Drax boss to speak on sustainable business agenda

Peter Emery, operations director of Drax Power Ltd, is joining a powerful line up of speakers putting the business case for sustainability at a conference organised by Business in the Community (BITC), in Sheffield on May 6.

Drax Power Ltd used to be the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in the UK and is now the cleanest of the country’s coal-fired power stations. With sustainability central to Drax’s business, Mr Emery will outline the strategy and steps behind the decision to divest carbon burning technology and transform Drax into a predominantly biomass-fuelled company.

Mr Emery said: “As one of the largest CO2 emitters in Europe, the issue of climate change was business critical to Drax, our challenge was to develop and deliver a set of practical solutions that would have a material impact on our emissions performance and add shareholder value.” 

BITC, which champions responsible business practice, is spearheading the fourth annual Business Unusual Conference at the city’s Edge Conference Centre featuring a speaking panel of high profile regional and national business leaders.

Yorkshire Water CEO Richard Flint, who is also a regional BITC Board Member, is chairing a breakfast leadership discussion for board directors and senior managers, which will explore the new type of leadership required by today’s business leaders to drive change.

Dr Kamal Birdi, senior lecturer in occupational psychology, University of Sheffield Management School, will help delegates to create a practical action plan using an innovative app ‘Clear Ideas’ to take back to their boards to gain buy-in and investment.

Other keynote speakers include Tony Walker deputy managing director, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK); Estelle Brachlianoff, executive vice-president of Veolia UK; Chris Harrop, chair of the UN Global Compact and Dax Lovegrove, director of sustainability and innovation at Kingfisher.

Conference organiser Elizabeth Edgington, BITC’s head of marketplace sustainability, East of England, said: “As our high level speakers will testify, companies who take their environmental and social responsibilities seriously have the edge in business. The conference is a great opportunity for senior managers to learn at first hand best practice in creating businesses fit for a sustainable future.” 

The conference is supported for the second consecutive year by Marshalls and Yorkshire Water, and is hosted by the University of Sheffield Management School.

For more information about the conference, or to book at place, go to www.bitc.org.uk/businessunusual

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