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Phase 3 of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme is providing £1.425 billion of funding over the 2022/23-2024/25 financial years, for public sector bodies to install low carbon heating measures that reduce direct carbon emissions from their buildings. 

With Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, in September 2023, estimating it to be 2030 when the majority of new cars sold are electric, and the DfT estimating 52% of CO2 emissions from transport coming from cars and taxis, how can the public sector change their strategies to decarbonise infrastructure and have a sustainable approach to vehicles? 

There are concerns about the UK’s ability to deliver on the 2050 Net-Zero target. Time is running out for the climate and there must be a concerted effort to achieve these targets, so what can be done to reach these milestones?  


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  • 09:30 AM - 09:45 AM

    Keynote - Davide Natuzzi, Assistant Director Technical Services, Salix Finance

    Davide Natuzzi
    Davide Natuzzi Assistant Director Energy, Carbon & Technical Salix Finance

    Davide supports and leads Salix’s Energy and Carbon team working with the public sector to reduce carbon emissions through investment in energy efficiency and heat decarbonisation. Davide is a qualified as Environment and Civil Engineer and certified as Low Carbon Design Consultant and ESOS assessor. Prior to joining Salix, he worked oversea in Italy as sustainability engineer for 10 years to then move to Australia for further professional development and experience. He has worked in the UK for the last 7 years in two major construction companies, Bouygues and Vital Energi before joining Salix in 2020. Since then, the company successfully administered circa £2b of funding through the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme.

  • 09:55 AM - 10:25 AM

    Energy Efficiency

    This first discussion assesses the impact of the Public Sector Decarbonisation Scheme (PSDS) on reducing emissions from public sector buildings. While 68% of local authorities have improved energy efficiency, challenges persist in achieving the PSDS goal of a 75% reduction by 2037.

    The discussion focuses on the shortfall, with the current trend showing only a 0.62% annual decrease in CO2 emissions per square meter. Join thought leaders from the public sector who will discuss strategies to overcome these challenges and reach the PSDS goal.

    Andy Hunt
    Andy Hunt Green Energy and Sustainability Manager Oldham Council

    Andrew Hunt is currently a Green Energy and Sustainability Manager at Oldham Council, bringing experience from previous roles at Oldham Council, Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council, Trafford Council and Bury Council. Andrew Hunt holds a 1988 - 1991 BSc (Hons) III in Business Studies from the University College of Swansea. With a robust skill set that includes Strategy Development, Renewable Energy, Sustainability, Energy Efficiency, Environmental Awareness and more, Andrew Hunt contributes valuable insights to the industry.

    Jo Pearce
    Jo Pearce Net Zero Project Manager Exeter City Council

    Jo Pearce is currently a Net Zero Project Manager at Exeter City Council, bringing experience from previous roles at Exeter City Council. With a robust skill set that includes Policy, Public Sector, Real Estate Development, Local Government, Energy Management and more, Jo Pearce contributes valuable insights to the industry. 

    Vicky Kingston
    Vicky Kingston Senior Strategy Director Local Partnerships

    I am an experienced Project and Programme Manager within the energy sector. My experience to date includes delivery of a large scale investment programmes in both the domestic and non-domestic energy sector to European, Government and Public sector clients.

    I have considerable experience of working alongside and managing private sector organisations and am currently Programme Manager for the national RE:FIT programme, a scheme designed to help public sector organisations across the UK achieve substantial financial savings, improve the energy performance of their buildings and reduce their CO2 footprint.

    As RE:FIT Project Director at Local Partnerships I am responsible for the management and rollout of the national programme in partnership with the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

    Stephanie Parker
    Stephanie Parker Senior Adviser Decarbonisation Energy Systems Catapult

  • 10:35 AM - 11:05 AM


    This panel delves into the complexities of decarbonising transport, moving beyond electrification. It explores how local authorities can enhance air quality, addressing traffic flow changes and optimising public transport.

    The discussion also covers challenges in decarbonising the public sector's fleet and the crucial role of industry in EV infrastructure planning. 

    Katharina Winbeck
    Katharina Winbeck Strategic Lead, Transport and Environment London Councils

    Katharina Winbeck is an environmental and social scientist, specialising in developing major public initiatives. She worked in health, housing, regeneration, environmental & major projects planning and transport. For the past fifteen years she has been developing sustainability, environment, transport and infrastructure policy. She has worked for the NHS, three London Boroughs, Transport for London, the Audit Commission and now for London Councils. Katharina is passionate about London and environmental sustainability.

