Sustainable Manufacturing Symposium has an interactive format that enables in-depth peer-to-peer discussions around your key business challenges, providing real insight and value. 
This includes a combination of plenary (keynotes, 5-minute idea, and a panel discussion) and our ‘deep-dive’ Discussion Room breakout sessions, which are limited to 25 delegates in each session.
See the below agenda from the June 2022 event. 

Plenary

Our Plenary sessions bring together all delegates in a single room – concentrating the event’s focus on to a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include case studies delivered by our keynote speakers as well as expertly moderated panel debates.

Discussion Tables

Select the topics that matter most to you! At two breakout sessions during the Symposium, you will have the opportunity to choose between six Discussion Rooms for a 40-minute interactive session concentrating on actionable takeaways, hosted by a world-class manufacturer and a technology expert.

09:30 - 09:35

Chair's Welcome

Tom St John

Tom St John

Multimedia Editor
The Manufacturer Magazine
09:35 - 09:50

Keynote Presentation 1 – How can industrial digitalisation help drive us to Net Zero?

Steve will draw on his wealth of experience including industrial projects, case studies, reports, including the latest government reports, to explain how some companies are using industrial digitalisation to drive carbon reduction alongside labour and capital productivity. Based on these leading companies’ experiences, he will explore how far can we go? And how quickly? Steve will also take a future look and offer some thoughts on where the convergence of digitalisation and sustainability – the two great changes sweeping global manufacturing – might take us.

Steve Evans

Steve Evans

Director of Research Industrial Sustainability
IfM (Institute for Manufacturing), University of Cambridge
09:50 - 10:05

Keynote Presentation 2 – Solving for climate change through AI and advanced tech

Sustainability tops business priorities globally, but organisations face many challenges as they ramp up their sustainability efforts. Advanced technology, including AI, can help optimise infrastructure to reduce CO2, improve responses to climate risk, make emissions and changes in ecosystems more visible, and manage extreme weather. This session will show how technology already supports the fight against climate change, how AI can harvest answers from data, and how manufacturers can use tech to minimise emissions and solve for sustainability.

Anne-Marie Scott

Anne-Marie Scott

Director, Manufacturing & Industrial Sales. UKI
Google Cloud
10:05 - 10:10

5-minute Idea – Green Shoring Manufacturing

  • Net Zero targets may unintentionally push manufacturing to low cost, high carbon regions of the world.
  • Clear standards and transparent carbon accounting could unlock a market pull for low carbon supply chains and reward those who decarbonise.
  • The UK could take a lead on development and adoption of these standards and decarbonisation infrastructure and technologies to become a global green shoring destination

Sam Turner

Sam Turner

Chief Technology Officer
HVM Catapult
10:20 - 11:00

Discussion Session: Net Zero and Carbon Footprint Reduction

As organisations commit to Net Zero targets and ramp up sustainability efforts, how do we come together to drive decarbonisation at scale? Scope 3 poses the biggest challenge, requiring innovative approaches and solutions, with technology playing a key role in driving this. In this session we will tackle:

  • What it means to have a Net Zero strategy and target
  • How to drive sustainability innovation through technology to reduce emissions
  • What enablers are needed to ensure successful implementation of sustainability initiatives

Ryan McNeill

Ryan McNeill

R&D Sustainability Lead - Global Confectionery
Nestle
Ruptesh Pattanayak

Ruptesh Pattanayak

Manufacturing & Automotive
Google Cloud
10:20 - 11:00

Discussion Session: Energy Reduction and Management

The starting point for decarbonisation IoT allows us to collect and analyse energy and resource data providing insights across systems, buildings and plants.

  • Setting a strategy and framework – what is the level of your ambition?
  • Harnessing Digital to drive energy reduction and energy production.

Mick Albayati

Mick Albayati

General Manager for Environmental Protection
BMW Group
Sara Halliday

Sara Halliday

Sustainability Manager
Severfield
10:20 - 11:00

Discussion Session: Digital Solutions to Achieve Sustainability

  • How to power a modern, adaptive work model using cloud communications that enable employees to be effective and productive no matter where they are or what device they are using?
  • How to turn communications data into decision intelligence by capturing real-time data from all channels and then aggregating, storing, transforming and presenting it to automate routine tasks, accelerate operational action, and support strategic planning for AI-powered automation of workflows and process redesign?
  • How to drive digital ingenuity that supports new products, services and businesses with digital communication channels as a catalyst to transition to a circular economy.

Rashitha Jayasekara

Rashitha Jayasekara

Chief of Digital Manufacturing
Rolls-Royce
Murray Grubb

Murray Grubb

Enterprise Accounts Director
8x8
11:20 - 12:00

Discussion Session: Building a Greener, Leaner, Resilient Supply Chain

Recent global disruptions have highlighted just how siloed and fragile supply chains really are within most organisations. To build the more resilient and responsible supply chains of the future, organisations must leverage data to be more effective and implement technology that ensures end-to-end transparency across the supply chain – But where do you start?

  • How are you improving visibility?
  • How is data enabling agility in your operations?
  • Examples of automation streamlining and simplifying workflows

Gary Cassell

Gary Cassell

Global Manufacturing and Automotive Industry Lead
Appian
Neil Ross

Neil Ross

Group Quality Systems, Sustainability and DPO Manager
Xaar
11:20 - 12:00

Discussion Session: Employee Engagement and Skills - the new manufacturing discipline

The key to creating a vibrant and sustainable manufacturing company is to find ways to get all employees from top executives to assembly line workers personally engaged in day-to-day corporate sustainability efforts. This discussion session will be covering important issues such as:

  • Evolution – The evolution of the Environmental/Sustainability Discipline within a Manufacturing structure
  • Retain and Attract – The attraction of a good Sustainability strategy (internal and external)
  • Listen, Empower and Engage – the best ideas / passion for this subject are already in your business, give your employees a voice.
  • Skills – Where can you get the skills for these roles from? Do these skills currently exist? Develop internally vs externally? What is the Interest in doing a specific ES role?

Natasha Mosscrop

Natasha Mosscrop

Senior Sustainability Manager
Kerry
Joe Walton

Joe Walton

Director
Michael Page
12:00 - 12:15

Keynote Presentation 3- Sustainable Manufacturing, building a profitable route to a more circular future

  • What is Sustainable manufacturing? What are its opportunities? What challenges we must overcome to bring it to life?
  • The role of end-to-end manufacturing efficiency on accelerating corporate sustainability ambitions.
  • Building a profitable route to a sustainable future.

Oriol Margó

Oriol Margó

Sustainability Transformation Leader
Kimberley-Clark
12:15 - 12:25

Q&A with Speaker

12:25 - 12:55

Panel Debate – Sustainability collaboration and partnerships are the keys to future business success

Manufacturers have done a lot of work to develop an effective sustainability strategy and reduce their own footprints but at the end of the day, the work of a single company cannot solve all of these challenges.

  • Which are the key areas that manufacturers can collaborate?
  • What are the key steps for building a successful partnership?
  • How to balance the transparency required to solve these challenges with competitive needs?
  • Who should we be collaborating with?

Natasha Mosscrop

Natasha Mosscrop

Senior Sustainability Manager
Kerry
Sara Halliday

Sara Halliday

Sustainability Manager
Severfield
Ryan McNeill

Ryan McNeill

R&D Sustainability Lead - Global Confectionery
Nestle