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Sustainable cities around the world: what can we learn?

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What sustainability lessons can we learn from other cities? Join us for this event with speakers tuning in from around the world.

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We are keeping a close eye on all updates in relation to COVID-19. Our January events are now online, and include the same opportunities to network, take part in live discussion and the option to do a 60 second pitch!

The world is becoming increasingly urbanized. Since 2007, more than half the world’s population has been living in cities. Cities contribute to 60% of global GDP; however, they also account for 70% of global carbon emissions and over 60% of resource use.

To tackle the climate and ecological emergency, we must learn from each other and work together for a better planet for everyone.

This event will bring international virtual speakers to showcase inspirational urban ideas the UK can learn from.

The Future Economy Network are excited to welcome the Climate Agency at the City of Oslo, ElliKent Consulting (city of Melbourne) and Zero Waste Europe to speak at this event.

More information to be announced.

Toby Kent, ElliKent Consulting and Former Chief Resilience Officer for Melbourne

Toby will address what makes cities resilient and consider approaches that achieve multiple benefits with single interventions. He will draw from his work in Melbourne to create a metropolitan-wide ‘urban forest’, covering almost 10,000km2, and the importance of positioning walking and cycling as some of the most important transport modes.

André Aasrud is a Senior Adviser with the Climate Agency at the City of Oslo

Cities will play a pivotal role in reaching the global climate goals. Oslo is hoping to do its part and has a target to reduced emissions by 95% by 2030. In this session André will give an overview of Oslo’s climate strategy and targets - highlighting some of the biggest challenges and opportunities. He will also show examples of Oslo’s climate policy measures and how the city through public procurement and regulation is shifting the market in the construction sector.

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07:45 – 07:50 - Registration

07:50 – 08:10 - Facilitated Networking

08:10 - 08:20 - Introduction from The Future Economy Network

08:20 - 08:35 – Toby Kent, ElliKent Consulting and Former Chief Resilience Officer for Melbourne

08:35 - 08:45 - Questions for Toby

08:45 – 09:00 – André Aasrud, Climate Agency at the City of Oslo

09:00 - 09:10 - Questions for André

09:10 - 09:25 - Esra Tat, Zero Waste Europe

09:25 - 09:35 - Questions for Esra

09:35 - 09:45 - Final questions to all speakers

09:45 - 09:50 - 60 Second Pitches

09:50 - 09:55 - Close

09:55 - 10:05 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 1

10:05 - 10:15 - Optional Facilitated Networking Group 2

Meet The Speakers!

André Aasrud, Senior Adviser, Climate Agency at the City of Oslo

André Aasrud is a Senior Adviser with the Climate Agency at the City of Oslo. At the Climate Agency he was involved in developing Oslo’s new climate strategy. He is involved in the city’s work to reduce emissions from the construction and buildings sector and has been closely involved in the C40 Clean Construction Forum. Prior to his current position, he worked at the Norwegian Environment Agency where he led the unit responsible for implementing EU’s Emissions Trading System in Norway. He has worked on climate change issues internationally for over a decade at the International Energy Agency and the World Bank.

Toby Kent, ElliKent Consulting and Former Chief Resilience Officer for Melbourne

Toby has worked internationally to help major corporate, government, and non-government organisations achieve their commercial and operational objectives

He was Australia's first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO), appointed under the prestigious Rockefeller Foundation' 100 Resilient Cities initiative. As CRO, Toby created and delivered Australia’s first urban resilience strategy, Resilient Melbourne, a collaboration across Melbourne’s 32 councils, State, private and not-for-profit organisations.

Before this, Toby spent two decades working, across five continents on significant corporate and community-based partnerships. He moved to Melbourne as ANZ Bank’s Global Head of Sustainable Development. He then worked with MMG mining corporation to help establish its Sustainable Development team and deliver a targeted community development program for its operations in Lao PDR. Toby was head of PwC’s Sustainability and Climate Change team in Hong Kong and led PwC UK’s sustainability work with global retail and consumer goods companies.

Toby is a Board member of the Business Council for Sustainable Development Australia and an Associate of the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute at the University of Melbourne. He has a Masters degree in Housing and Urbanisation from the London School of Economics.

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