Amanda Barnes, chief executive of Net-Zero Live’s organiser Faversham House, said: “We have been closely monitoring the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and related Government guidelines. After careful consideration, and having spoken with many people involved in our event, we have decided to suspend Net-Zero Live 2020 until November. The health, safety and wellbeing of our Net-Zero Live community is our priority.
“If the outbreak continues to escalate as the Government is predicting, we believe visitor footfall and exhibitor attendance will be significantly affected and so it is unlikely we would be able to deliver the UK’s only energy and sustainability event that edie's audience looks forward to each May.
“We are acutely aware of the impact that this announcement will have, and we have taken this pragmatic decision, acting quickly to minimise any unnecessary costs and business uncertainty. One of our principal company values is that we care: we love what we do, and we do what’s right. And we feel that suspending Net-Zero Live is the right thing to do in the current circumstances.
“We have been in close contact with the NEC over the past few weeks and can confirm the show will go ahead on 10-11 November 2020, in Hall 12. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding and we are now in conversation with all those involved following this decision.
“Most importantly, we wish to extend our thoughts and best wishes to all who have been personally affected by the Coronavirus.”
Net-Zero Live is an evolution of edie Live – the UK's first and only energy and sustainability event which unites thousands of businesses, policymakers, investors, NGOs, product and solutions providers around a common purpose: to spark new ideas and actions on the path to a sustainable future.
The move to 10-11 November means that Net-Zero Live will take place during the first week of the COP26 climate talks which are being hosted in Glasgow – presenting an opportunity for the event’s themes and content to be more closely aligned with the aims of the UN talks. The edie content team are also exploring ways to enhance the brand’s net-zero-themed online content throughout the month of May, with more details to be announced on edie.net in due course.