London, 2nd September 2022 – On 24 and 25 May 2023, the climate and cleantech congress, Innovation Zero, will hold its inaugural event, bringing together businesses, investors, policymakers, academics and innovators seeking to scale the commercialisation of decarbonisation solutions and technologies. Chaired by former International Trade Secretary, The Rt Hon. Dr Liam Fox MP, the inaugural congress will take place in London’s Olympia Grand Hall, one of the city’s major exhibition centres with a strong heritage of sustainability, located in West Kensington, London.
Innovation Zero aims to accelerate partnerships, dealmaking and collaborations between those developing and producing low carbon innovations and those who need to deploy or want to fund them. The event will act as a catalyst for investment in innovation and drive private and public sector cooperation in tackling the environmental crisis confronting our planet.
With the ever-growing climate emergency permeating all aspects of private and public life, deployable technology solutions and companies are attracting significant investment. Global funds in the sector increased over 200% year-on-year in 2021, the same year that investment in clean energy infrastructure overtook that of traditional infrastructure.
Collaborating with Dr Fox, Innovation Zero will showcase low carbon solutions and innovations applicable to multiple sectors, including energy, automotive, built environment, land and agriculture, industrials, manufacturing, data, and professional services to 10,000 attendees. Key event themes will include updates from nations and regions on policy and sector priorities, views from Big Tech, stories and case studies from current and future unicorns, funds and corporate innovation and perspectives from private equity, venture capital, and long-term investors.
As a catalyst for progress, Innovation Zero will feature product launches, partnership announcements and research commitments. The event will generate a manifesto for change, which will see businesses, investors and policymakers commit to a shared vision of the future and how cleantech can have a comprehensive impact on the climate crisis.
Dr Fox’s extensive experience in promoting international cooperation & collaboration from both his time leading the Department for International Trade, and also from his time as Secretary of State for Defence aligns with the congress’s ethos and its aim in connecting British enterprise with global investment, trade authorities and policymakers.
James Ashwood, co-founder of Innovation Zero, commented: “We are thrilled to announce the inaugural Innovation Zero CleanTech Congress in May of next year. The climate crisis and its impact on our planet requires a concerted and united effort to invest in innovation before it is too late. In this context, Innovation Zero will provide a fantastic platform for British businesses at the cutting edge of technology to showcase their solutions for a sustainable future. Bringing private enterprise together with the public sector is the only way a crisis of this magnitude can be overcome, and we are looking forward to the beneficial impact Innovation Zero will have on the UK’s leadership in tackling climate change.”
Dr Liam Fox MP added: “I am delighted to Chair Innovation Zero in 2023. Technology is at the forefront of our mission to solve the climate emergency and the UK’s world-leading businesses, institutions and innovators can demonstrate the leadership and collaboration needed to protect our planet. Trade and investment will be crucial to accelerate the clean technology revolution and Innovation Zero will provide the perfect platform to bring businesses, investors, policymakers and overseas trade delegations together. I have seen throughout my career how much positive momentum collaboration and public-private partnerships can generate and I am confident that this synergy is the best way to tackle a crisis of this magnitude.”