The Green Expo Business Conference 2023 Thursday, 15th June, 10am – 5pm.

Riverside Innovation Centre, Castle Drive, Chester CH1 1SL


A focus on solutions happening in and around the North West and Cheshire and what is being done, rather than talking about the scale of the issues. We need to move beyond that and highlight the great actions being taken by industry, commerce, communities and individuals and learn from their achievements.

Last year. nationally known speakers tackle topics on each of the UK’s Climate Response strands, Power, Buildings (& Homes), Industry, Transport, Natural Resources (& Farming), Adaptation & Resilience. This year the focus will be on  on jobs and skills and how organisations can support the green activities taking place in the region.

Presentations will be a mix of TED-style inspirational sessions, interspersed by panel discussions led by experts.

Cheshire and Warrington LEP will provide an overview of the Net Zero North West Industrial decarbonisation cluster plan investment case (North West & Wales) as part of plans for the area, built on decades of industry-leading experience in energy distribution systems, fuels and nuclear engineering and design, to become a world leader in zero carbon energy technology and innovation, and the first decarbonised industrial cluster in the world, putting the region at the forefront of the UK’s drive to net zero.

Cheshire West & Chester, Cheshire East and Warrington councils will highlight their net zero actions too.

Following the award to HyNet of Track 1 status to the region, which means it is one of two industrial clusters to be taken forward first for decarbonisation with government, we need a workforce which is ready to take on the challenges of future needs by organisations delivering green solutions. Over 60,500 new jobs* will be created in the North West by 2050 to get the UK to NetZero and sustaining up to 660,000 jobs#, the largest number of all the UK regions*. These jobs need applicants with the right skills.  An afternoon session will focus on the skills gap and how organisations have overcome this.

Attendees will be able to take back examples of best practice and solutions to help them in their organisations and give them the reassurance that more is being achieved in the North West than any other region in the UK to achieve sustainable progress towards Net Zero.

The 2022 Programme is below.

Please click here for information on 2022 speakers.

We have arranged special rates with selected local hotels convenient for the conference. Discount codes are available from your conference or awards booking confirmation form.

* Green Skills Taskforce 2021           # NZNW Economic Investment Prospectus (

The Green Expo 2023 Survey

The Green Expo 2023 survey will help us understand the progress organisations in the North West are making in their ESG commitments (Environmental, Social & Governance issues).
Your views are critical to this and we would really appreciate your time invested in letting us know your priorities, opinions and concerns.

We will send everyone who leaves their email a copy of the summary report.

A selection of Images from 2022

If you use the photos for your own purposes please credit “ Ian Southerin for #GreenExpo.UK “


2022 Conference Programme (2023 to be confirmed)

10.00 – 10.05

Opening Speech

Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng MP, UK Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

10.05 – 10.10


Chris Matheson, Member of Parliament for the City of Chester.

10.10 – 10.30

Keynote Speech

Rt Hon. Ed Miliband MP,  Shadow Secretary of State for Climate Change and Net Zero

10.30 – 10.45

Climate Emergency Achievements & Opportunities in Cheshire West & Chester

Councillor Louise Gittins, Cheshire West and Chester Council, Leader of the Council

10.45 – 11.00

Climate Emergency Achievements & Opportunities in Cheshire East

Councillor Sam Corcoran, Cheshire East Council, Leader of the Council

11.00 – 11.15

Opportunities in relation to the Industrial Decarbonisation Plan

Philip Cox, Cheshire & Warrington Local Enterprise Partnership, Chief Executive

11.15 – 11.30

Hynet Update & Progress

John Egan, Progressive Energy, North West Regional Lead

11.30 – 11.45

Decarbonising and the circular economy: a householder’s perspective

Householders will see transition happen via the electrification of transport and heat. But with 6.5 million people in fuel poverty, the challenge will be making heating homes affordable.

Garry Felgate, Chair and acting CEO Thermify and Advisor to Innovate UK

11.45 – 12.15

Speaker Panel: Society & Energy – encouraging Net Zero & Innovation

Louise Gittins, Sam Corcoran, Philip Cox, John Egan, Garry Felgate.
Chair: Steve Hughes, Chair, Chester Sustainability Forum

12.15 – 13.00


A chance to network, visit stands or Green Expo outside.

13.00 – 13.20

The Future of Gas in the Transition to Net Zero
Helen will be speaking about the replacement of natural gas with hydrogen and the hydrogen village trial launch in Cheshire

Helen Boyle, Cadent, Head of Regional Development (North West and West Midlands)

13.20 – 13.40

Industry: The Progress to Net Zero

Adrian Curry, Encirc, Managing Director

13.40 – 14.00

The Built Environment: Progress to Net Zero

Jane Gaston, Peel NRE, Development Director

14.00 – 14.20

Power Networks: The Progress to Net Zero

Dave Roberts, EA Technology, Commercial Director

14.20 – 14.40

Homes: Progress to Net Zero and challenge of older properties

Henry Brooks, Tatton Group, Managing Director

14.40 – 15.00

Transport: Has Hydrogen the Potential to Decarbonise Aviation?

Gareth Davis, Net Zero Consultant

15.00 – 15.25

Speaker Panel: Industry, Commerce & Energy – encouraging Net Zero & Innovation

Adrian Curry, Encirc, Managing Director
Jane Gaston, Peel NRE, Development Director
Dave Roberts, EA Technology, Commercial Director
Henry Brooks, Tatton Group, Managing Director
Steve Sankson, NatWest, Regional Director Corporate Banking & Regional Climate Lead.
Chair: Ged Barlow, Net Zero North West

15.25 – 15.40


A further chance to network or visit stands and Green Expo outside.

15.40 – 15.55

Adaptation and Resilience: Global Problems, local solutions – The Chester Sustainable Palm Oil City Project

Dr Simon Dowell, Chester Zoo, Conservation Science & Policy Director with Jen Kelly, Head of Sustainability and Faye Sherlock, Sustainable Communities Project Officer.

15.55 – 16.10

Natural Resources: The Progress to Net Zero

Charlie Steer, Grosvenor Farms, Arable Manager &
Matt Paget CME, CNG Services, Project Manager

16.10 – 16.25

Enabling a Green Future: the Educational Challenge & Skills Gap

Dr Rebecca Collins, University of Chester, Senior Lecturer in Human Geography 

16.25 – 16.35

Enabling a Green Future: Response to the challenge of the Educational & Skills Gap

Justin Madders MP, Co-Chair of the Coalition for HyNet North West & Shadow Minister for Business and Industrial Strategy/Future of Work

16.35 – 16.55

Speaker Panel: Learning, Nurturing & Growing

Charlie Steer, Grosvenor Farms, Matt Paget, CNG Services, Dr Rebecca Collins, University of Chester, Steve Hughes, Forest City Projects, Mike Hogg, Worshipful Company of Fuellers’ Charitable Trust Fund.

Chair: Prof Eunice Simmons, Vice Chancellor, University of Chester

16.55 – 17.00

Summary & Close

Chester Youth Climate Action Network (ChesterYouthCAN) leading into the next day’s Youth Conference

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