Net Zero Week 2023


In partnership with YPO we’re hosting a range of webinars over two weeks from 09th -19th May, to help you on your journey to net zero. We have a packed line up of industry experts, public sector organisations and suppliers to share their net zero journeys so far, strategies and top tips. 

We’re all facing an immediate climate change emergency. The public sector is committed to the government’s target of delivering net zero by 2050. For many local authorities, this is pushed even further, with multiple organisations working towards a 2035 target.

The 2023 webinar series will debate the challenges the public sector face navigating their ambitious net zero targets, how local authorities can promote sustainable growth in town centres and much more. As well as looking at what role can we play locally and regionally, and how can local public services take a leading role in decarbonisation? There’s a need to collaborate and innovate – so how can procurement help?

Following the success of Net Zero Week 2021, and to provide current perspective, expertise and guidance on the role of procurement in meeting net zero targets, public sector buying organisation iNetwork and YPO will be coming together again to host a series of free online webinars.

Together with YPO, we’re delighted to host a wide range of speakers for a series of webinars of activity and debate. Join us for a webinar, sharing case studies and experience, take away practical tips and tools from one of our masterclasses, or interact with us on a Q&A panel to hear views and thoughts, tackling your big questions.

Delegates can join us to explore how the sector is responding to the challenges and the opportunities being utilised by organisations to promote and support Net Zero targets. Find out more information on each session and sign up for a ticket to attend below.

Week One

10:00  – 11:00  Towards a Net Zero Public Sector: The Journey So Far

Join us for the Net Zero Webinar Series opening panel, as we reflect on the public sector’s journey towards net zero and what’s changed since we last came together in 2021. Setting the context for the series, colleagues across local government and the NHS will discuss the impact a new hybrid way of working and the environmental policy has on making procurement more sustainable.


Shelley Heckman, Director, iNetwork

Peter Leighton-Jones, Head of Sustainability, The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trusts

Sarah Henshall, Carbon Zero Manager, Manchester City Council

Jon Emmett, Senior Policy and Programme Officer, Greater London Authority 

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10:00  – 11:00  Transforming Public Procurement and the Impact on Environmental Standards

As we all gear up for big changes in public procurement we take a look at how this new legislation will help or hinder our approach to the urgent environmental challenges we face. Speakers from YPO and local government will delve into where they’re at with their own climate change policies and how they’re tackling these ambitious net zero targets.


Agnieszka Gajli, YPO

Lindsay Maguire, Deputy Director, Cabinet Office

Peter Schofield, Head of Procurement, Manchester City Council

Melissa Bell, Social Value and Sustainability Manager, YPO

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10:00 – 11:00  Promoting Sustainable Growth in our Town Centres

Councils and developers are consistently seeking innovative ways to promote growth and sustainability within their town centres. We will be joined by researchers and speakers from local authorities to discuss the challenge of sustainable growth in town centres and how procurement is key in the drive to meet sustainability targets.


Tom Hindmarch, Stakeholder Engagement Manager, iNetwork

Paul Hatch, Principle Planning Officer, Lancaster City Council

Antonia Jennings, Associate Director, CLES

Naomi Hartnett, East Devon District Council

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10:00 – 11:00  Tools That Support the Green Agenda

It’s easy to overlook the part that tools play in helping organisations with their green agenda so in this session we’ll look at just that. Join us to discover how public sector customers can meet their sustainability goals while also measuring their carbon output effectively.

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Week Two

10:00  – 11:00  Driving Sustainability with Renault

Whilst the direction of travel towards a net zero public sector is clear, the immediate pathway is not. Join Simon Calado and Grahame Neagus, from Renault Trucks UK, as they navigate through their approach to a decarbonisation journey, best practice amongst local government and how to overcome significant strategic and operational challenges.


Simon Calado, Energy Transition Manager, Renault Trucks UK

Grahame Neagus, Head of  LCV for UK & Eire, Renault Trucks UK

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10:00  – 11:00  Renewable Energy: A Catalytic Approach 

This packed panel session will provide discussion on how factors such as the pandemic, increasing energy prices, inflation, and an unstable geopolitical arena are accelerating goals to reduce energy consumption and move projects towards renewables.


Agnieszka Gajli, Strategic Procurement Manager, YPO 

Janet Smith, Head of Sustainability, NHS Trust

Alix Bedford, Risk Proposition Manager, Zurich Municipal

Tony March, Director of Public Sector Customers, Wave

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10:00 – 11:00  Environmental Containers: How we can all contribute to a sustainable future

With an increased emphasis on how local authorities are managing their recycling and waste we hear from Mark Mills, Head of UK Sales at IPL, a world-leading packaging provider. Mark will provide actionable insights on how the public sector can deliver sustainable solutions when it comes to food and it’s packaging.


Mark Mills, Head of UK Sales, IPL

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10:00 – 11:00  The Future of Medical Supply Chain: Exploring the Potential of Drone Delivery

Join Elliot Parnham, Founder & CEO at Skyfarer, as he discusses the current challenges faced by traditional medical supply chain methods and explores the potential of drones to overcome these obstacles. Having performed a first-of-its-kind Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) drone trial in the UK to connect two NHS Trust hospitals in Coventry and Rugby, Elliot will provide real-life insights into drone technology and how it can be utilised to enhance healthcare delivery and contribute to your net zero goals. 


Elliot Parnham, Founder & CEO, Skyfarer

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10:00 – 11:00  Towards a Net Zero Public Sector: What Next?

In the final session of the series, a panel of senior public sector climate change and procurement experts will reflect on the key insights that have been highlighted during this latest Net Zero Webinar Series and what it means for us all going forward. We’ll consider what challenges the public sector might face in 2023 and beyond, whether the right level of movement has been achieved so far and what the immediate next steps are to carry on tackling the climate emergency.


Simon Hill, Managing Director, YPO

Martin Budd, Climate Change Manger, Hull City Council

Heidi Barnard, Head of Sustainability, NHS Supply Chain

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