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BY Mark Westwood | Tuesday 19 October 2021

Humber business leaders coming together to discuss sustainable development of the built environment

Business leaders from across the Humber region will come together later this week to discuss a collaborative approach to the sustainable development of the built environment.

‘The Regeneration Game’, being held on Friday at the University of Hull's Aura Innovation Centre, is part of this week's Waterline Summit, which aims to demonstrate how we all have a part to play in the race to net-zero.

The session will be hosted by John Till, the director and founder of thinkingplace, a "branding, place marketing and place making specialist".

Speakers include:

  • Tom Bridges (Arup Group)
  • Valentine Quinio (Centre for Cities)
  • Alex Codd (Hull City Council)
  • Cameron Wood (Shared Agenda)
  • Lizzie Wilkinson (Groupe Atlantic UK & ROI)

Mr Codd, the council's Assistant Director of Economic Development and Regeneration, will offer an insight into how the local authority is positioning itself at the forefront of the national response to climate change and working with partners to tackle the impact of climate change in our local area through the Hull 2030 Carbon Neutral Strategy.

‘The Regeneration Game’ is taking place on Friday from 8.30am to 10.30am (virtual event starts at 9am), at the Aura Innovation Centre in Bridgehead Business Park off Boothferry Road, Hessle. To register your place click here.

The Waterline Summit 2021

This year's Waterline Summit, which runs until Friday, focuses on connecting the Humber and its multi-billion-pound projects to the forthcoming COP26 climate change conference and beyond.

Yesterday's launch event was streamed live from Hull City Hall and hosted by former BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin.

Mrs Minchin said: “You only have to have caught the briefest glimpse of the news headlines over the past few months to get an insight into the impact that our climate is having across the world – devastating wildfires in California, catastrophic flash floods in Germany and deadly heatwaves across Europe, to name a few.

“It seems timely that these events have happened just as the world’s political and business leaders prepare to descend on Glasgow in November for arguably the most important climate talks since the Paris Agreement in 2015. COP26 will be an opportunity to make real change.

“I’m delighted that the Humber is using this moment to take a hard look at the region’s role in carbon emissions and examine how it can move towards a zero carbon economy.”

Each day of the summit has a different theme:

  • Monday Oct 18: The Waterline Summit Launch Day (sponsored by Event Partners)
  • Tuesday Oct 19: Energy Transition Day (sponsored by Humber Zero)
  • Wednesday Oct 20: Clean Road Transport Day (sponsored by Phillips 66)
  • Thursday Oct 21: Adaptation & Resilience Day (sponsored by Living with Water)
  • Friday Oct 22: Cities & Built Environment Day (sponsored by Hull City Council)

The summit opened with the unveiling of the new film “Eyes on the Humber”, which documents the critical role the region has to play globally in the climate change challenge.

Commissioned by Marketing Humber, the film provides two contrasting views of how the world could look in the year 2122 – a devastating outlook if urgent and significant action is not taken, and a positive future for generations to come if it is.

The film will be given a showcase for world leaders at the COP26 conference in Glasgow, which runs from October 31 to November 12.

To find out more about the summit, or register your place for the events, visit The Waterline.