Green in the City events will be held in Londonâs Square Mile during 2009. The aims of the events are twofold: to provide a forum for discussing and addressing green business issues, specifically in relation to the City and its use of technology, and to connect City-based decision makers with green technology providers.
The subject of the first debate will be: âAre bankers worse polluters than the steel plants of China?â and is part of a series of Capital Markets Chamber meetings, a joint venture between JWG-IT and the Financial Services Club (FS Club), in collaboration with ecoConnect.
Says Robert Hokin, CEO of ecoConnect: âThe Green in the City events are an excellent forum for exploring how the City can become more aware of its impact on the environment and be more responsible and efficient in its use of resources. JWG-IT and FS Club are firmly established in the City and I am very pleased that we will be working with them on this event.â
PJ Di Giammarino, CEO of JWG-IT and Chairman of the Capital Markets Chamber, says: âThis may be a provocative statement, but the serious, underlying issue is how the sector will respond to the new regulatory environment. Banking operations generate large, and growing, quantities of carbon. The UKâs Climate Change Act (26 November 2008) passes into law an enforceable reduction framework. The risks of non-compliance are fines, extra costs and very publicly being placed in the relegation zone of the planned league tables. Will the industry seize the opportunity or dig in defensively? Hopefully our debate will answer this question.â
Launched last year with a keynote speech by Zac Goldsmith, ecoConnect is at the forefront of promoting real world green technology and how best to commercialise innovative, transformational green solutions for UKâs corporate and business world. It unites the eco technology world: executives responsible for sustainability and corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives; entrepreneurs from green and clean technology companies; political leaders and advisors; government development councils; policy makers, scientists and academics.