It was a pleasure to attend this year’s Waterline Summit, and we are grateful to have had the chance to speak about sustainable procurement in the discussion: Moving to Green – Why? How? Who? When?
It was encouraging to see so many businesses coming together for a common goal, and insightful to find out what they’re doing to combat the complex challenges of climate change. With COP26 just around the corner, the issue of sustainability has never been more prevalent so it’s great to have been part of a local event which advocates the goal of reaching Net Zero.
We spoke on the Wednesday afternoon as part of Clean Road Transport Day. Alongside representatives from Aura and East Riding Council, we explored why it’s more essential than ever for businesses to demonstrate green credentials and what this means in practice. Our co-founder Daniel Usifoh also shared his expertise on how to effectively implement sustainable procurement.
Spread over 5 days and with over 100 speakers, this event provided a wealth of opportunity to learn from, and meet likeminded people from a diverse range of different industries.
In addition to presenting at the event, our team was fortunate enough to attend several events and talks across the week.
In a fantastic programme, our particular highlights included the opening event – A Question of Carbon. It brought together academics and business leaders from across the region to explore the magnitude of the challenge we’re facing – while also offering real hope about the Humber region and our ability to lead the way in solving the big issues facing humanity.
Ruth Herbert’s The Future of Energy was an insightful look into the future of Carbon Capture and Storage, and the role it has to play in cutting emissions. In Accelerating to Zero Emission Transport, Tristan Allen explored the huge potential of electric cargo bikes, and how they could form a key part of the solution when it comes to tackling transport emissions and congestion in our cities.
Plug in Adventures by Chris Ramsey was fantastic! Hearing about his ambitious plans to drive from pole to pole in an electric car was a huge eye opener, and helped to dispel some of the common fears about range anxiety in electric cars.
The Waterline Summit is the North of England’s biggest and most important decarbonization event. It’s been great to see our local area of Hull play such an integral part in climate change activism and provide a platform for businesses like ourselves to talk about sustainability and its necessity for a greener future.
We hope to return in the future, and look forward to seeing the positive changes that the summit inspires.
The Waterline Summit ran from 18 – 22 October 2021, hosting hybrid and online events at Aura Innovation Centre and streamed via thewaterline.global hub.
Daniel Usifoh spoke on Clean Road Transport Day at the event Moving to Green – Why? How? Who When? on Wednesday, 20 October, 14:00 – 16:00.
To find out more about The Waterline Summit please visit https://thewaterline.global/summit-2021/
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