Landmark climate festival launched in London’s Fleet Street Quarter to help local businesses create blueprint for a net zero future


Fleet Street Quarter, the Business Improvement District for the City of London’s Fleet Street area, covering 43 hectares on the western side of the City, is launching a Climate Festival to help businesses in the area accelerate their efforts to transition to net zero.

The Festival is the first of its kind locally and will take place on Tuesday 25th and Wednesday 26th June, 2024, as part of the London Climate Action Week agenda.

Comprising a series of high-level debates, networking, and cultural events, the Festival’s overarching theme is, creating a blueprint for a more sustainable future.

Across the two days, more than 20 senior leaders in the sustainability, property, finance, media and legal sectors, from across the Fleet Street Quarter area and beyond, will share their insights and opinions on some of the most pressing challenges and opportunities facing business as it seeks to forge a plan for delivering a decarbonised model for the future.

Speakers will include:

Alison Gowman, Member Lead for Climate Action at the City Corporation and Chair of Livery Climate Action Group
Charlie Ogilvie, previously Director of Strategy for COP26 at the UK Cabinet Office
Chris Skidmore, former energy minister and author of The Net Zero Review
Heather Buchanan, CEO, Bankers for Net Zero
Martha Grekos, City of London Alderwoman and planning and environmental law Barrister

To view all the speakers and book a place, see here for the full programme.

The events will be hosted across the Fleet Street Quarter BID district’s developments and businesses.

Lady Lucy French OBE, CEO, Fleet Street Quarter said: “The Fleet Street Quarter area has been evolving for over 2000 years, during which time it has faced and overcome many challenges. It is a thriving hub for business and growth. Now, in the face of our biggest global challenge, climate change, the district and the businesses within it, are entering a new era of adaptation and transition to net zero.

“Through this Climate Festival, we are proud to be building on the inspirational work of the City of London and want to create an opportunity for our local businesses to collaborate with other business leaders, Public Sector partners, and sustainability experts to identify best practice and new ideas that support them in their decarbonisation goals.

“In support of London Climate Action Week, we are thrilled to be bringing together some of the best minds in climate action to debate and inform businesses.”

Climate Action Policy Lead of the City of London Corporation, Alderman Alison Gowman, said:

“We’re delighted to be supporting the Fleet Street BID’s Climate Festival. At the City Corporation we are committed to a carbon net zero Square Mile by 2040 which means local businesses need to join us in becoming as energy efficient as possible and reducing their carbon emissions.

“Through our Climate Action Strategy, we have slashed the Corporation’s net carbon emissions by 66% since 2018 – putting us on track to hit our target to reach net zero in our own operations by 2027. We are now approaching the fourth year of our Strategy and will support local businesses in their own net zero journey.”