Sustainable Manufacturing Virtual Agenda

Two weeks before the conference, all delegates are asked to submit questions to our speakers in advance – enabling them to provide insight on the specific issues and examples the audience faces. Sustainable Manufacturing Summit Online mirrors the format of our established and successful face-to-face conference, featuring a combination of Plenary and Discussion Room sessions.


Our Plenary sessions bring together all attendees in a single virtual room – concentrating the event’s focus on a series of high-profile content sessions. These content sessions include presentations from our keynote speakers, short & snappy “Five-Minute Ideas”, as well as expertly moderated panel discussions. Each Plenary session will be accompanied by Q&A from the audience, allowing you to ask follow-up questions.

Discussion Rooms

Periodically during the conference the audience will split to into three Discussion Rooms, for a 40-minute interactive Q&A, hosted by a leading manufacturer and a technology expert. Each Discussion Room is dedicated to a specific, and you can choose the ones that are most relevant to you. In each session, you’ll hear insights from both of your co-hosts before an extended, moderated Q&A using questions submitted in advance, and live on the day.Each Plenary session will be accompanied by Q&A from the audience, allowing you to ask follow-up questions.

All session details:

10.30 Log on / Chair’s welcome

Ben Peace, Head of UK Manufacturing, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network)

10.35 5-Minute idea: What funding and finance is available to help manufacturers become more sustainable?

How KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) works for the greater good of the UK manufacturing industry, making links to the right expertise and partners, and funding & finance.

Ben Peace, Head of UK Manufacturing, Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)

10.40 Keynote: A different perspective on ways to improve sustainability performance

  • Looking at your operations in a new way
  • Finding improvements, you didn’t think were possible

Daniel Summerbell, Knowledge Transfer Fellow Industrial Sustainability, IfM, University of Cambridge

10.55 Keynote: Building a business case for Sustainability

  • How you define what is sustainable?
  • How you handle the uncertainty of data?
  • How you make it relevant to climate change and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Nigel Davies, Director of Technical and Sustainability, Muntons plc

11.15 Q&A Session with the previous speakers and delegates.

11.30 Break

11.45 Discussion Rooms Session 1

Please choose one of the following options:

Energy Reduction & Management

Energy Reduction & Management

How to structure and finance your consumption reduction efforts.

Water Management

Water Management

Reducing water use in manufacturing operations has meant changing the way people think

Sustainable Production Systems

All product-related environmental impacts can be influenced during the design phase.

12.30 Lunch

13.00 Discussion Rooms Session 2

Please choose one of the following options:

Waste Elimination, Reduction & Recovery

Waste Elimination, Reduction and Recovery

Carbon Footprint Reduction

Carbon Footprint Reduction

As manufacturers what actions can you take within your business to make a real difference?

Circularity – product and process design

Circularity and Product Design

Circularity- product and process design, form and function.

13.45 Break

14.00 5-minute idea: How not to do stakeholder engagement

- Posters and emails will be enough right?

Benjamin Goodare, Head of Corporate Responsibility & Trade Compliance,

14.05 Q&A from audience/moderator

14.10 Panel Discussion: 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?


Olivia Whitlam, Head of Sustainability, Siemens

Mick Albayati, General Manager for Environmental Protection, BMW Group

14.35 Break

14.45 Discussion Room Session 3

Please choose one of the following options:

Renewable Energy

Renewable Energy

Employee Engagement

Employee Engagement

Rethinking Packaging

Rethinking Packaging

15.30 Chair's Summary and Close