Supporting organisations across the borough to plan and take action for a more sustainable future

Cheshire East ‘Achieving Net Zero’ Conference

Thursday 23rd February at Reaseheath College 
Summary of Event

Offering practical insight and inspiration, the Cheshire East ‘Achieving Net Zero’ conference offers a platform for debate to explore how Cheshire East can achieve its net zero ambitions.

The conference, organised by Reaseheath College in partnership with Cheshire East Council, will focus on how organisations on a local level across the borough can work together to lower their carbon emissions, drive sustainability and achieve a greener future.

Headline keynote Sarah Mukhurjee MBE, CEO of IEMA will be supported by others including Councillor Sam Corcoran, Leader of Cheshire East Council. The day will focus on advice and activities relevant to your industry/sector to help to drive innovation and inspiration to make the change that is needed.

Free ‘Field to Fork’ networking lunch included.


Morning session

Reaseheath College (Iain Clarke)

Cheshire East Climate Emergency (Cllr Sam Corcoran)

Keynote speaker: Sarah Mukherjee – CEO, IEMA

Panel and audience questions followed by morning break

Chester Zoo – Catherine Barton

Shared Energy Coop – Dave Green (paths to local renewable energy)

Ringway Jacobs – Ben Waite (fleet and construction decarbonisation)

Lunch and networking

Afternoon session

Siemens – MD Andrew Peters

Local business decarbonisation case study 1

Local business decarbonisation case study 2

Panel and audience questions followed by afternoon break

Groundwork – Greville Kelly

Positive Planet – Stephen Henry

Cheshire and Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership

Meet the speakers

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Sam Corcoran

Leader of Cheshire East Council

Sam Corcoran became Leader of Cheshire East Council in May 2019. By profession he is a chartered accountant and chartered tax adviser and was awarded fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Taxation for a thesis on ‘Taxing the Workers’. He went to Manchester Grammar School and won an open scholarship to read maths at Brasenose College, Oxford. Immediately after being elected Leader of the Council, Sam proposed a motion recognising the climate emergency declared by Parliament and committing Cheshire East Council to being carbon neutral by 2025. Since then, the council has published an Environment Strategy and a Carbon Neutral Action Plan setting out in detail how it will achieve this commitment. Last year the council signed up to the UK100 pledge, with a target to make the entire borough carbon neutral by 2045.

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Sarah Mukherjee


Sarah Mukherjee is the CEO of IEMA. She was the BBC’s Environment Correspondent for many years, presenting on national and international BBC radio and television news, working – and winning awards – across the world. Since leaving the Corporation, she has had leadership roles in utilities and agriculture. She was a panel member for the National Parks Review and sat on the National Food Strategy Advisory Panel. She is also a Non-Executive Director on the Board of the Environment Agency. Sarah was awarded an MBE for her services to agriculture and farmer well-being in 2021. Sarah has been a Campaign for Real Ale beer judge and a rugby supporter in the past – two activities she still enjoys – and is a runner and yoga addict.

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Andrew Peters

Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries

Andrew Peters has been Managing Director of Siemens Digital Industries in Congleton since July 2014 having previously been Divisional Director of Drive Technologies from November 2009. Andrew is currently a programme board member of one the governments high vale manufacturing catapult centres in Coventry. He is also a Fellow at the government funded bethebusiness organisation, supporting SME’s across the UK manufacturing sector. Prior to this Andrew held a number of General Management & Business Management positions within Siemens in the UK. Andrew graduated from Leicester University in 1988 with a BSc (Hons) in Electrical & Electronic Engineering. Before joining Siemens, he worked for GEC ALSTOM, ABB and Cap Gemini in a number of Manufacturing, R&D, Engineering and professional Consulting roles. In his early years, Andrew also pursued a career as a professional snooker player. Born in 1967 in St Asaph, North Wales, Andrew is married with one daughter.

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Greville Kelly

Director for Sustainable Business

Greville Kelly is the Director for Sustainable Business at the not for profit environmental trust Groundwork. Greville has led the development and delivery of low carbon and sustainability advice, support and training projects to companies and organisations for more than 25 years. During this time Groundwork have worked with more than 10,000 businesses across the North of England, supporting companies to create business opportunity from environmental challenge. Groundwork’s project have supported the identification and delivery of more than 500,000 tonnes CO2e of greenhouse gases, whilst delivering cost savings of more than £100million. Greville will be presenting on the key steps all organisations should be taking to progress their journey to net zero, focusing on the business benefits and opportunities to create more sustainable and resilient businesses in Cheshire East

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Ben Waite

Graduate Engineer

Ringway Jacobs are currently working across multiple contracts collaboratively to help reach the goal of carbon neutral by 2025. Ben’s presentation will cover the goals that Ringway Jacobs has set and highlight in particular the importance of how EV fleet can help reduce carbon across the business.

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