3Ci North East and Yorkshire Regional Investment Forum

3Ci – Cities Commission for Climate Investment – is a partnership founded by Connected Places Catapult, Core Cities UK, and London Councils, and has since been expanded to include the Scottish Cities Alliance and Key Cities. Collectively, this is a coalition of over 40 of the UK’s largest cities working together with the wider local government sector and the M10 mayoral group to develop innovative approaches to securing private investment into place-based Net Zero delivery.   

It is actively supported by HM Government, including HM Treasury and the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero as well as Innovate UK, the Local Government Association (LGA), the UK Infrastructure Bank (UKIB), and an increasing number of major businesses across finance, investment, built environment, and engineering sectors. 

Our aim is to ensure that urban investment plays a critical role in delivering the UK’s ambitious net zero commitment, city by city and neighbourhood by neighbourhood. 

This event is delivered in collaboration and partnership with West Yorkshire Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub, North of Tyne Combined Authority, and the City of London. 

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What is this?

For local authority professionals, the event offers the opportunity to understand the ways local net zero projects attract investment, and how 3Ci, West Yorkshire Combined Authority, South Yorkshire Combined Authority, North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub and the City of London are collaborating to advance these projects for financing, and how this connects to wider national collaborations and policy frameworks. 

For investors, the event offers insight into local authority projects and open a dialogue to ensure the right investment decisions are factored into both local projects and regional programmes.

For professionals in business and national government, the event provides a chance to understand the opportunities that can be unlocked through net zero and help shape the agenda by sharing their priorities and challenges.



When & Where:

Wednesday, January 31st 2024

9.00am - 2.30pm

In-person event: Aspire, 2 Infirmary Street Leeds LS1 2JP
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Agenda Overview

09:00 – 09:30 Registration & Welcome Coffee 

09:30 – 09:40   Chair’s Opening Remarks 

Chair: Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult and Chair 3Ci 

09:40 – 10.10 Mayoral Perspectives from West and South Yorkshire  

Insightful opening discussion between West Yorkshire Combined Authority and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority as an example of leadership in the region. This session will showcase how South and West Yorkshire is driving sustainable change at the local level, all in pursuit of the region’s net zero ambitions, through their collaborative work. A unique opportunity to gain insights into the comprehensive approach taken to accelerate net zero and witness the dedication of leadership to a greener future. 

Tracey Brabin, Mayor of West Yorkshire Combined Authority 

Oliver Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire Combined Authority 

Moderator: Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult and Chair 3Ci 

10:10 – 10:50 Local Experiences of Public-Private Financing of Net Zero Programmes 

This panel discussion and Q&A brings investors into dialogue with regional leaders to showcase the powerful ways in which these organisations are working together towards a net-zero future for local places in the North East and Yorkshire. The panellists will discuss the challenges they have faced, action they are taking, and the upcoming initiatives to help reduce carbon emissions and mobilise capital. They will also highlight the importance of collaboration and the power of partnerships in driving change at scale. 

Emma Fletcher, Low Carbon homes Director, Octopus Energy 

Polly Cooke, Chief Climate Officer, Leeds City Council

Moderator: Kate Chair: Kate Josephs, Chief Executive, Sheffield City Council and Co-Chair, 3Ci Steering Group 

10:50 – 11:10 Presentation & Q&A: Net Zero Investment Opportunities   

Moderator: Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult and Chair 3Ci 

11:10 – 11:30 Coffee Break   

11:30 – 11:40 Crown Commercial Services Presentation – procurement routes 

Phillip Hodgson and Fiona Paton, Crown Commercial Services 

11:40 – 11:50 North East and Net Zero Hub – Regional opportunities 

Karen Oliver-Spry – Perspective and showcasing of projects from the Hub 

11:50 – 13:15 Workshops: Shaping Bankable Local Net Zero Projects  

Local authorities are set to showcase their net zero project development through a series of work-in-progress case studies, which will be presented to a broad audience. These projects are at different stages of maturity, ranging from early-stage proposals to more developed and advanced initiatives. The aim of the presentations is to share and workshop emerging new financial models, and to stimulate a broader discussion of the gaps, barriers, and opportunities for funding innovation for Local Net Zero.  

Investors invited to join small panels at each workshop will respond directly to the presentations, giving advice and strategic input on how local authorities can shape the next stage of their work to progress and scale investable models. Through this we hope to encourage wider dialogue on the potential for new blended finance models to accelerate Net Zero transformation. 

Session A – Building Investment in Net Zero Projects – Heat Networks 

Chair: Karen Oliver-Spry, North East and Yorkshire Net Zero Hub Manager 

Session B – Building Investment in Net Zero Projects – Domestic and Commercial Retrofit 

Chair: George Mansbridge, North of Tyne Combined Authority 

13:15 – 13:30 Reflections & Next Steps    

Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, Connected Places Catapult and Chair 3Ci 

13:30 – 14:30 Networking Lunch 

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