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Business Breakfast: The Climate Change Act then and now…

October 16 , 7:45 am - 10:30 am

| £10 - £20

The Future Economy Network are excited to be co-hosting October’s business breakfast with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

The event will review the Climate Change Act then and now, will highlight progress made with the Clean Growth Strategy and will showcase innovation in transport and energy with partners, Hewitt Studios and Riversimple.

As always, there will be the opportunity for Q&As, for networking and for a hearty sustainable breakfast!

Nikki Jones MSc, Freelance Researcher, will be giving an overview of the UK’s Climate Change Act, ten years on. What has it achieved? Is it sufficient? How will we stay within our carbon budgets in the decades ahead?

Ruth Binny will then introduce the Clean Growth Strategy and how this will help business to progress their sustainability aspirations.

John Hewitt, Hewitt Studios, will be presenting their leading Modular EV Charging Hub solution called K:Port. K:Port is a scaleable solution for EV charging at an urban level, suited to being located in sensitive and prominent public environments. The K:Port EV charging hub has been developed to offer attractive, safe and sustainable neighbourhood EV charging with integrated cafe / demonstration space. K:Port sets out to:

– Inspire positive behavioural change, removing barriers to EV adoption

– Meet the growing energy demand (incorporating renewable energy generation and storage)

– Provide a long-term sustainable urban legacy (with reusable and recyclable components)

– Reduce risks associated with EV charging (poor safety, security and accessibility by all).

Riversimple has been single-mindedly developing the most efficient hydrogen car technology in the world. Clean technologies are of paramount value and Riversimple have aligned profitability with environmental performance in an effort to systematically eliminate the environmental impact of personal transport.


07:45 – 08:05 – Registration and breakfast

08:05 – 08:10 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:15 – 08:45 – Nikki Jones, Energy Researcher – The Climate Change Act then and now

08:45 – 09:15 – Ruth Binny, BEIS – The Clean Growth Strategy

09:15 – 09:45 – Low Carbon Innovation Showcase:

John Hewitt, Partner, Hewitt Studios: Showcasing K-Port EV Charging Hub

Victoria Griffiths, Riversimple: Showcasing Riversimple Hydrogen Fuel Cell Eco Car

09:45 – 09:55 – Q&A

09:55 – 10:00 – Close

10:00 – 10:30 – Networking


Get to know our speakers!

Nikki Jones MSc – Freelance Researcher/Writer

Nikki is a researcher, writer and journalist on oil, gas and energy. She delivers climate and energy lectures specialising in climate change on UK and global level.

John Hewitt – Hewitt Studios

John Hewitt is a partner of Hewitt Studios LLP, Urban Designers, Architects and Product Designers. Hewitt Studios have a proven track record in the area of expressive sustainable architecture, the seamless integration of new low carbon technologies and renewable energy with high-quality design. John employs methods of collaboration learned from the automotive industry to enable rapid, off-site construction, with embedded technology in support of the Smart City agenda. The practice were named Sustainability Architect of the year 2014/15, for their ‘ imaginative use of natural materials and clever manipulation of spatial, structural and technical characteristics to achieve maximum environmental results’.

Victoria Griffiths – Riversimple

A passionate and motivated individual, Victoria is perfectly qualified to help Riversimple through the transition from a purely engineering company into a service provider. Before joining Riversimple, she spent three years building and running a successful wind turbine service and maintenance business in the UK which specialised in the operation, maintenance and repair of medium scale onshore wind turbines. She sold that business in 2017.


This event is one of many in partnership with Green GB Week, you can find the full events program for Bristol here.

Follow these hashtags to keep in the loop! #CleanUK #CleanGrowth #GreenGB #GreenGBSW

The Cabinet Office will be covering the event via film and Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) will also be live tweeting during event giving it national coverage. If you do not want to be featured please let us know.