Digital Sustainability Conference 2024: Green, greener, greenest – or green at all?

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5 June 2024

Book Before

26 April 2024


University of Nottingham, Jubilee Conference Centre

About the Event

Net Zero service, fully recyclable product, made with 100% green energy – how many times have you come across these predicates, or claims, from your suppliers and business partners in recent times?

Green credentials are powerful today and we, as organisational consumers, are frequently swayed by them. It is easy to believe these statements especially as it’s often difficult, perhaps even impossible, to find the truth behind them. Examining what we do to be more digitally sustainable is becoming increasingly important, for our planet and the people inhabiting it, to ensure we make the right decisions. We want to question some of the green assumptions being made and bring them into focus, alongside more mainstream digital sustainability topics, at the 2nd UCISA Sustainability Conference 2024.

Highlight of topics SUG24 will explore:

  • Should you care about where in the world your Data Centre is located?
  • How do you measure Data Centre sustainability?
  • Will the use of AI make us more sustainable?
  • How long should a device be used? Is 5 years a norm?

You will hear from inspirational speakers in the sector as well as knowledgeable experts from the industry as they explore digital sustainable topics pertinent to us. You will be joined by colleagues from across the sector with an equal passion for making the world a greener place. The conference aims to motivate and embolden your sustainable journey. The topics will challenge you and may raise further questions, but the intention is to inspire and enlighten you to tackle these challenges with confidence.

Have a green story to share about your data centre? Perhaps an inspiring sustainability tale about the use of automation? How are you measuring your sustainable goals and meeting them? Share your story with colleagues by presenting (15-20 mins) at the conference – complete the short speaker proposal form.

Join us on World Environment Day – Wednesday 5th of June – at the University of Nottingham for the UCISA Sustainability Conference 2024!


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Professor Begum Tokay

Professor of Chemical Engineering

University of Nottingham

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Dr. Emma Barnes

Head of Research and Faculty IT

University of York

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Dr. Tom Davies


Small World Consulting

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Claire Davies

Sustainable Procurement Manager

Nottingham Trent University

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Charlotte Wood

Sustainability Manager

Nottingham Trent University

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Charlotte has over 15 years experience working in sustainability with roles in energy, climate change, sustainability management and climate resilience across the public sector. She currently oversees the programme management of activity to meet Nottingham Trent University’s ambitious 2040 Net Zero Carbon target across all 3 scopes of emissions. Charlotte’s specialities include carbon footprinting, climate change risk assessments and scope 3 supply chain emissions.

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Rachael Johnson


Bath Spa University

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An experienced technology leader in Higher Education, Rachael joined Bath Spa in 2016. She is currently engaged in delivering an ambitious programme of Digital Transformation, in close collaboration with academic leaders across the organisation. Rachael is passionate about using digital technology to support Bath Spa’s sustainability commitments.

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John Vass-De-Zomba

IT Environmental Sustainability Manager

University of Manchester

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John has a life-long interest in the environment, which after c.30 years working in IT has brought him to this new role at the University of Manchester. He is applying his broad experience from the public and private sectors to HE IT, looking to achieve material improvements in the University's sustainability whilst taking the IT Directorate along the path to whole scale adoption of environmental sustainability principles.

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Sean Green

Director of Digital and Change

University of East Anglia

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Sean in an experienced Digital, Data and Technology Director having worked in Financial Services, the NHS, Housing, Police, Local Government and now Higher Education. Leading large teams and significant digital transformations.

In his current role he leads the Digital and Data Technology Services for the University of East Anglia where he has worked for almost 18 months.

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John Ireland

Director of Customer Service

University of Oxford

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John is the Director of Customer Services for central IT at the University of Oxford. He has been involved in IT sustainability initiatives in various roles, initially focussed on reducing in-use energy consumption but more recently encompassing supply chain and full lifecycle impact. Projects have included a University-wide PC energy monitoring and reporting service, driving end-user device purchasing strategy towards low-carbon solutions, measurement and modelling of emissions associated with EUC and GPU-intensive systems, and initial development of a carbon footprint calculator for IT services and projects.

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Henrik Brogger

Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery

University of Reading

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Henrik has gathered his experience of leading people through change and digital technologies from many sectors including Publishing, Tour Operating, Housing and, lately, Higher Education. Having worked in a variety of leadership roles encompassing operational management and strategic delivery, he is an experienced communicator at many levels. Henrik has spent the last decade in two leading universities creating successful Service Delivery and Operations departments with a focus on strategic goals and business outcomes, underlined by a culture of empowerment and achievement. He is the vice-chair of the UCISA Sustainability Group, member of the UCISA Support Services Group, an eager contributor to UCISA projects, and enjoys voluntary work, latest for tuition charity The Access Project. Continuous learning is a core principle to Henrik, he completed a Master’s degree with distinction in Management not long ago, and he perpetually embraces opportunities to learn through a variety of platforms. He is a keen architecture buff (having recently built a house to his own design) and loves a good cup of tea!

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Paul Rock

IT Architect

Cardiff University

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Paul has spent over 30 years as a university IT professional unintentionally generating carbon emissions from a variety of technologies and currently works as a Technical Architect at Cardiff University. He is interested in all areas of environmental sustainability both within Higher Education and in everyday life.

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Richard Fuller

Assistant Director of IT Services (Technology and Cyber)

University of York

Event Schedule



Registration opens


Pre-conference session: Scope 1, 2 & 3 Emissions Refresher

Paul Rock, Technical Architect, Cardiff University

Welcome and introduction

Henrik Brogger, Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery, University of Reading

Opening Keynote

Begum Tokay, Professor of Chemical Engineering, University of Nottingham




Breakout Sessions


Travel time


Breakout Sessions




AI and the climate emergency: threat or opportunity?

Tom Davies, Consultant, Small World Consulting

Developing a Digital Sustainability Action Plan

Rachael Johnson, CIO, Bath Spa University

Sponsor Showcase




Sponsor showcase


Student Presentation


Closing remarks

Henrik Brogger, Director of Digital Operations and Service Delivery, University of Reading

Close of the Conference