Jae Mather

Jae Mather

Jae speaks about how all of the global macro trends relate in some way to the sustainability agenda.
Jae Mather is a Sustainability Director who influences senior leaders to move beyond theory to the practical application through innovating new technologies, training, and services. He designs and implements energy efficiency and climate change strategies across the built environment, government and NGO sectors.

He is currently wearing multiple hats as the North American Ambassador of the world's largest environmental professional membership organisation, the IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) and as the Director of Sustainability at the Carbon Free Group. For more than 15 years he has been instrumental in shaping the sustainability agenda across Europe including running the Eco-Enterprise, the first EU-funded environmental technology support program in the UK and shaping policy at local government and for companies such as Finger Food Studios, Heitman, ARM, and Footlocker. He was instrumental in the construction of the UK's first zero carbon conference center (the Pines Calyx) and the UK's first Passive House. Currently, he is working on the delivery of 47 carbon positive houses in Corby, UK and a 60 affordable housing project in British Columbia.

Jae speaks as keynote at more than 20 events a year and runs his own Sustainability Explored event series that has delivered over 100 events reaching 5K+ attendees. He is a guest lecturer at UBC, University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership program and on the University of Birmingham MBA & EMBA programs. Jae has published articles on energy efficiency, the business case for sustainability, and macro trends in the Guardian and edie.

He is a Board member of the Board of Change and he sits on the steering group of the Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers (GACSO) and is a member of the strategic advisory council (SAC) and the climate change and energy working group at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA). Where he advises on the development and implementation of strategy and policy for the worlds largest environmental professional membership organisation.

Jae is an IEMA and an RSA Fellow, a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv), a Registered Principal Environmental Auditor (PEA) and is GRI G4 Certified.

He holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Environmental Decision Making from The Open University in the UK as well as a BA in Geography from Simon Fraser University in Canada.
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Procurement as a lever for change

Procurement sits at the very core of most organisations top business expenses yet the immense opportunity that it presents to effect positive change and sustainable outcomes is often unrealised. This session explores the huge difference between COST, PRICE and VALUE. Organizations often find themselves choosing the cheapest solution only to find that it ends up costing much more in many different ways than many of the more expensive options originally offered in the procurement exercise. Sustainable procurement offers a wide range of tools and techniques that can be brought to bear on the procurement process so that the correct questions are being asked, the right things are being required and that the outcome is much more completely understood so that success becomes the norm instead of a rarity. This event will explore a number of global and local best practice case studies and tools that are available to help deliver value through sustainable procurement that demonstrate some amazing successes.
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Sustainable Solutions Explored

Explore the huge range of next generation Low Carbon Technologies that are available today that are moving us into the low carbon future. In this session, we explore some of the worlds most cutting-edge environmental technologies (Clean Tech). All of the products are examples of best practice practicality and cost effectiveness as this is key to successful integration into our homes and businesses.

Some technologies that I can speak about include Photo Voltaic Thermal (PV-T), Interseasonal Earth Energy Bank (EEB), Deep Geothermal, Multi-source heat pumps etc.

"We don't walk into a car dealership and ask a mechanic to put the pieces of a car together but this is exactly what we do with the majority of our buildings" -Jae Mather

Modular, off-site, prefabricated buildings are steadily becoming ever more common in the world of construction. They are able to offer high levels of quality, consistency and cost control by reducing the risks associated with putting the pieces together on site. On average around 10% of the new construction materials used in building a house end up in the land-fill. For every 10 houses were effectively throwing away a new house. Prefabrication reduces the amount of waste tremendously while at the same time derisking time delays on site. Upcycling, recycling, and circular economy are now featuring as shipping containers are being turned into low cost, high quality, very high-speed housing.

Sustainable housing is becoming all the rage with steadily strengthening building requirements becoming the norm. Air tightness, increased insulation, sustainable materials, and renewable energy are now beginning the move into the center ground in construction. Regenerative Housing www.regenvillages.com "the future of living" is transformational as it creates communities that are largely self-sufficient not only in their energy requirements but also in producing a significant proportion of their food and water, while also managing their own organic waste on site.
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Is sustainability an option for business or is it now a necessity?

Jae weaves together an overview of global macro trends, business, economics, history, philosophy, ecology, environmental management, innovation and climate change into a rollercoaster ride that looks at how each and every trend in the world relates to sustainability in one way or another. The scene is clearly laid out and articulated so that the audience is engaged in the very core of the conversation. The solutions are abundant and really it comes down to whether business and governments take the steps that lead us down paths that are well-trodden or those that are new and adventurous.

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