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
PRACTICAL TALK: MEASURING BIODIVERSITY
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
PRACTICAL MASTERCLASS: BREAKING DOWN INSTITUTIONAL INERTIA
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
PRACTICAL TALK: BUILDING DATASETS
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.
PRACTICAL MASTERCLASS: ACCOUNTING
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
|13:50 - 14:14||
MAIN ROOM PRESENTATION
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: BECOMING A MASTER STORYTELLER
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