EmpowerCymru — industry powerhouses gather for Wales’ first event dedicated to supporting the transition to net zero


Net Zero Industry Wales presents EmpowerCymru — an inspiring one-day event, that brings together industries, investors, public sector organisations and thought-leaders to discuss experiences and strategies to support Wales’ journey to net zero.

The event, which will take place on Monday 11 March between 10am and 4pm at Cardiff’s Parkgate Hotel, will be split into two sessions: ‘the journey so far’ and ‘the journey ahead.’ While the morning session will explore progress made to date, specifically within the South Wales Industrial Cluster, alongside real learnings and insight from industry, the afternoon session will drive discussions into barriers and opportunities affecting Welsh industry and, crucially, what support and investment is needed.

Interested in attending or want to find out more? Click here or read on for the full agenda and speaker line-up.


🌅 Morning Session: The Journey So Far:

Explores and celebrates the progress towards industrial decarbonisation in Wales, more specifically the South Wales Industrial Cluster.

Gain real insights and learnings from industry leaders and other private and public sector stakeholders that have been involved in the South Wales Industrial Cluster.

🍽️ Networking Lunch:

Connect with peers, exchange ideas, and build valuable partnerships.

🚀 Afternoon Session: The Journey Ahead:

Sets out Wales’ economic mission and the role that industrial decarbonisation plays in making Wales the country of choice for sustainable goods and services.

Explores what is needed to make the South Wales Industrial Cluster plan a reality.

Hear from the ‘Empower Panel’, chaired by sustainable economics advisor and former-BBC journalist, Sarah Dickins, to explore perspective from private and public sector stakeholders.

Engage in discussions on barriers and opportunities affecting Welsh industry, and what support/investment is needed to achieve net zero.

🍸 Networking Drinks:

Between 4.00pm and 5.30pm, delegates will have the opportunity to stay for a drinks reception immediately following the event – allowing for further discussion and networking.

Keynote speakers and talks:

  • Ben Burggraaf, Chief Executive Officer, Net Zero Industry Wales
  • Secretary of State for Wales, The Rt Hon David TC Davies MP
  • Andrew Slade, Director General Welsh Government
  • Michelle T. Davies, Global Sustainability Legal Services Leader, EY
  • Chris Lewis, Global Infrastructure Leader, EY
  • Dr Carol Bell, industry expert and investor (Research England – part of UKRI)
  • Tom Glover, RWE UK Country Chair
  • Simon Ames, Managing Director of Dragon Group
  • Richard Little, Pembroke Net Zero Centre Director of RWE
  • Ruth Herbert, CEO of CCSA
  • Sarah Jennings, Director of Communications, Customer and Commercial at NRW
  • Simon Willis, CEO of Heidelberg Materials
  • Sarah Dickins, Sustainable Economics Advisor as Chair.

Further speakers to be announced soon.

If you would like to attend, please click here.