Innovation Zero Conference: Driving Sustainable Transformation in the UK Conference Report – A Personal View


The Innovation Zero conference, held at London Olympia on 24th and 25th May 2023, marked the beginning of a new era in the UK’s pursuit of low-carbon transformation and sustainable leadership.  This flagship event brought together policymakers, influencers, innovators, and funders from various sectors, all focused on shaping the future of energy, built environment, industry, transport, finance, and data.  As a micro company dedicated to promoting the United Nations’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals, What Can You Do (Earth) CIC eagerly attended the conference to explore opportunities aligned with their own sustainability ambitions.


A Worthwhile Investment:

Despite some concerns, the two-day conference proved to be a valuable investment of time.  The event showcased significant interest in the “sustainability space” from both large corporations and small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).  Encouragingly, the UK Government demonstrated its commitment by providing support (“carrot”) and considering necessary regulations (“stick”), such as mandating ESG reporting for businesses.


Challenges and Opportunities:

While the conference presented a multitude of opportunities, the urgent message from climate scientists painted a grim reality.  According to their projections, the World has a maximum of seven years to drastically reduce global emissions before climate change becomes unmanageable.  This sobering fact holds profound implications for the built environment and calls for immediate action.

At the conference, numerous SME start-ups showcased data services that leverage sustainability-focused datasets, offering climate trends analysis, carbon footprint evaluations, and ESG compliance frameworks.  However, a persistent challenge remains; the verification of corporate frameworks based on unvalidated input data.  Additionally, the emergence of organisations selling carbon credits to offset carbon footprints raises questions about the authenticity of such initiatives.  Ensuring that these solutions are backed by rigorous sustainability standards, such as ISO 14001 Environmental Management and Scope 3 Emissions, could help combat greenwashing and provide clarity in the pursuit of sustainability.


Funding and Career Opportunities:

For SMEs seeking investment, the conference provided valuable insights into potential funding sources.  Platforms like Grantify Funding Simplified, Green Finance Institute, and Global Action Plan Charity presented opportunities for financial support.  The conference also emphasised the importance of engaging young social media influencers to amplify sustainability ideas and drive meaningful change.

The message was clear: for those aspiring to build a successful career, being active in the sustainability space is essential, as it presents abundant job prospects.



The inaugural Innovation Zero conference exemplified the UK’s commitment to sustainable transformation and leadership in the face of climate change.  The event underscored the significance of collaboration among policymakers, innovators, influencers, and funders from diverse sectors to drive impactful change.  Despite the pressing challenges ahead, the conference instilled hope and provided a platform for organisations like What Can You Do (Earth) CIC to contribute to the global mission of achieving the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.





John Stuchbery

CEO / Technical Director

What Can You Do (Earth) CIC

Embracing Innovation for a Zero-Carbon Future – The Innovation Zero Congress

The countdown has begun for the highly anticipated Innovation Zero Congress, set to take place at London Olympia on 24 & 25 May 2023.  As sustainability enthusiasts and advocates of a zero-carbon future, we at What Can You Do (Earth) CIC couldn’t be more excited about this ground-breaking event.  In this blog, we invite you to join us as we explore the importance of innovation in tackling climate change and highlight the key reasons why attending the Innovation Zero Congress is a must for anyone passionate about a sustainable world.

  • Embracing the Power of Innovation:

Innovation has the potential to reshape our future and pave the way for a zero-carbon society.  The Innovation Zero Congress is an exceptional platform that brings together leading minds, pioneers, and innovators from various industries to share insights, exchange ideas, and showcase ground-breaking solutions.  By attending, you’ll have the opportunity to witness first-hand how innovation is transforming the sustainability landscape and discover new approaches to address climate challenges.

  • Collaborative Learning and Networking:

The Innovation Zero Congress is not just a conference; it’s a collaborative hub that fosters networking and knowledge sharing.  Engage in meaningful conversations with like-minded individuals, industry experts, and sustainability influencers.  Discover emerging trends, explore innovative technologies, and gain valuable insights from those at the forefront of sustainable innovation.  Forge connections that can fuel your own sustainability initiatives and open doors for future collaborations.

  • Inspiring Keynote Speakers:

The line-up of keynote speakers at the Innovation Zero Congress is nothing short of exceptional.  Renowned visionaries, thought leaders, and change-makers will take the stage to share their experiences, challenges, and success stories.  Gain inspiration from their journeys, learn from their expertise, and be empowered to take action in your own sphere of influence.  These captivating talks will leave you motivated and equipped with fresh perspectives to drive change.

  • Showcasing Cutting-Edge Solutions:

One of the highlights of the Innovation Zero Congress is the exhibition area, where pioneering companies and organizations showcase their sustainable innovations.  From renewable energy solutions and smart technologies to circular economy initiatives and sustainable practices, the exhibition offers a glimpse into the future of sustainability.  Explore interactive displays, engage with exhibitors, and discover innovative products and services that can shape your own sustainability journey.

  • Building a Supportive Community:

Attending the Innovation Zero Congress provides an opportunity to connect with a supportive community of change-makers.  Surround yourself with individuals who share your passion for a sustainable world and be part of a network that can offer guidance, collaboration, and ongoing support.  Together, we can amplify our collective impact and drive the transition towards a zero-carbon future.


The Innovation Zero Congress is set to be an event that will inspire, educate, and empower. As advocates of sustainability and drivers of positive change, we at What Can You Do (Earth) CIC strongly encourage you to join us at this ground-breaking event.  Let’s come together, share ideas, embrace innovation, and contribute to building a future where zero-carbon solutions are the norm.  Together, we can make a difference.

Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity. Register now for the Innovation Zero Congress at  We look forward to seeing / meeting you there!