Andrew Griffiths MP confirmed to open Tech Severn 2021

Senior minister Andrew Griffiths MP, the UK’s Net Zero Business Champion, is set to give the opening keynote speech at a free digital conference focusing on climate change and sustainability.

Tech Severn 2021 is aimed at businesses and the public across Shropshire, and is pleased to welcome Andrew Griffiths MP, who will attend alongside many other influential and inspirational speakers.

Appointed by the UK Prime Minister to engage and mobilise the UK’s business community on Net Zero and showcase “UK plc” as a global leader in tackling climate change in the run up to COP26.

Andrew Griffiths was Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy from January 2018 to July 2018.

He served as the Prime Minister’s Chief Business Adviser between July and December 2019. He was elected the Member of Parliament (MP) for Arundel and South Downs in 2019.

He served on Sky Group plc’s Board of Directors from 2008-19 as Chief Operating Officer and previously Chief Financial Officer. Throughout his tenure at Sky, the company was a leader in taking action on climate and the environment attaining carbon neutral status back in 2006. He is also a former Senior Independent Non-Executive Director of Just Eat plc.

This free conference, organised by Shropshire Council, will take place virtually on Wednesday 16 June and Thursday 17 June 2021, and all content will be available on-demand for all delegates after the conference closes on 17 June, for up to three months.

Tech Severn 2021 will explore the crucial role technological innovation has to play in the council’s efforts to:

  • Reduce its carbon footprint and achieve ‘net-zero’
  • Drive a new generation of global sustainability
  • Mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • Protect its built and natural environments.

The conference brings together a line up of world class keynote speakers from the cutting edge of technology, sustainability, biodiversity and Government policy, including:

  • Dr Vian Sharif, Head of Sustainability at FNZ
  • Steve Backshall, wildlife expert and TV presenter
  • Ellen Wilson, Sustainability and Smart Cities at Microsoft
  • Sarah Tennison, Head of Clean Growth at Innovate UK.For further information and to book a free place, visit www.techsevern21.co.uk

Ian Nellins, Shropshire Council’s Cabinet member for climate change, natural assets and the green economy, said:-

“Tech Severn 2021 promises to be an unmissable event and I’m pleased that we have managed to secure yet another influential keynote speaker.

“We as a council are working hard towards net-zero carbon emissions with projects like the development of solar farms to provide renewable, clean energy; making the buildings that we own more energy efficient; investing in electric vehicle infrastructure; and planting trees, which capture and store carbon as well as creating cleaner air in our communities and thriving habitats for wildlife.

“There is still a long way to go in our work to protect our planet, but we are committed to helping Shropshire reduce its carbon footprint.”

People can also follow Tech Severn 2021 on:

LinkedInhttps://www.linkedin.com/showcase/tech-severn-conference-2021/

Twitterhttps://twitter.com/TechSevern

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