What is this?

The event aims to bring together key stakeholders from national and local government, private sector investors and other bodies to discuss practical strategies for investing in net zero projects at the local level. Through focused discussions, case studies and panel sessions, participants will explore ways to bridge the gap between policy intentions and on-the-ground action, with a particular focus on providing finance, and identifying policy actions to accelerate project implementation. 


10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Welcome and Introductions

10:15 AM – 11:00 AM: Scene Setting and Case Studies – Lessons from London and Bristol 

11:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Workshop 1: Policy Context: What policy actions enable and accelerate implementation 

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM: Workshop 2: Financing Context: What conditions are required for finance to flow? 

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM: Presentation to a panel chaired by Greg Clark, Chair of 3Ci 

1:30 PM – 2:00 PM: Networking Lunch

When & Where:

Monday 24th June 2024

10 am – 2pm

In-person event: (invite only) London

Parliamentary Reception and Launch of 3Ci Net Zero Investment Task Force Report

What is this?

We know that with strong local leadership we can go faster and make progress to reach Net Zero by 2050 and place-based green growth. Stronger collaboration between local and national government, business, investors and communities will be vital to achieving this. This reception will bring together MPs, Peers, business, investors and our local and civic leaders to talk about scaling up Net Zero investment in neighbourhoods and communities across the UK.

Speakers will include:

  • Lord Martin Callanan, Minister of State for Energy Efficiency and Green Finance
  • Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, Shadow Shadow Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero
  • Alex Sobel MP, Chair, Net Zero APPG
  • Rt Hon Sir Alok Sharma MP, Former COP26 President
  • Kerry McCarthy MP, Shadow MInister for Climate Change
  • Alan Brown MP, Chair of PRASEG
  • Greg Clark CBE, Chair 3Ci & Connected Places Catapult
  • Catherine McGuinness CBE, Non-Executive Director of Connected Places Catapult

When & Where:

Tuesday 19th March 2024

4pm – 9pm

In-person event: House of Lords and House of Commons, London

3Ci Site Visit to Somers Town

3Ci Early Investor Procurement Model Workshop

What is this?

3Ci (Cities Commission for Climate Investment) is working in partnership with DLA Piper, and the The Sustainable Markets Initiative on developing a bespoke procurement model to enable early investor engagement with our net zero pipeline projects, to help progress them into investment propositions whilst adhering to current and future procurement legislation.

Join us for a workshop in April 2024 bringing together experts from 3Ci, DLA Piper, the Sustainable Markets Initiative, the investment community, and ‘pathfinder’ local authorities to explore the development of this ‘Early Investor Involvement’ procurement model which has the potential to facilitate investment into National Net Zero projects. 

If you are an investor or local authority eager to participate in shaping the future of sustainable investments, please contact zoe.jennings@cp.catapult.org.uk

When & Where:

15th April 2024

1 – 5pm

In-person event: London

3Ci at UKREIIF 2024

What is this?

This year, CPC is proud to host its own Pavilion—a space specifically designed to showcase real innovation, engage with thought leaders, and provide opportunities to connect with UK and global peers. The Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci) will have its own day on 22 May, and we welcome you to hear from City Leaders and investors.

3Ci supports local authorities in securing the necessary long-term finance to achieve net zero. Join us to find out how well investors and city leaders understand each other, and explore key investable projects from right around the country.

Make sure to visit the CPC Pavilion in Pavilion Square and we look forward to connecting with you in Leeds! 


14:00-14:40 “Net Zero finance: do city leaders and investors really understand each other?” Join us to find out how well investors and city-leaders understand each other and key investable projects.

15:00-15:40 “Net Zero – Dragons’ Den style: Join us for a fast-paced dragon’s den experience as 3Ci hosts Leeds and Sheffield Investment Pitches.  

16:00-16:40 “Net Zero – Dragons’ Den style: Join us for a fast-paced dragon den experience as 3Ci hosts Glasgow and Hounslow Investment Pitches.