    Wayne Bexton
    Wayne Bexton Director of Green Growth, Investment and Assests Nottinghamshire County Council

    Wayne Bexton is the Director of Green Growth, Investment and Assets at Nottinghamshire County Council. He has worked in public sector Place leadership roles for over 20 years, specialising in delivering sustainable economic growth that aligns with environmental best practice. Wayne has previously delivered sustainability advice in the private sector.


    Wayne has been recognised as one of the top 500 influencers on environment and climate change, and is Chair of the D2N2 Low Carbon Board as well as leading on the Environment strand of the East Midlands new devolution deal.


    Wayne has delivered numerous high profile, high value environmental projects and programmes for the public sector across the Midlands, receiving industry recognition along the way including the National Lottery Awards Environment Category Winner, edie National Green Recovery 2021 and Local Authority of the Year 2020/2021.


    Currently leading on Nottinghamshire’s ambitious Place agenda, with an array of significant opportunities ahead of the County including devolution, STEP Fusion, Freeport and Investment Zone.

    Matt Davey
    Matt Davey Asst. Director Highways, Transport and Planning West Sussex County Council

    Matt has worked in municipal engineering for most of his career. Previously Matt worked in the private sector as well as with Slough Borough, Surrey County Council and Wokingham Borough Council. At Wokingham Matt helped to develop a significant capital programme to support major residential development across the borough. Matt took up the post of Director of Highways and Transport at West Sussex County Council in 2016 and took on responsibility for Planning in 2019. He takes a particular interest in how climate change is affecting how we work and what we can do to react to the challenges it presents. 

    Shamala Evans-Gadgill
    Shamala Evans-Gadgill EV Infrastructure Programme Manager Coventry City Council

    Transportation and Innovation: CVLR Programme Delivery Manager and EV Infrastructure Programme Manager/Senior Engineer –

    Shamala is a 4th-year part-time PGR within the Research Institute for Clean Growth and Future Mobility at Coventry University and is also an experienced Senior Civil Engineer and Programme/Project Manager in designing and implementing challenging, complex and wide-ranging infrastructure projects. Her experience includes (1) Innovation projects within the decarbonising transport platform, renewables, battery storage and management;  (2) Local Transport Plans, including Network Efficiency projects and Waste Management projects; (3) Traffic Management, including traffic-calming measures; (4) General roadworks, including road geometry; and (5) Regeneration, public realm, and urban environment projects.

  • 11:40 AM - 12:10 PM


    This session explores the public sector's challenge in decarbonising waste, using hospitals as an example with approximately 156,000 tonnes of clinical waste annually.

    The discussion addresses the diverse nature of public sector waste, acknowledging the absence of a universal solution.

    Louise Cowan
    Louise Cowan Director - Climate Local Partnerships

    Louise Cowan is a Director within Local Partnership’s climate business unit. She specialises in waste and recycling policy, providing support to the Welsh Government and local authorities. Louise has worked in the waste, resources and circular economy sectors since 2005 and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), Member of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA), and a Chartered Environmentalist.

    Dee Laws
    Dee Laws Portfolio Holder for Planning Fenland District Council

  • 12:45 PM - 13:15 PM


    This leaders debate explores the UK Government's commitment to reaching net zero carbon emissions by 2050 through technological innovation, particularly with the £1 billion Net Zero Innovation Portfolio.

    The discussion focuses on immediate actions for the public sector, examining the role of digitalisation in increasing efficiency and how improved data handling can contribute to environmental targets. Attendees will gain insights into leveraging technology for effective decarbonisation in the public sector.

    Kevin Pressland
    Kevin Pressland Green Councillor Thanet District Council

    Green Councillor Kevin Pressland is a passionate campaigner for nature and the natural environment.  His understanding of the threats faced by the natural world is based on expertise gained from a 40-year career in horticulture, garden design and sustainable land management.

    Prof. Andrew Barron
    Prof. Andrew Barron Sêr Cymru Chair Low Carbon Energy and Environment

    Professor Andrew R. Barron is the Sêr Cymru Chair of Low Carbon Energy and Environment, where his research involves the application of nanotechnology to fundamental problems in energy research.

    He is the founder and director of the Energy Safety Research Institute (ESRI), a £38 million investment on the new Science and Innovation Campus which will concentrate elements of the University’s energy research with a unique focus on safety.

