The programme leads with Industry Briefings, which will  set the Net Zero scene, starting with a myth-busting explainer session with Chiara Badiali, sector knowledge and intelligence lead at Julie’s Bicycle.

Reusable cups at events: Why it matters and how to do it, produced by Manchester City Council (MCC), will be launched by Helen Harland, events manager at MCC, and Chris Johnson, chair at Vision: 2025.

Naomi Lawson, project manager at ecolibrium, will look at how events can tackle environmental impacts from travel, while Tim Benson, founder of Smart Power, will update attendees on the latest developments in cleaner power at events.

Marking the first in a new series of resources, Powerful Thinking will launch a ‘how to’ guide on sustainably powering festival campsites in a panel and Q&A hosted by Benson with Shaun Pearce, MD of Pearce Hire, and Megan Best, founder of Native Events and ops manager at Body & Soul Festival. The panel will present examples of innovative new practices, discussing barriers and solutions and featuring a list of top ten tips for reducing emissions for campsite power.

The Journey to Net Zero Panel and Q&A hosted by Julie’s Bicycle, brings together guests to discuss experiences of setting targets; Harland will share how Manchester is working towards an ambitious plan to be a zero carbon city by 2038 or earlier, and the council’s role in engaging, supporting and influencing events to play their part. Johnson will provide an insight into Shambala Festival’s aim to be a “net-positive” festival and bringing suppliers’ perspective, Alex Spinks, head of health and safety and environment for Arena Group shares Arena’s journey to reduce carbon emissions for the company and its clients.

Decordia, a specialist in building and installing festival and venue architecture for events that prioritise sustainability, will provide signage to showcase materials and practice that can help move events away from single-use plastic. Award-winning sustainable brewer, Purity Ales, will share its range of responsibly crafted beers at the conference’s networking drinks.

The conference once again hosts the Green Supplier Awards, in which three shortlisted suppliers with a proven commitment to reducing environmental impacts will present their innovative new solutions in elevator pitches to the judges and audience, who will vote to decide the winner.