West Midlands UKELA lunchtime seminar: exploring the path to net zero

Join us for a lunchtime seminar with West Midlands UKELA (online)



It was recently reported that   “A stable climate will only become achievable when net zero is not a press release but a business model”.
With only 12 years left to achieve the UK’s interim net zero target of 78% reduction in carbon (2035) with a zero target by 20250 our talk will consider the crucial role that businesses play in the UK being able to meet its net zero targets.  What are the advantages and disadvantages to business in achieving net zero and if the disadvantages to business outweigh the advantages how could it impact on the UK meeting its target of net zero by 2050?  The Paris Agreement established a global vision for a net zero economy in which warming is limited to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels but we are currently not on track to keep warming limited to1.5°C unless greenhouse gas emissions peak by 2025 and then fall by 43% by 2030. 

Join us for this lunchtime webinar, presented by West Midlands UKELA. Our speakers will also consider what we can expect from the new  Department for Energy Security and Net Zero (“DESNZ”) who recently  announced it will be seizing the opportunities of net zero to lead the world in new green industries and will  ensure the UK is on track to meet its legally binding Net Zero commitments.

Meet our speakers:

  • Claire Petricca-Riding, Head of Planning and Environment at Irwin Mitchell
  • Sally Redman, senior consultant at Landmark Information Group
  • Jill Reid, Director at Solid Surfacing Company Ltd


Clare Petricca
Claire is the Head of the Planning and Environment Team at Irwin Mitchell which consists of a team of 12 specialist planning and environmental lawyers. Claire’s current practice is split between environmental and planning matters across a range of sectors.  She is also Head of Irwin Mitchell’s national manufacturing group.  Claire was  named in the top 100 ‘Power list’ of influential environment advisers for 2022 by leading sustainability publication, The ENDS Report.  Her environmental practice includes advising on a wide range of environmental matters both contentious and non-contentious, renewable energy, net zero and ESG. Claire’s talk will include the legal and non-legal challenges for achieving net zero. 

Sally Redman
Sally is a senior consultant with over 10 years’ experience in environmental risk management and consultancy services, including Phase 1 Environmental Assessments and Phase 2 Ground Investigations. More recently, she has focused on helping Landmark Information Group towards reaching a Net Zero target, collating all data from the various businesses within the Group, and calculating the overall emissions for Scope 1, 2 and 3.  Sally’s talk will cover what net zero means, and the challenges faced when gathering the data and working towards net zero targets. 

Jill Reid 
Jill qualified as a solicitor with Wyre Forest District Council. She worked in private practice for Thursfields solicitors in Kidderminster between 1998 and 2001, where she practised employment and planning law. In 2001 she joined Rentokil Initial Facilities Services (UK) Ltd, part of the Rentokil Group,  where she practised employment and corporate law in the position of Legal Director. In 2012 following a short spell as a sole practitioner, she became a Director of the family business Solid Surfacing Company Ltd where she manages all HR, health and safety and compliance matters. Jill’s talk will cover the path towards net zero from her own business perspective. 

All are welcome to this free webinar. To book your place, please sign in or register and follow the prompts. Do not register again if you have already set up an account with us. 





30/03/2023 13:00 - 14:00
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