16:45-17:30 “Meet the Leaders Networking Drinks” with keynote speaker, former Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees

Stop by for a drink and meet the investors and local authorities’ part of the Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci). 

When & Where:

Wednesday, May 22nd 2024

9.00am – 5.30pm

In-person event: Leeds

3Ci Site Visit to Somers Town

3Ci Site Visit to Somers Town

What is this?

Private sector members of 3Ci are invited to join us on a site visit to Somers Town in the London Borough of Camden to learn about the work the council are delivering (in partnership with Somers Town Community Association and Somers Town Neighbourhood Forum) on environmental and social projects in the local area. The visit will feature a range of initiatives including Somers Town Energy, retrofitting and climate resilience infrastructure. Somers Town has received funding from the Mayor of London’s office as one of the ‘Future Neighbourhoods 2030’ to help support a green recovery from the pandemic and a fair and just transition to net zero. 

3Ci members and invited guests will be guided by colleagues from London Borough of Camden.

Contact Ian Binns for more information.

This event is the second in a series for our private sector members with key decision makers.

When & Where:

Thursday, March 26th 2024

10am – 12.30pm

In-person event: Camden

London Regional Investor Event: Accelerating Finance for Net Zero Projects

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Agenda Overview

09:00 Registration & networking

10:00 Part I – London’s NetZero Future

11:15 Networking break

11:45 Part II – Working together to Finance our Net Zero Future

13:25 Networking lunch

14:25 Part III – Shaping Bankable Local Net Zero Projects

Thematic Workshops (running concurrently)
Session A: Building Investment in Net Zero Projects – Renewable Energy
Session B: Building Investment in Net Zero Projects – Domestic & Commercial Retrofit
Session C: Building Investment in Net Zero Projects – Multi-Asset Projects

15:55 Networking break

16:25 Part IV – The Future of Net Zero in London

17:00 Networking drinks reception

19:00 Event closes

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3Ci at COP28

Are you going to be at COP28?

City leaders from Glasgow, Bristol, and the City of London, along with investors and finance experts, will gather to discuss the essential role of private sector investment in achieving ambitious decarbonisation goals and fostering a just transition.The session will explore pragmatic initiatives that unite cities and investors, addressing challenges in securing investment through innovative financing, scale and replicability. The KPMG Net Zero Urban Program and the UK’s Cities Commission for Climate Investment (3Ci) will share insights from their collaboration on Net Zero Neighbourhoods, a pioneering integrated finance model that has garnered interest from investors.Over 40 UK cities have submitted Net Zero Neighbourhood proposals to 3Ci, demonstrating the collective ambition of UK cities. The Mayor of Bristol and Leader of Glasgow will discuss challenges and opportunities in their NZN proposals, shedding light on successful models like Bristol City Leap and the Glasgow Greenprint.This is not just a presentation; it’s an invitation for participants to provide valuable insights and feedback. Help take Net Zero Neighbourhood proposals from a business case to delivery by COP29 and accelerate the scale and replication of other innovative models.

Save the date, register through the KPMG COP28 Agenda https://lnkd.in/evjaH7Qn, and be part of the conversation shaping the future of decarbonized cities!

Please let us know if you are interested in staying on for a further smaller group discussion straight after to get more into the detail over refreshments! shelley.nania@cp.catapult.org.uk

When & Where:

Tuesday, December 5th 2023

14.00 – 14.45 UAE Time

In-person event: United Arab Emirates

3Ci Roundtable with Mayor of Bristol, Marvin Rees.

What is this?

Marvin Rees became Mayor of Bristol in 2016 following a career working for international NGOs, journalism and the NHS on a variety of social issues. He completed his first Master’s in Political Theory and Government, and a second in Global Economic Development and had a number of public appointments including the National Community Forum, became a Yale World Fellow and co-founded the City Leadership Programme.

