BusinessCloud has partnered with membership body pro-manchester for GreenTech Conference 2023 on Thursday 23rd March.

Greater Manchester is committed to becoming the world’s first zero carbon region by 2038. That huge ambition brings with it exciting opportunities for innovation, upskilling and economic growth.

pro-manchester’s GreenTech Conference will welcome a wide range of companies developing innovative new technologies to lower emissions, reduce our carbon footprint and improve our environment.

It will also hear from innovators, professional advisors, policymakers and training providers to understand how everyone can benefit from these developments. You can see the full itinerary for the event here.

BusinessCloud & TechBlast executive editor Chris Maguire will host a panel session entitled ‘Sustainable tech success stories’, which will hear from the companies rapidly scaling their sustainable tech offering.

No. 1 Circle Square, Oxford Road, Manchester M1 7ED

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Sustainable tech panel speakers

Sophie Walker, CEO, Dsposal

Dr Somayeh Taheri, CEO & founder, UrbanChain

Somayeh Taheri founded Manchester-based energy technology company UrbanChain in 2017. Using AI and blockchain technologies she has created a totally transparent renewable energy market which includes private companies from multiple sectors, generators of renewable energy, local authorities, social housing associations, manufacturers, energy suppliers and households. UrbanChain profiles consumption behaviours and production patterns and secures the best match between consumers and renewable energy generators. Consumers buy 100% local green energy and save up to 50% on energy bills. Renewable energy generators have no need to sell to intermediaries and intermediaries don’t then sell to the wholesale market. The result for generators of renewable energy is at least 25% better margins and more money earned in the medium to long term. Having been awarded £430k in funding from the Department for Energy Security & Net Zero in 2023, electric vehicle charging points and batteries will become part of UrbanChain’s market.


Sophie Walker, CEO & co-founder, Dsposal

Sophie Walker is the CEO and co-founder of Dsposal, an award-winning circular economy tech company which, along with its sister social enterprise Your Dsposal, demystifies the world of waste to empower people and organisations to make better decisions with their rubbish, recycling and resources through software, data and research. Born in Tamil Nadu, India, she spent her early years on rural development projects before moving to North Devon. Prior to founding the company in 2016 with her fiancé, Tom Passmore, Sophie gained a degree in Conflict Resolution from the University of Bradford, cycled 8,700 miles around North America and enjoyed a winding career encompassing logistics and supply chain, the food industry and sustainability.

Simon Roberts, founder & managing director, Heatio

Simon Roberts, founder & managing director, Heatio

With over 20 years of experience in the renewable energy sector, Simon Roberts has been a driving force in transitioning consumers to low-carbon technologies and environmentally friendly building solutions. Simon identified the need for a data-driven home energy improvement and technology optimisation solution. The Heatio Home Energy Management System combines smart meter data, discrete sensors, machine learning and artificial intelligence to deliver accurate forecasts of energy-saving improvements in both cost and carbon alongside ongoing connected monitoring and optimisation to maximise the benefits for both the consumer and energy networks.

Paul Myers, managing director, Farm Urban

Paul Myers, co-founder & managing director, Farm Urban

After getting his PhD in epigenetics, exploring how environmental factors can affect our DNA and in turn our health and wellbeing, Paul Myers met co-founder Dr Jens Thomas and shortly thereafter Farm Urban was born. Today Paul leads the business, building new stakeholder relationships, working with investors, increasing its impact and sharing its story.

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