Project Development and Finance Networking Event

Tuesday, 1 May, 2018 - 16:30 to 18:30
Cloth Hall Court, Leeds, LS1 2HD

Are you from a Leeds based organisation interested in carrying out cost effective energy saving projects?

Are you a potential investor who wants to invest in energy saving projects in Leeds?

Are you a provider of professional services who can offer Leeds organisations the support they need to implement energy saving projects?

If so, please join us for Leeds Climate Commission’s Project Development and Finance Networking Event from 16:30 – 18:30 on Tuesday 1st May (Refreshments and registration from 16:00, networking and wine reception 18:30 – 19:00).

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Background to the Leeds Climate Commission Project Development and Finance Initiative

Leeds has taken the pioneering step to establish the Leeds Climate Commission to help shape its transition to a resource efficient and climate resilient city. Its members are drawn from 25 of the city’s key public, private and third sector organisations.

The Commission’s analysis highlights enormous potential to pursue cost effective low carbon measures. But it also highlights the challenges faced in developing the business case for investment in energy efficiency and low carbon projects and in linking to relevant sources of finance.

We have therefore established a special initiative to work with local organisations to help with the identification and evaluation of projects, with the preparation of business models and cases for investment, and to link organisations with potential investors.

The launch event for this special initiative will:
- showcase the experiences of organisations that have secured investment for energy and low carbon projects;
- present key insights from organisations with experience in project identification and development;
- explore different business models and financing arrangements;
- set out the perspectives of different investors working in the field of green finance;
- provide opportunities for networking;
- introduce and invite participation in the next stages in the Leeds Climate Commission’s special initiative on project development and financing.

Panel members

Chair: Professor Andy Gouldson, Chair of Leeds Climate Commission and Professor of Environmental Policy at the University of Leeds

Convenor: David Kilduff, Chair of Leeds Climate Commission’s Project Development and Finance Initiative; Partner, Walker Morris LLP

Panel member: Polly Billington is the Director of UK100


Mike Dunn, Director of Iona Capital

Richard Knights, Associate Director, Utility & Energy Consultant, ARUP

Louise O'Brien, Managing Director, Greyhound Box Ltd

Graham Mackenzie, Investment Director at Iona Capital.

Speaker: Peter Vickers, Chairman of Benjn. R. Vickers & Sons Ltd

Funders and sponsors

Many thanks to the following organisations who have provided funding or in kind support for this event: University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University, Walker Morris LLP, Iona Capital, ESRC Centre for Climate Change Economics and Policy, Leeds City Council