Rushlight Events


Doing Business and Enhancing Natural Capital

Postponed to Tuesday, 29 September 2020

5.30pm to 9pm

 Hosted by

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25 Moorgate, London EC2R 6AY


For much of the past, commerce has involved the destruction and exploitation of our planet’s natural capital.  Few industries or trades have not been responsible for polluting the air, land, sea or waterways; scarring the landscape; removing forests, meadows, hedgerows and peat lands; destroying the sea beds and sea life; or using limited natural resources.

This reduction in our natural capital, including not only raised carbon levels in the air, but also the destruction of natural carbon sinks and the habitat for wildlife and the degradation of the quality of the land and sea to support life, is estimated by WWF will cost £8trn by 2050 globally in financial terms.  So it is now known that the exploitation of the planet for business gain has both financial and environmental consequences (see WWF facts below).

This has at last led to the declaration of an ecological disaster by some and the realisation by commerce that, not only is business at any cost to nature totally unacceptable morally, but also it will result in a curtailment of business in the future and have serious consequences for the quality of human life for the next generations.  Now business is recognising that what is happening in the supply chain is vital and it is for business to take responsibility for it.

Just as large companies are now making targets and statements that their operations will achieve net zero goals by 2050 or before, some are looking to make good the damage that they have done.  That needs to include all of natural capital and not just carbon emissions.  The latest evolutions of the Environment Bill in UK Parliament will introduce a mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain requirement for planning approval and the new Agriculture Bill will look to reward environmental improvements in the farming sector.

There are a number of innovations, technologies and approaches that are being developed to support the transition from a natural resource consumption model to a natural capital enhancement model.  These include methods to monitor, measure and manage natural capital impacts; innovations that disrupt environmentally-expensive, legacy business practices; innovations and approaches that operate using existing available resources without impacting on the environment; and solutions that rebuild biodiversity as an integral part of their activities.

There are some businesses that are already changing their approach and this event is designed to identify those innovations, technologies and business practices that are being used, developed and being made available for others to follow suit.   There is now an opportunity for innovation and new technologies to displace current industrial methods which damage the environment and for ecological monitoring and measurement to help guide this evolution.  Change is happening, but that needs to be accelerated in the same way that decarbonisation is accelerating.

In view of the breadth of this issue, the effect that disruptors will have will be substantial.  This represents a significant opportunity for investors and financiers, advisers and consultants, cleantech companies with natural capital solutions, sustainability professionals and businesses in the vanguard of natural capital preservation and recovery.  This event is ideal for clean technology developers and companies that:

  • are developing bio-based products that can displace hydrocarbon-based ingredients
  • monitor, measure and manage ecological data
  • have developed business processes that already include ecological preservation, such as solar farms and biodiversity; the water industry and wetlands; the paper and wood industries and woodland
  • produce food with the minimum ecological impact
  • restore wetlands, salt marshes, sea grass, woodland, hedge rows, meadows, coral reefs, sea beds, forests and other natural habitats

Agenda – to follow

5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome – Andrew Bond, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction – Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm Keynote:

6.40pm Company presentations

Freddie Talberg, CEO, EMSOL

Kat Bruce, Founder, Nature Metrics Ltd

Mike Smyth, Operations Manager, Environmental Treatment Concepts Ltd

4 further companies finalising details

to a panel of experts consisting of:

Jonathan Shopley, Managing Director External Affairs, Natural Capital Partners

Jacqueline Wharton, Associate Director, Willis Towers Watson

DEFRA to confirm


Corporate biodiversity lead

7.30pm Panel discussion and Q&A

8.15pm Networking

9.30pm Close

Just to illustrate the degree of biodiversity loss we’re facing, here are some facts from WWF:

  • The rapid loss of species we are seeing today is estimated by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate.
  • These experts calculate that between 0.01 and 0.1% of all species will become extinct each year.
  • If the low estimate of the number of species out there is true – i.e. that there are around 2 million different species on our planet –  then that means between 200 and 2,000 extinctions occur every year.
  • But if the upper estimate of species numbers is true – that there are 100 million different species co-existing with us on our planet – then between 10,000 and 100,000 species are becoming extinct each year.

Unlike the mass extinction events of geological history, the current extinction challenge is one for which a single species – ours – appears to be almost wholly responsible.  This is often referred to as the 6th extinction crisis.

Who should attend?

This event is ideal for cleantech companies, technology developers, sustainability professionals, advisers and consultants, investors and financiers, media and other sector participants.


To register for this event click HERE in due course.

Please note that, once a booking has been made, either by online payment or by invoice request, the registration is not cancellable or refundable.  If you cannot attend on the day, you can transfer the registration to a colleague by just letting us know and we actively encourage you to do this if this occurs.


Jonathan Shopley – Natural Capital Partners

Jonathan Shopley is Managing Director at Natural Capital Partners with a focus on the company’s engagement with national and international climate policy development.  He joined the company, trading then as FutureForests, as CEO in 2001 to initiate its evolution to a leading international provider of services delivering positive impact for clients in the areas of climate, energy, water, and biodiversity.

He was one of the founders of the International Carbon Reduction and Offset Alliance and the UK’s first All Party Parliamentary Group on Climate Change; and is a board member of the International Emissions Trading Association.  He chairs a community renewable energy cooperative in the South of England.