    Educated at Imperial College (London), Professor Barron has held posts at the University Texas at Austin and Harvard and he continues to hold the Charles W. Duncan, Jr. - Welch Chair of Chemistry and Professor of Materials Science at Rice University.

    Professor Barron is the author of over 400 publications, 20 Patents, 5 books, and is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hümboldt Senior Scientist Research Award, the Corday Morgan Medal, the Meldola Medal, and the first Welch Foundation Norman Hackerman Award.

    He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2009 was appointed as the Prince of Wales Visiting Innovator. In 2011 he won both the Houston Technology Center's Lifetime Achievement Award in Nanotechnology and the World Technology Award for Materials.


  • 13:50 PM - 14:20 PM


    This final discussion focuses on the challenge of decarbonising the UK's 4.1 million social and affordable rented dwellings. It explores the hurdles, including financial constraints, and highlights the £3.8 billion Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund.

    The panel addresses how housing associations and local authorities are tackling the task, aiming to meet net-zero targets. 

    Michael O'Doherty
    Michael O'Doherty Director - Place Local Partnerships

    As Director of Place at Local Partnerships, Michael leads housing and sustainability projects with local authorities and Government departments. He led the production of the Local Authority Domestic Retrofit Handbook for BEIS and is currently supporting Welsh Government to launch the new Warm Homes Wales domestic retrofit programme and its alignment with Welsh Local Authority energy efficiency schemes. As Assistant Director of Environment for GMCA, Michael led domestic retrofit and energy advice programmes across Greater Manchester from 2010 to 2015. He is also a NED Board Member for Wythenshawe Community Housing Group, where he takes a Board lead on retrofit and net zero issues.

    Guy Woodroffe
    Guy Woodroffe Head of Policy for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund Department for Energy Security and Net Zero

    Guy has a background in strategy and policy, with experience of delivering policy, research and development and innovation across a number of sectors including transport, defence and now social housing. Guy is currently Head of Policy for the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund (SHDF) at the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.  Guy joined the Department three years ago, having held roles in innovation in the Ministry of Defence, and been responsible for developing strategy and programme delivery for research, development and innovation across the rail industry in the UK.

    Keith Melton
    Keith Melton Portfolio holder Climate Change and Net Zero Newark and Sherwood District Council

  • 13:25 PM - 13:40 PM

    Keynote - Bret Willers, Head of Climate Change & Sustainability, Coventry City Council

    Bret Willers
    Bret Willers Head of Climate Change & Sustainability Coventry City Council

    Bret is Head of Climate Change & Sustainability for the City of Coventry. He is responsible for strategic oversight of all energy and environmental programmes across the City as a Council and also Citywide for an independent Sustainability & Climate Change Board in partnership with other public, private and third sector partners and stakeholders. Much of this work includes a number of major energy transformation initiatives the Innovate UK funded Regional Energy Systems Operator (RESO) in Coventry. He also oversees two professional environmental consultancies (Business Sustain and the Green Business Programme) which support SME’s and large companies with advice support and guidance for energy and environmental management, health and safety and compliance with standards (e.g. ISO4 0001) and legislation.

    A former Director in Birmingham City Council and CEO of Sunderland’s New Deal for Communities Regeneration Programme with over twenty years senior management experience in local Government and the Charitable sector (Henry Doubleday Research Association and Soil Association) with a particular focus on addressing environmental and sustainable development issues. Bret led the development of the City of Cardiff’s first Environmental Strategy with achievements that earned the City the status of first ‘Energy City’ (with Newcastle) and ‘Recycling City’ (with Sheffield) and winning an International Council Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) award during the Rio Earth Summit. Coventry, a CDP ‘A’ Rated city, is committed to delivering a zero carbon agenda cutting across all areas of its business activities covering transport as well as buildings and infrastructure and in addition to the RESO Project it has a number of joint ventures delivering energy infrastructure across the City.

    A Graduate ecologist from University College Cardiff and Chartered Biologist and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society and Royal Entomological society with a history of addressing environmental and public health issues. Bret represented Welsh interests on the Environment, Energy and Regional Development policy at the Wales European Centre in Brussels and represented Eurocities in the EU’s Urban Environment Expert Group assisting in the drafting of the Aalborg Charter and the European Strategy for Sustainable Cities and Towns as well as representing local government interests during the development of the UN’s Habitat II Global Strategy and Programme for Sustainable Human Settlements in the New York PrepComm meetings and the Summit in Istanbul.


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