Marvin will be joined by Stephen Peacock, Chief Executive of Bristol City Council, and will be discussing the Net Zero achievements in the city such as Bristol City Leap, and how cities and industry can work together in future to achieve shared aims. The roundtable will include a light lunch and is for one senior representative per member.

Contact Ian Binns for more information.


This roundtable is the first in a series for our private sector members with key decision makers.

When & Where:

Thursday, February 8th 2024

12 – 2pm

In-person event: London

Connected Places Summit 2024

What is this?

The event will bring together key players from across technology, transport, mobility, cities, academia, and government. 

NB: Local and national government, investors and C-Suite enterprise/large corporates, all attend on a complementary basis.  


3Ci at Connected Places Summit, 20 March 2024, London 22 Bishopsgate 

13:30 Chair’s Welcome  

Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, 3Ci  

13:40 – 14:00 Keynote: Financing the Net Zero 2030 Challenge 

An overview of the opportunities and challenges in financing the Net Zero transition. 

14:00 – 14:30 Panel Discussion: Reflections on Progress and Challenges  

Highlights of the progress which 3Ci has made towards meeting the financing of Net Zero and the opportunities and challenges which lie ahead. The audience will be engaged in a discussion through Q&A.  

Moderator: Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, 3Ci 

Keith Bottomley, Deputy Policy Chairman, City of London Corporation  

Cllr Georgia Gould 

Erika Lewis, Chief Executive Officer, Connected Places Catapult

14:30 – 15:00 Investing in Net Zero Neighbourhoods  

Reflections of the work being undertaken by 3Ci’s Net Zero Investment Task Force  

Dr Bevis Watts, Chief Executive Officer, Triodos Bank  

Lorna Pimlott, Managing Director, UK Infrastructure Bank   

Stephen Peacock, CEO, Bristol City Council 

Moderator: Catherine McGuinness CBE, Non-Executive Director, Connected Places Catapult 

15:00 – 15:30 Break  

15:30 – 16:50 City Pitches: Proposals for Net Zero Neighbourhoods  

A series of short 15-minute pitches from 4 local authorities on their proposals for establishing Net Zero neighbourhoods based on the 3Ci model. Investors will have the opportunity to deep dive into each proposal and ask questions.  

Moderator: Steve Turner, Managing Director, 3Ci

1. Rose Hill Net Zero Neighbourhood, Oxford

2. Somers Town Net Zero Neighbourhood, Camden

Richard Bradbury, Director of Environment and Sustainability, Camden Borough Council   

3. Chelmsley Wood Net Zero Neighbourhood, Solihull

Ann Marie Attfield, Group Manager- Climate Change and Sustainability, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council 

4. Arsenal Net Zero Neighbourhood, Islington

Stephen Biggs, Corporate Director for Community Wealth Building, Islington Council  

Karen Smart, Chief Operating Officer, Arsenal Football Club  

Matthew Brewster, Director of Estates, London Metropolitan University 

16:45 – 16:50 Closing Remarks  

Prof Greg Clark CBE, Chair, 3Ci 

16:50 – 17:30 Day One Knowledge Exchange (In Bishopsgate Forum) 

Rt Hon Chris Skidmore OBE, Chair, Mission Zero Report, and former UK Energy Minister   

17:30 – 19:30 Drinks Reception

When & Where:

Wednesday, March 20th 2024

9.30am – 5.30pm

In-person event: Convene, 22 Bishopsgate, London EC2N 4BQ

3Ci North East and Yorkshire Regional Investment Forum

For the full agenda and speaker information, please click here

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. 

Tracy 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 Cook, Chief Officer Climate, Energy and Green Spaces, Leeds City Council  

Richard Rothwell, Leeds Building Society 

Chris Dunbar, Director Public-Private Partnerships and Infrastructure Advisory, KPMG UK 

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

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

Lorna Pimlott, Managing Director, Local Authority Advisory and Lending, UKIB  

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, 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 – Renewable Energy 

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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