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Scotland's Inaugural ESG Innovation Conference, with live keynotes, workshops and exhibition

Thursday 20 June 2024
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

8:30am - 4:30pm
Free to attend (T&Cs apply)


The Summit

The Summit

The conference will focus on the role of digital technology in driving ESG impact; exploring how innovation in IoT, Analytics, AI and Cloud are helping to improve climate outcomes.


We will showcase examples from key sectors like construction, transport, financial services, and energy, to illustrate where technology is making industry smarter, greener, and more positive for people and the planet.


We will also examine how to mitigate the negative impact of IT. McKinsey estimates that enterprise technology emits between 350-400 megatons of CO2 equivalent gases, approximately 1% of total global emissions. The programme will consider actionable steps to address this and maximise the sustainability of the IT operation.


The Summit is geared for technologists, innovators, and C-level business leaders, and any practitioners working in an end-user role in sustainability, transformation, governance, regulation or social impact as part of their role.


Core Themes


Sustainable Innovation

New solutions to monitor and reduce climate impact


Carbon tracking, Waste Tech, Smart Buildings, Industrial IoT, Smart transport & logistics solutions, Smart Cities, Environmental Monitoring, People Engagement Tools.


Green IT

Tangible methods to reduce the environmental impact of IT


Sustainable ITAM and procurement, cloud migration, third party supply chain monitoring, end-user device management, user engagement and awareness.


Strategy & Governance

Internal process and

frameworks to maximise impact 


Monitoring and controls, circular principles and lifecycle visibility, forecasting, management and planning, ESG by design,

metrics and bench-marking.

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 The Venue 

The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.


The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer discounted on-site parking to attendees if you wish to drive and provide light refreshments throughout the day. 





The opening session will explore the role of technology in ESG improvement. We will examine both sides of the equation; considering how we can reduce the negative environmental impact of our technology estate, and exploring how technology can be positively harnessed in support of ESG ambitions, by helping to drive efficiency and reduce waste across the organisation.

09:15    Welcome and Introduction from the Conference Chair

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:25    The 2 Sides of Technology Impact: Maximising the Ups & Mitigating the Downs

Natalie Pullin, Head of Sustainability, HSBC Technology 

09:45    Think Bigger & Build Better with Green Design Principles

Sandra Pallier, Design Manager, Microsoft & Director, ClimateAction.Tech 

10:05    What We Learned from Benchmarking the CO2 Impact of Our Technology Estate 

Andrew Macintosh, Head: Office of the CETO, abrdn 

10:25    Combined Q&A

10:55    Refreshments & Networking


Session 2 will explore a series of key ESG topics in a longer presentation format. The session will be run in a breakout format across three parallel streams, providing delegates the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.

11:30    First Breakout Option 

12:00   Transition

12:10    Second Breakout Option 

Breakout Options Include:

Sustainable Innovation: UXR Principles for Ethical Behaviour Change

Nicola Dunlop, Lead User Researcher, NatWest

The Role of DLT in Empowering an Agricultural Renaissance

Greg McLardie, CEO & Founder, Two Hands

Improving Efficiency of Team Management to Reduce Operational Emissions

  • Ewan Baird, Digital Transformation Business Analyst, Stena Drilling 

  • Kevin Coll, CEO & Founder, Onboard Tracker

  • Graeme Gordon, CEO, IFB & Vice Chair ONE D&E

12:40    Lunch and Networking


Building on the themes from this morning, the afternoon session will focus on specific examples of innovation in action across a range of sectors and use cases. These examples will illustrate how technology like DLT & AI can be applied to drive transparency, behaviour change, efficiency, and socio-environmental impact. 

13:30    Breakout Selection

Breakout Options:

Leveraging Technology to Improve Sustainability in the Air Cargo Logistics Supply Chain

Steven Ritchie, SVP Information Technology, Air Menzies International 

Leveraging DLT to Improve ESG Tracking and Transparency

  • Vicky Byrom, CDO, Zumo

  • Martin Halford, CTO, Siccar

14:00    Transition to Plenary

14:05    Using AI for Sustainability and Impact 

Georgina Bulkeley, Director of Financial Services, Global Strategic Industries, Google Cloud

14:25    Delivering AI Products for Social Impact

Jude Webb, Head of Delivery, i.AI: Cabinet Office

14:45    Combined Q&A Panel

15:15     End of Session

15:20    Networking & Drinks Reception

16:30    Close of Conference


*The conference agenda is provisional and subject to change



DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest business technology community in Scotland. We host an extensive series of events focused on emerging technology and practical innovation. We also run Scotland's leading IT & Digital News Platform www.digit.fyi with over 50,000 page views per month.

The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore challenges, best practice, and business impact. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking and engagement.

You can contact us with any questions on events@digit.fyi


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