Hotel owners, investors and developers, will gather at inaugural Energy & Environment Alliance Summit to discuss ESG investment and Net Zero Carbon
The Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA), a not-for-profit coalition of hospitality leaders and renowned experts, that is pioneering the first universal, scientifically robust standards for sustainable design, construction and management of hotels and apart hotels, will be holding its inaugural Summit on Tuesday, 22nd February 2022, hosted by Al-karim Nathoo, 4C Hotels and held at the new Westin Hotel, London City.
The event programme will be headlined by Lord Deben, Chairman of the Climate Change Committee, who was Conservative Party Chairman from 1983 to 1985 and Secretary of State for the Environment from 1993 to 1997.
At the conference, EEA members, comprising hotel owners, asset managers and investors, will meet to discuss investment in Net Zero Carbon (NZC) projects, Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) leadership in the hotel industry and the latest innovations.
The event’s mission is threefold:
1) Review considerations critical to strategic CAPEX and OPEX decisions: including the regulatory context, legal and governance requirements, and technological developments in NZC and ESG.
2) Facilitate access to capital, both equity and debt, to drive NZC and ESG investment in hotel and apart hotel assets.
3) Instigate action: by facilitating meaningful networking between institutional investors, lenders, experts, and asset managers.
During the six conference sessions, the speakers will analyse strategies to mitigate NZC/ESG risk, future-proof projects and drive greater returns on sustainable investment.
Methodologies to setting common standards and metrics, which are scientifically robust and commercially sustainable, will also be discussed.
The event’s speakers include:
- Rt Hon John Gummer, Lord Deben, Chairman, Climate Change Committee
- Al-karim Nathoo, Managing Director, 4C Hotels
- Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, Energy and Environment Alliance (EEA)
- Hadrian Beltrametti-Walker, Executive VP & General Counsel, Kempinski
- Imran Bhatia, General Counsel, Norlake Hospitality
- Xander de Buena Mesquita, Director, Treating Life Well
- Leo Carrington, Head of Travel & Leisure Research (Europe), Credit Suisse
- Elizabeth Davies, Head of Real Estate Finance, Hotels at HSBC UK Bank plc
- Frazer Durris, CEO, Businesswise Solutions
- James Fisher, Strategic Leadership Lead – Real Estate, BRE Group
- Paul George, Commercial Manager- EV & Infrastructure, Drax
- Shamir Ghumra, Head of Building Performance Services, BREEAM
- Robert Godwin, Managing Director, Lamington Group
- Paul Howarth, Director, NBM
- Victoria Kachel, General Counsel, Yotel
- Maximillian Kufer, Head of ESG, Invesco
- Tiffany Kelly, Co-Founder, Beyond Bamboo
- Tony Matharu, Chair/CEO, Blue Orchid Hotels
- Nadia Milligan, Chair, General Counsels Committee, EEA
- Munira Nathoo, Director, 4C Hotels
- Armando Raish, Creative Director, City Air tech
- Chris Stevens, Project Design Manager, Quintex
- Alice Strevens, Chief Purpose Officer, Shiva
- Kelli Turner, General Counsel, Village Hotels
- Peter Till, Chairman, EEA
- Rekha Toora, Senior Vice President, JLL Capital Markets
- John Vickers, CEO, Blue Abyss
Ufi Ibrahim, CEO, EEA, said: “Capital flows into sustainable investments are accelerating at light-speed.
“So, all hotel asset classes without scientifically robust and commercially viable Net Zero Carbon and ESG strategies face serious transition risk.
“Furthermore, increased regulatory compliance and governance demands will shed light on the new leaders, the laggards and the greenwashers of our industry.
“Working with BREEAM, the world’s most impartial and reputable sustainability assessment scheme for the built environment, EEA members are defining the terms of the new order and setting common global standards.
“This is an unprecedented undertaking. So, it is our intention that this Summit helps to inform our work, and at the same time, informs our members’ strategic CAPEX and OPEX decisions in the here and now.”
For more information about the conference, please visit: https://www.eea.international/events/
To download the full programme and speakers’ bios, click here.
City Air Technologies to partner with the
Energy & Environment Alliance
City Air Technologies (CAT), the company which amplifies the power of plants to purify the air, has joined forces with the Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA).
Working together to cut CO2 emission levels and improve air quality, CAT will also advise the EEA and BREEAM on their programme to develop the world’s most scientifically robust net zero carbon pathways and global ESG standards for Hotel and Apart Hotel assets.
At the forthcoming EEA Inaugural conference on 22 February 2022, CAT will unveil their air purifying planters on stage, setting the scene for the hospitality industry’s first conference dedicated to ESG and net zero carbon strategy and delivery.
The pioneering, nature powered backdrop to the stage is expected to complement the living wall which resides in the lobby of the venue, the Westin Hotel, London, owned by 4C Hotel Group.
The EEA is a not-for-profit coalition of hospitality sector leaders and renowned experts from around the world.
Working with BREEAM, the EEA is developing the world’s most reputable and rigorous sustainability assessment scheme for Hotel and Apart Hotel assets and operational performance.
The scheme is heralded for its tough approach to ensuring regulatory compliance and to mitigating transition and climate-related risk.
The EEA also works with global law firms and General Counsels of the industry, to build the industry’s first legal repository, model clauses and “ESG-proof” contracts, and legal agreements.
EEA Chief Executive, Ufi Ibrahim, said: “We are delighted that we have joined forces with CAT. Its clever approach to improving air quality, by harnessing the natural power of plants to remove more than 99.5% of airborne particles, including viruses, allergens, and bacteria is just the kind of new technology we need to encourage.
“Plants or living walls can do more than purify the air; they are also helpful in reducing energy consumption, regulating temperature and absorbing noise.”
Armando Raish and Robert Stoutzker, Joint Founders of CAT, said: “We share the EEA’s ambition to help the hospitality industry get to net zero carbon and we admire its approach, which is to focus on solutions that are both intellectually rigorous and commercially sustainable.
“That way, we will see genuine progress rather than vacuous greenwashing.”
About the Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA)
The Energy & Environment Alliance (EEA) is not-for-profit coalition of hospitality sector leaders, which is on a mission is to:
- Pioneer the first universal, scientifically robust standards and metrics for sustainable design, construction and management of hotels and other hospitality assets
- Initiate access to green finance, sustainability backed loans and improve asset values
- Obtain energy at low cost and carbon free
- Negate climate related risks and lead on environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices
- ESG-proof legal agreements, corporate disclosure, and governance statements
- Engage local authorities, government, and international institutions to ensure effective and fair legislation
- Radiate innovation, know-how and best practice
For more information, please visit www.EEA.International
About City Air Technologies (CAT)
CAT specialises in harnessing the power of plants to purify the air through a biological process. This innovation includes technologically advanced smart planters and sensors, that allows for remote monitoring and control.
For more information, please visit https://cityairtech.com