The Guardian CleanTech Summit
As we approach the 2012 deadline for the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target, the need to increase scale, investment and confidence in the cleantech sector has never been greater. With government schemes to encourage the take up of cleaner energies constantly evolving, what can entrepreneurs and investors do to stay buoyant to achieve both profit and green savings?
Since last year's Guardian Cleantech Summit, China has emerged as a strong force in the global market and DECC has committed the UK to halving its carbon emissions by 2025. Combined with the current economic climate, how are these challenges affecting the market and what can we do to overcome them?
The Guardian Cleantech Summit 2011 brings together investors, cleantech companies, entrepreneurs and policy makers to explore ways to develop and grow the clean technology industry. Discussions will consider how to decarbonise international economies, ways to increase confidence in the market, using resources more efficiently and delivering jobs as part of a new green economy.
What to expect:
• Discussions about the state of the UK and global cleantech markets
• How can we make the UK a world leader in cleantech?
• What are the financial issues facing the market, and how can we increase growth, scale and return on investment?
• Discussions on the role of the emerging economies
• Gain valuable insight from some of the Global Cleantech 100's most promising companies
• Learn how entrepreneurs and investors can overcome the challenges they face, grow their business and find investment
• Debate the role of cleantech in the carbon budget
Who will be there:
• Venture capitalists, corporate and institutional investors
• Hedge fund and private equity managers
• Limited partners and investment banks
• Project financiers and asset managers
• Cleantech entrepreneurs
• Industry leaders and influencers
• Utility and industry executives
• Corporate energy and sustainability executives
• Professional service providers such as lawyers, accountants and consultants
• Governments, economic development councils, policy makers, scientists and researchers