• 6 Jun 2023
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Addressing the climate emergency

Join us for the next in the series of our informal meet ups for members in the South West.

A quick overview of the climate emergency and what organisations can do to mitigate.

Hosted by IoD ambassador Katherine Piper, this event is part of a free series enabling members to connect and discuss topics of interest. Katherine will give an overview of the climate and ecological emergency from a global perspective, with reference to influential IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) reports and COP (Conference of the Parties) outcomes. She will then open a discussion about what the business community can do to address their environmental impact, before closing with some useful resources available from the IoD and Future Leap.

Simon will introduce Bristol City Leap, a new Joint Venture between Bristol City Council and Ameresco Inc ( an experienced energy services company) and highlight the opportunities for Bristol and South West businesses in this decarbonisation initiative. 


Katherine Piper

Katherine Piper MSc is Head of Partnerships and Sustainability at Future Leap. Future Leap's mission is to give organisations the space, knowledge, and tools to accelerate their sustainability journey and progress towards carbon neutrality. She sits on the One City Environment Board and has recently co-published a paper with Prof Jim Longhurst on corporate carbon management.

Katherine is the IoD South West Sustainability Ambassador.

Simon Merriweather

Simon is a seasoned Non-Exec Director and CEO in Infrastructure businesses. He is NED on Bristol City Leap, a public/private JV decarbonising Bristol City and beyond. He is senior advisor to UK Infrastructure fund GLIL. Previous executive roles include Head of Global Infrastructure Asset Management for private equity business Partners Group (AUM $120bn), Managing Director of Centrica’s power generation business which included developing, constructing, and operating windfarms, and Managing Director of EDF UK’s power generation division.

He has operated across international markets including Germany, Australia, UK, Ireland, Canada, France, Mexico, US and Taiwan. His main interest is in the Energy Transition. He has been an IoD member since 2001.

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