Manchester Airport to host climate change summit - MIDAS

Manchester Airport to host climate change summit

20 April, 2009

Manchester Airport is to host the third North West Prince’s May Day Summit on Climate Change, part of a national day of linked events taking place across the UK on 1 May 2009.

The summit is convened by Business in the Community and will call on the businesses taking part to take urgent action to tackle Climate Change. It will see 200 of the region’s top business leaders gather together to share best practice examples on finding and implementing solutions on climate change and debate the key issues with top environmental experts and environment professionals.

It is part of ten linked events, with the main hub event being held in London. Explorer Pen Hadow will report on climate change from the Artic, where he is leading the Catlin Artic Survey, being sponsored by Manchester-based, Brother UK. Other parts of the programme will be broadcast live via May Day TV.

The summit is being sponsored by the Northwest Regional Development Agency (NWDA), United Utilities, Enworks and Envirolink and will launch an exciting new programme to support the Prince’s May Day Network in the Northwest. The Northwest has ambitions to become the largest, most active regional network.

Key themes to be discussed at the event will be innovation and skills, travel and transport and practical action for businesses to tackle Climate Change. There will be a strong programme of speakers including Professor Mohan Munasinghe, Director General of the Sustainable Consumption Institute at the University of Manchester and Julia Hailes MBE, Author of The Green Consumer Guide.

The event will have representation from members of the North West Climate Change Partnership, the organisation responsible for delivery of the Climate Change Action Plan. There will be an opportunity for delegates to comment on the plan, which is being refreshed. Delegates can register at

Bryan Gray, NWDA Chairman and Chair of the May Day Network Steering Group, said: “The Prince’s May Day Network is an integral part of the North West Climate Change Action Plan and the NWDA is delighted to be supporting both the May Day Network and the Prince’s May Day Summit on 1 May.”

Raksha Pattni, Regional Director of Business in the Community North West, commented: “Taking action on Climate Change has never been more important. We must take a long term view and we are pleased to be working with the NWDA, the North West Business Leadership Team and the CBI to push this agenda forward in the region.”

The Prince’s May Day Network is the UK’s largest group of businesses committed to taking action on climate change. Businesses are encouraged to take action by reducing their carbon emissions and by innovating low carbon products and services. It is convened by Business in the Community, which supports members of the Network by providing advice, opportunities to share best practice and signposting to further sources of support.

Source: Manchester Airport


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