Wednesday 27th June 2018

15 Hatfields, London


Registration & Refreshments


Chair’s Opening Remarks

Rachel Salvidge Webster, Features Editor, ENDS



25 Year Environment Plan - policy priorities for enhancing the environment


Quick fire case studies and audience Q&A: How is Natural Capital valuation influencing strategic decision- making?

Hear detailed accounts on recent natural capital projects from four leading organisations in the field. They will discuss the frameworks they adopted to identify and value their natural capital assets, the challenges they faced and how this will inform improvements to future projects, and how they are integrating these insights into their organisations strategic decision-making process.

United utilities: Natural Capital Account for land holdings- How is natural capital valuation influencing mid-long term decision-making for the management of lands?

Jonathan Dobson, Sustainability Strategy Manager, United Utilities

Forestry Commission: Using natural capital accounting to influence practical land management decisions – Forest Enterprise Case Study

Miranda Winram, Head of Strategy and Insights, Forestry Commission

Yorkshire Water: Total Impact and Value Assessment – embedding the capitals in a standardised decision-making framework to shape our PR19 business plan and inform all business investment decisions

Gordon Rogers, Head of Sustainability, Yorkshire Water

Jaguar Land Rover: Natural Capital Assessment - What Next? Having navigated comprehensive product life cycle assessment, natural capital valuation and set some strategic priorities around the findings, what’s next for JLR's exploration into natural capital impacts?

Ian Ellison, Senior Manager - Sustainability, Jaguar Land Rover


Joint Audience Q&A


Morning Refreshment Break



Presentation and Q&A: Progress to date in developing biodiversity indicators

Biodiversity constitutes the living component of natural capital, but is extremely difficult to fully measure.  It is a key component of natural capital ‘stock’, however, when it comes to quantification, biodiversity is often a major challenge. There are tools available to measure biodiversity but many of these are difficult to apply within a corporate context. Businesses are asking for biodiversity metrics that are credible, practical and easy to understand. In recognition of these challenges, the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership’s Natural Capital Impact Group is developing a quantifiable measure that can be used to assess the impact of a company’s activities on biodiversity.

Gemma  will discuss progress to date, share insights from companies and explain what still needs to happen in order to create simple, practical performance measures for corporate use on biodiversity.

Dr Gemma Cranston, Programme Director, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership



Interactive Talk: Accounting for natural capital- the elephant in the boardroom

Building an understanding on the concept of natural capital and its value to the business with stakeholders is the first hurdle for many organisations to overcome. The complex nature of natural capital valuation and its consequential impact on how a business should be making decisions can be difficult to convey to colleagues outside of the sustainability and environmental economics teams.

Natalie is carrying out research into understanding the internal conditions for success in mainstreaming natural capital, having carried out interviews with business leaders to understand the barriers. Natalie will give delegates an overview of her findings along with top tips on how to take Natural Capital through to the rest of the business.

Natalie Pullin, Project Lead, Natural Capital Coalition

11:40 - 11:50

Swap or Stay



Presentation and Q&A - Developing datasets

Measuring your natural capital both directly and indirectly is a complex task and is context dependent, and generating consistent datasets which underlies these metrics is a significant challenge. Industry is working hard to build an evidence base to develop natural capital indicators. Scientists from the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology will play a key role in a new £3.1M ‘Data Science of the Natural Environment’ project, announced on 30 January 2018. And WCMC is working closely with the Coalition to address the data challenges facing those using the natural capital protocol.

This session will reflect on barriers to date and the strides being made by industry to bridge the data gap, globally available datasets and practical tips on how to build and analyse your data effectively.



Developing Corporate Natural Capital Accounts

Some parts of national and local government, as well as some businesses, are seeking to apply the natural capital concept to the decisions they take. Producing a set of natural capital accounts is a way of consistently presenting information about the condition of the environment and the value of the services it provides to stakeholders. This will help support financial and management decisions.

This session will equip attendees, who are looking to develop their first set of accounts, with the understanding and tools needed to get started.

Ian Dickie, Director of Economics, Eftec


Networking Lunch

13:50 - 14:14


Presentation and fire-side chat: Finding internal Champions for your cause

Getting business buy-in is crucial for securing investments to run natural capital projects, but developing those relationships can be a difficult task. Hear from a finance director on what got them brought into the idea and how they are working closely with the sustainability team to advance their natural capital agenda.

Gordon Rogers, Manager of Sustainability and Strategy, Yorkshire Water

13:50 - 14:50


Workshop: Getting your narrative right

The concept of natural capital is not in everyone’s dialogue, it is complex and technical and therefore requires people to articulate the core elements and values in a simplified and engaging way.

The workshop will equip you with the tools to become a better storyteller so you can communicate your plans and strategy confidently.

Georgina Bromwich, Head of Training, The Writer

*Limited availability - book early to guarantee your place


Planners presentation and fireside chat- How will natural capital be embedded at a local government level and how will local authorities with limited resources be supported?

The latest thinking on the role of the planning system in environmental protection


Afternoon Refreshment Break


Quick fire case studies: Lessons extracted from The Pioneer Projects

North Devon: Tim Sunderland, Principal Specialist in Economics, Natural England


Joint Audience Q&A


Fireside Chat and Joint Q&A

Alan Law, Chief Strategy & Reform Officer, Natural England


Chair's Closing Remarks

Rachel Salvidge Webster, Features Editor, ENDS


Close of Conference