022.

If you know someone who might like to apply, please do pass on these details.

Please send the completed application to Jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk

David Middleton – The Background

David Middleton was given the opportunity, at the age of 20, to become a news reporter on the weekly local newspaper, the Walsall Observer. He spent a few years in local newspapers and radio before becoming a motor sport photo journalist. Via time in commercial PR he moved into the world of exhibitions and conferences which took him across Europe, Japan and the USA. In 1988 he had his ‘green epiphany’ standing on a  bridge in Pittsburgh. In 1991 he helped launch the Midlands Environmental Business Club (M.E.B.C.), a business group dedicated to the subject of sustainable development. He was it’s CEO and was Secretary General of TURF – The Urban Renewal Foundation . He also later added the role of CEO of the UK branch of the World Business Council for Sustainable Developments to his activities.

He retired from those responsibilities in 2013 and then become involved in various projects including the annul Sustainability conferenece. In August 2017 he was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce.

In ‘retirement’ he also starting writing fast moving adventure stories with the central themes based on various elements of sustainable development in the hope this might be an effective vehicle by which to carry important messages to as wide an audience as possible. Titled

The Final Shah Mat

The Acionna Projects

The Hwang Solution

Cobalt!

 

David sadly passed away in May 2020 , he will be sorely missed by his family, friends and all those in the sustainability movement

Car Parking

Please note  although there is onsite parking available it is not guaranteed due to the nature of the estate. If the Tally Ho car park is full, please park in the MAC pay and display car park ( Cannon Hill Park ) which is  within walking distance of the venue with both pay by phone & cash. To access the MAC exit the Tally Ho and turn right into Bristol Road. Turn right at the traffic lights and turn second right into the MAC car park. Drive to the end. On the right is a small gate which leads into the Tally Ho car park, and then  it is just a short walk to the venue.

 

Entrance to the actual conference is via the glass doors with a plaque for the Lord Knights Suite. Please do not enter via the doors badged Conference centre which leads to their reception and offices.

Postcode

The postcode is B5 7RN

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List of Delegates from 2019 Details of the David Middleton Sustainability Award

Details

Date:
October 18
Time:
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Cost:
Free – £300
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Organiser

Climate Change Solutions
Phone:
07866552833
Email:
jacqui.staunton@climate-change-solutions.co.uk
Website:
www.climate-change-solutions.co.uk

Venue

Tally Ho Conference & Banqueting Centre
Pershore Rd
Birmingham, West Midlands B5 7RN United Kingdom

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