Today, Innovation Zero kicked off its inaugural Clean Tech Congress in London. The two-day conference, which will have over 11,000 people in attendance, will include panel discussions that focus on private sector development in the clean tech space and policies that can be implemented to drive innovation.
Innovation Zero will also include notable speakers including the Rt. Hon. Oliver Dowden, MP who serves as the Deputy Prime Minister of the U.K., and the Rt. Hon. Graham Stewart, MP who is the U.K.’s Minister of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. C3 Solutions’ Drew Bond will also be moderating a panel discussion on clean tech investment opportunities with representatives from Azolla Ventures, BlackRock, and Emerson Collective.
The Rt. Hon. Liam Fox, MP, who is the Event Chair, kicked off the conference by providing opening remarks which focused on the importance of free markets in reducing emissions and driving progress:
Thank you to everyone who has supported our inaugural Innovation Zero through attending, speaking, partnering, and exhibiting. We’d like to make a special mention of the UK government, led here by Innovate UK, for their support.
Who would have thought that an inaugural event could reach these proportions? When we first discussed this project, over a beer during the pandemic, today would have been inconceivable.
And we have only been able to make this a free to attend event thanks to the contributions of our sponsors and exhibitors. So, a huge thank you to them.
This is the first in a series of global events designed to connect a newly forming universe of innovators, funders, policymakers and both public and private sector organisations, across all sectors, to drive the low carbon transformation.
I am delighted to see our partners from Saudi Arabia, UAE, USA, and Morocco here among so many others. We can only solve global problems through global solutions.
The shift to a low carbon world is rapidly gathering momentum as increasing numbers of motivated people and increasing volumes of capital re direct their attention into the very real climate related challenges that we face.
But we cannot punish people into decarbonisation. We need to use technology to minimise disruption and, if possible, provide augmentation to our lifestyles. Decarbonisation needn’t be a hairshirt activity and you will find this event positively infused with optimism.
We also need to make it profitable for our innovators and our entrepreneurs to unleash their creative genius in the arena of green tech. That means challenging our financial system to ensure that we can scale up our creative businesses, preserving IP and long-term profitability.
Our role here is to create a platform to enable you to connect with customers, partners, funders, and stakeholders. We have invited to the stage leaders across disciplines who we believe have value and vision to share.
Our contributors represent the worlds of science, research, innovation, business, finance and policymaking and we thank them all for their contributions.
We hope we can ignite the synergy of the believers.
Those who believe that climate challenges can also be an opportunity.
Those who believe that technology can plot a safe course to the future.
Those who believe that human ingenuity will overcome adversity if we have the audacity to unleash it.
Over the 2 days we invite you to engage with our showfloor of innovators and solution providers, and to connect with your fellow attendees who represent over 90 countries across all industries.
Come and believe with us.
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