Exeter Science Park’s First Net Zero Carbon Conference

October 11, 2022


The organisation’s first Net Zero Carbon Conference, staged in partnership with the University of Exeter, attracted delegates, entrepreneurs, investors, and speakers from across the south west.

The conference focused on five of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals which are an urgent call for action by all countries – developed and developing – in a global partnership.

Sally Basker, chief executive of Exeter Science Park, said the event had been thought-provoking and stimulating.

She added: “Our speakers, who came from a range of diverse businesses and organisations, did not shy away from the challenges we are all facing in our mission to net zero. But what was particularly inspiring was hearing about the amazing work which is being done both here at the Science Park and right across the region; whether that is Exeter College training young people in retrofitting, or the importance of trees in our built environment.

“It was particularly rewarding to hear delegates and speakers discussing ideas and ways to collaborate in the future. We’re grateful to all of our speakers who gave up their time to be part of this conference and ensured it was a successful event.”

Delegates heard from a range of speakers who spoke about the following topics:

  • Decent Work & Economic Growth
  • Climate Action and Life on Land
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Affordable and Clean Energy
  • Responsible Consumption & Production

Representatives from Exeter City Council, Devon County Council and East Devon District Council all spoke about their respective council’s plans to get to net zero.

Following the talks, delegates and speakers were invited to tour the Science Park’s latest building, the George Parker Bidder building, which is Net Carbon Zero for operational energy and to visit a display from Co-Bikes and Co-Cars.

You can download speaker presentations from the event by following this link: