Yvette Ashby, Founder and CEO of Professional Clothing Industry Association Worldwide (PCIAW®) will be chairing the National Energy and Sustainability Show on the 28th of February at The Kia Oval in London, promoting sustainability within the public sector.
The Institute of Government & Public Policy (IGPP) has invited 14 industry leaders and government officials to discuss the real benefits of improving sustainability and energy efficiency in public sector supply chains.
Notable persons in attendance include Baroness Bennet, the former Green Party leader, and Professor Paul Monks, the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), both of whom are major advocates for the incorporation of sustainable and carbon neutral industry practices.
PCIAW®’s dedication to supporting sustainability
Yvette Ashby has 25 years of experience supporting businesses in textile, professional clothing and PPE industries through PCIAW®, giving relevant advice to businesses regarding sustainable manufacturing, supply chain integration, and innovation.
The non-profit organisation has represented the professional clothing industry in collaborations with the UK Ministry of Defence and National Fire Chiefs Council, making Yvette an ideal candidate to assist the IGPP in informing businesses and public institutions on how to successfully transition to sustainable practice.
Jenny Campbell B. Rust from the IGPP comments: “We are delighted to welcome Yvette as chair of the event and support PCIAW®’s work in promoting sustainability. The work you do to support green businesses within the textiles industry speaks to your passion for building a greener future, and we look forward to hearing your insights this February.”
Themes at the National Energy and Sustainability Show
Seven hours of panels and seminars will cover sustainability practices and policies across local and central government, with a particular focus on energy. Sessions will include decarbonising the built environment, the just transition to net-zero, and PCIAW will give guidance on sustainable procurement of protective clothing in these sectors. The leading speakers will share industry insights which will provide learning experiences for all businesses.
A key highlight for textile and professional clothing industries will be the discussion of the circular economy, stopping the linear extraction of materials for use in disposable products and adopting renewable or reusable items and materials.
The expansion of the circular economy and renewable energy could have major benefits in reducing energy instability, with less reliance on fossil fuels and non-renewables creating a path to long-term stability within the supply chain.
22 supporting organisations set to attend
The event’s sponsors, such as SSE Energy Solutions, The Energy Consortium, and Good Energy, are all committed participants in promoting decarbonisation and developing clean and efficient energy technologies, sharing their perspectives in a series of panels throughout the day.
Yvette Ashby, Founder and CEO of PCIAW® shares her thoughts: “To chair such an important event is a privilege, and I look forward to engaging in discussions with attendees about how they can benefit from green practices and reach their sustainability goals. In my work representing the textiles and professional clothing industries, PCIAW® produced the Circular Textiles for a Sustainable Future report to highlight innovative design strategies for the circular economy and it would be wonderful to see how other industries adopt circular approaches.”