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On May 25th, 2023, the free-to-attend Suffolk Chamber Net Zero Conference brought together businesses from across the region to share ideas and insights towards achieving a shared goal of Net Zero by 2025. This conference, hosted alongside Suffolk County Council Carbon Charter, featured expert speakers, exhibitors, and workshops providing practical advice, tips, and actions towards progressing on the net zero journey.

The event was hosted at Wherstead Park, with Doug Field OBE, CEO of East of England Co-op serving as Chair for the event. The conference was funded by Suffolk Public Sector Leaders Group, representing the importance of collaboration and partnership between the public and private sectors in achieving this shared goal.

The conference also featured a panel discussion with expert speakers from diverse sectors, including Wendy Hodgson - WHAT Associates, Amy Coulter - Groundwork East, Richard Seppings - Anglia Car Charging, Peter Frost and Glyn Lee from Suffolk County Council, and Alex Wingate - SaveMoneyCutCarbon. The discussion centred on balancing the importance of business and economic growth with reducing carbon, and ideas on low-cost energy-saving and carbon-reducing initiatives that all businesses can implement.

The event also provided a platform to showcase the carbon-reducing efforts of Suffolk businesses and the grants available for those looking to begin their Net Zero journey. Attendees had an opportunity to learn about the business benefits of working towards net-zero and starting the journey.

Stuart Franklin, Head of Business Services, remarked on the event’s success, saying, “I thought it was a great event, that was well attended by many different businesses. There was a great buzz in the room, and speaking to the Suffolk Chamber members, they really enjoyed the event. Our sincere thanks go to Doug Field, CEO East of England Co-op, for chairing the event, and our expert panelists, exhibitors, and workshop facilitators for providing such useful information for others to take away.”

In addition to the conference, tree planting was also carried out to offset the carbon emissions from attendees travelling to the event. The organisers planted 28 trees through eForests in East Anglia, representing the positive impact of collaborative efforts towards a shared Net Zero goal.

Businesses interested in beginning their journey towards Net Zero can visit the Suffolk Chamber Net Zero Hub for insights, tools, and support to help them build a greener future for their business. More information on becoming Carbon Charter-accredited can also be found on the Carbon Charter website.

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