Connecting leaders in business, policy and finance to drive net zero innovation
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Innovation. Collaboration. Action.
Returning for the fourth year, the Climate Innovation Forum is a flagship event of London Climate Action Week 2022, bringing together senior public and private sector decision makers to accelerate the delivery of net zero commitments. The event – with an in-person audience of 700 and 3,000 on-demand global views – is a critical touchpoint between COP26 and COP27.
The Forum looked at core pathways to net zero and the delivery of the Glasgow Breakthroughs, shining a spotlight on the urgency of innovation.
Bringing together policy-makers, investors, climate-tech solution providers, business leaders and multilateral organisations, the action-orientated event will showcase what’s actually working to close the gap between ambition and action – exploring the creation and adoption of innovative technologies, processes and business models to reach net zero at the scale and pace needed.
Watch the Climate Innovation Forum to be inspired, to drumbeat, to connect and to do business. Be part of the action!
Event Aims & Overview:
The Forum was a critical touchpoint between COP26 and COP27, reflecting on the promises made at COP26 and the importance of the Glasgow Breakthroughs across power, road transport, hydrogen, steel, and agriculture sectors. The Forum showcased innovation and finance solutions that are closing the gap between ambition and action, within cities and across supply chains.
- Connect climate tech and low carbon solution providers with public and private sector organisations striving to achieve net zero targets
- Drumbeat successes: to highlight what’s actually working to close the gap between ambition and action
- Identify key investment and business opportunities around the Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda.
- Maintain momentum between COP26 and COP27
- Showcase innovation from the UK’s leading climate start-ups and scale-ups
- Promote effective policy at local, regional and national level to advance, accelerate and scale low carbon projects and innovations.
Innovation for the Glasgow Breakthrough Agenda
Financing Net Zero
Decarbonising Supply Chains
Digitisation for Net Zero
Net Zero Cities
Innovation for 1.5 Degrees
Toddington is a second-generation solar energy and energy storage professional, whose parents pioneered some of the world’s first commercial deployments of solar energy and battery storage systems around 45 years ago. He has spent virtually his entire career focused on delivering sustainable energy solutions, including creating five successful sustainable energy and low carbon businesses which he has led as CEO over the last 20-years. Prior to founding GRIDSERVE Sustainable Energy Ltd, Toddington was co-founder and CEO of BELECTRIC UK (2010 & 2011 solar world market leader), responsible for the development, construction and financing of c.350 MWp of utility scale solar farm & solar rooftop projects, including a 3.5MWp 20-acre solar rooftop project for Rolls-Royce.
Toddington created GRIDSERVE to #deliver sustainable energy and move the needle on climate change. GRIDSERVE’s first major success was winning the highest price battery storage enhanced frequency response contract with National Grid, where GRIDSERVE was awarded one of only seven successful contracts out of 208 tendered. Since then GRIDSERVE has grown from strength to strength. In 2019, against the odds of a year dominated by Brexit, GRIDSERVE pushed through, pioneering and delivering the UK’s largest and most technically advanced hybrid solar projects, becoming the UK solar energy and technology market leader.
In 2020 a year dominated by the global pandemic, and the country locking down multiple times, GRIDSERVE persistently and safely managed to open the UK’s first Electric Forecourt®, powered by solar energy and battery storage projects, designed to provide the best possible charging experience for electric vehicle drivers, and assist the uptake of net zero carbon electric vehicles in the earliest possible time frames. This was also supported with the launch of a new electric vehicle solution leasing business, in partnership with GRIDSERVE’s c.20% shareholder and strategic funding partner Hitachi Capital (UK) PLC.
In 2021, GRIDSERVE’s presence in the charging space accelerated when acquiring the UK’s biggest existing charging network from Ecotricity. GRIDSERVE invested millions of pounds to upgrade the newly-named GRIDSERVE Electric Highway network with new charging technology, contactless payment, real-time mapping as well as reducing pre-authorisation fees. The replacement of chargers was only the first step as the GRIDSERVE Electric Highway continues to expand to meet the needs of the electric vehicle market today. Already in 2022, six Electric Super Hubs have opened, each with 6 – 12 High Power Chargers, at Moto Motorway Service locations in Swansea, Exeter, Burton-in-Kendal, Thurrock, Severn View and Heston Westbound. GRIDSERVE continues to build its award-winning Electric Forecourts® with the latest location opening in Norwich this year.
CEO and Founder
Truman Semans is Chief Executive Officer of OS-Climate (OS-C), a part of the Linux Foundation (LF). OS-Climate a breakthrough Open Source solution for climate-aligned finance, investing, and financial regulation. Using the proven Linux Foundation approach for community-driven projects to solve complex challenges, OS-Climate is a non-profit data and modeling platform that enables investment decisionmakers to run scenario-based predictive analysis for accurately forecasting and pricing risk and opportunity related to physical climate impacts and economic transition. Responding to the universal call for more rigorous, transparent, and affordable climate data, OS-C’s Data Commons will provide corporate and other climate related data as a public good.
