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Wednesday 23rd September
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Spotlight Session

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Partner Webinars

As part of this year’s Virtual Green Summit, organised by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA), MIDAS is delighted to be hosting a variety of webinars to showcase the opportunities open to international business investors to help meet the city region’s ambitious 2038 carbon neutral target.

Hear directly from our academic and government experts along with international businesses who are already bringing their new game-changing innovations to life in Greater Manchester.

How to Engage Your People in GM Climate Action

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 | 10:00am -12:15pm


Join our panel of experts to discuss how they use Carbon Literacy training to empower their staff to reduce their carbon footprint.  This session will address the rationale, impacts and best practice of this 'made in Manchester' initiative that is now spreading across all sectors in the UK and beyond.   


Join our panel of experts:

  • Auto Trader

  • Manchester Metropolitan University

  • BASF

  • Stockport Council

  • Great Places Housing

Sustainable Construction – Building a Low Carbon Future in Greater Manchester

Wednesday 23rd September 2020 | 11:15am -12:15pm


With Greater Manchester’s ambitious target for all new homes and commercial buildings to be zero carbon by 2028, this session will explore how the city region is pushing forward to build sustainably using modern methods of construction and in leveraging the city region’s construction tech strengths. It will also explore the challenges with sustainable construction and how these can be overcome with advanced technologies and a circular economy.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Matt Paskin (Chair), Design Director, Whitecroft Lighting

  • Professor Will Swan Energy House, University of Salford

  • Mark Apsey, Managing Director, Ameresco

  • Joanne Holden, Sustainability Director, Peel

  • James Baker, CEO of Graphene@Manchester, The University of Manchester

A Circular Plastics Economy for Greater Manchester - Rethinking Resources and Recycling
Wednesday 23rd September 2020 | 12:45pm – 2:15pm


The challenges of plastic waste are real and need to be urgently solved but is it as simple as doing away with plastic altogether? This session explores the complex nature of our plastic environment, the interdependency of plastics on our goals for lowering our carbon footprint and increasing our expected lifespan, and the relationship we have with plastic in a pandemic and post-pandemic world.

Join our panel of experts:

  • Martin Wickham, Food and Drink Specialist, The Department for International Trade

  • Professor Michael Shaver, Director of the Sustainable Materials Innovation Hub, The University of Manchester

  • Sophie Walker, COO and Co-founder, Dsposal

  • Rob Thompson, Head of Packaging, Co-op Food

  • Lucy Danger, COO, Emerge Recycling

  • Richard McKinlay, Head of Consulting, Axion

  • Dr Helen Holmes, Sustainable Consumption Institute, The University of Manchester

  • Chris Beckley, Market Access and Public Affairs Director, Chiesi