Previously, Truman was CEO of Element Capital Advisors, helping family offices and foundations integrate climate and ESG into their portfolios. He was a Partner of strategy consultancy GreenOrder, helping clients including private equity firms, Morgan Stanley, Google, GM, GE, Duke Energy, SABIC, and DuPont drive growth and profitability through investments in environmental innovation, resource efficiency, and clean technology. Truman led the Pew Business Environmental Leadership Council, and he co-founded the U.S. Climate Action Partnership (USCAP) and the U.S. Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance (USPREF). Truman consulted with McKinsey & Co., served as the U.S. Treasury Department International Economist for global environment, and was the financial mechanisms lead on the U.S. Climate Change Negotiating Team.
He has an MBA and BA from Duke University and a Masters in International Economics from Johns Hopkins SAIS. He serves on the Investment Committee of the National Wildlife Federation and the Advisory Board of Coast Capital, LLC.
Pharma & Biotech Sector Lead, Systems Transformation
UNFCCC Climate Champions
Stephanie Millar works as the Pharma and Med Tech Sector Lead on the UNFCCC Climate Champions Team. In this role, she combines her industry experience with her passion for sustainability to shape and deliver the sector’s strategy for achieving their net zero commitments. Stephanie has a master’s degree in Chemistry from the University of Auckland, where she applied Green Chemistry principles to her work, sparking her passion for sustainable science. In addition to her accomplishments in science and sustainability, Stephanie led the development of a mentorship program for Women in Climate Tech, empowering women to pursue careers in STEM and sustainability. Using her knowledge of sustainable science and her excellence at connecting with people, Stephanie aims to accelerate climate action across all life sciences.
Egypt’s Minister of Environment
COP27 Ministerial Coordinator and Envoy
Chief Executive Officer
Chief Strategy and External Affairs Officer
Prior to joining National Grid, Ben was the Chief Executive Officer of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, one of the largest utility infrastructure businesses in Australia, active in every mainland state and throughout storage, midstream, transmission, distribution and metering. Before AGIG Ben was the Director of Strategy & Regulation and Chief Financial Officer of UK Power Networks, one of the largest electricity distribution businesses in the UK with 8 million customers. Before moving into industry Ben spent 15 years as an energy and utilities investment banker, working mostly in Europe and Asia. Ben holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.
Ben has more than 25 years’ experience in the energy sector and has wide international experience. Ben’s focus areas include strategy, regulation, external affairs, stakeholder engagement, M&A, innovation and sustainability. Ben has a particular interest in the energy transition and the role of hydrogen. He also has wide general management experience from his time as a CEO.
Green Finance Institute
Ingrid Holmes is the Executive Director of the Green Finance Institute. Ingrid was previously a Director and Head of Policy and Advocacy at Federated Hermes International. She was also the firm’s climate change coordinator. She has over 15 years of experience working on environmental policy and sustainable finance issues. Prior to joining Hermes Ingrid was a Director at climate change think tank E3G, leading a range of global initiatives on sustainable and inclusive finance. She has also held positions at the low carbon asset manager Climate Change Capital; been an energy and environment adviser in the UK Parliament; and adviser at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. Prior to that she had a career in science publishing and journalism.
Ingrid has held a number of UK and EU advisory roles including Member of the UK Green Finance Initiative (2016/2018), Member of the European Commission’s High Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance (2017/2018) and ran the Secretariat for the Green Finance Taskforce (2017/2018). During the period 2019/2021 she was Vice Chair of the Disclosures Working Group within the UK Prudential Regulation Authority/Financial Conduct Authority Climate Financial Risk Forum and Co-Chair of the Investment Association’s Climate Change Working Group. She is currently a Member of the Lloyd’s ESG Advisory Group, acting as an independent expert on climate change.
Ingrid has a BSc in Biological Sciences (Hons Zoology) from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc/DIC in Environmental Technology from Imperial College London. Her BSc thesis was published in Genetical Research (Cambs) and she was awarded the Kathleen Lacy Prize for ranking first in her MSc specialism (Pollution Management).
Director of Science and Innovation for Climate and Energy
UK Department for Business, Energy, Industrial Strategy (BEIS)
Damitha Adikaari is the Director for Climate Science and Energy Innovation at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. He has responsibility for the energy engineering, energy innovation policy, innovation portfolio, greenhouse gas emissions inventory and climate science programme. He is an electrical engineer with a PhD in solid state electronics with experience in power generation, solar cell research and development, energy policy and programme delivery.
Attended by the world's leading organisations
"The sooner we begin to get our corporations to come together… the faster we're going to stand the chance of meeting this challenge."
"Net zero isn't about withdrawing from the economy, but it's actually more about engaging with the economy. We're not going to shrink ourselves to net zero, we need to invest and grow ourselves to net zero."
"I do believe there has been a fundamental change in the last 12 to 18 months, and now we've got to turn that passion, that hope, into tangible action."