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Green Games Summit - watch the highlights from day one

The Green Games Summit 2021 took place on 20th - 21st October 2021, and for the first time brought the international games sector together to share knowledge and discuss and shape the industry’s response to the climate challenge and sustainability.

It was delivered by Ukie, in collaboration with ISFE and UN Environment Programme’s Playing for the Planet Alliance. The event was sponsored by Sony Interactive Entertainment.

Watch the talks from Day One below:

Introduction by Dr Jo Twist OBE

Dr Jo Twist OBE introduces the inaugural Green Games Summit, setting the agenda for the day and reflecting on what attendees can do to make a difference.

Emmanuelle Maire on the EU's Green Deal

Emmanuelle Maire, Head of Unit for Sustainable Production, Products, and Consumption at the European Commission talks attendees through the EU's Green Deal.

Sam Barratt on what's been achieved so far

Introduction from Sam Barratt, Chief of Youth, Education and Advocacy of UNEP and co-founder of the Playing for the Planet Alliance. This segment will introduce the vision, opportunity and actions that have been achieved and where the Alliance is set to go next.

Dr Trista Patterson, Nicolas Hunsinger and Alan Gershenfeld on Playing for the Planet

Joint presentation by Dr Trista Patterson of Microsoft, Nicolas Hunsinger, Director of Corporate Environmental Sustainability at Ubisoft and Alan Gershenfeld of ELine Media on the Playing for the Planet Alliance matters for the industry.

Siiri Maekalae, Peter Oliver and Karim Farghaly on Playing for the Planet

New members of the UN's Playing for the Planet (P4P) Alliance are introduced, featuring Siiri Maekalae, Peter Oliver of SEGA Europe and Karim Farghaly of Bandi Namco.

Deborah Mensah Bonsu and Mathias Gredal Nørvig on getting involved

Deborah Mensah Bonsu, Founder and CEO of DMB Crew and Games for Good and Mathias Gredal Nørvig of Sybo Games discuss what specifically you can do to get involved and take action on this agenda.

Climate Change: The Science, the Solutions, and the Role of Business

Dr Elizabeth Bagley, Program Director at Strategic Energy Innovations and Jamie Beck Alexander, Director at Drawdown Labs discuss the scale of the climate problem and how businesses can address it through Project Drawdown's climate solutions.

The Carbon Impact of Gaming

Dr Kieren Mayers, Senior Director of Environment, Social, and Governance at Sony Interactive Entertainment on measuring the impact of the games industry, shape of CO2 emissions for games sector, some challenges and the role businesses can play in reducing emissions.

How to Make Your Studio Net Zero

Nic Walker, Head of Technical Operations at Space Ape Games on how Space Ape have approached sustainability with some practical tips and a call to action to help decarbonise the games industry.

The Status of the World's Biodiversity

Jonathan Baillie, Director of Conservation Programmes at the Zoological Society of London asks, will the next generation step up and begin to address the biodiversity crises or will they simply become increasingly ambivalent and disconnected from the natural world?

Alba: A Wildlife Adventure

Jane Campbell, Studio Operations Lead at Ustwo discusses their journey with Alba, and how they set out to inspire action from their players, and to take bigger steps towards protecting our planet.  

The Pitfalls to Avoid in Calculating CO2

Professor John Koomey discusses how we can think clearly about the environmental effects of information technology.

Video Games and Fighting Climate Change in Africa

Eyram Tawia, CEO and Co-founder at Leti Arts talks about how his studio is fighting climate change in Africa one video game at a time.

So You Wanna Make A Video Game To Save The World…

Marina Psaros, Sustainability Lead at Unity and author of The Atlas of Disappearing Places talks about how to make a sustainable video game.

Employee Engagement and Sustainability

In this presentation, Nicolas Hunsinger, the Director of Corporate Environmental Sustainability at Ubisoft, and Armelle Andre, a Data Science Manager in the Brand Portfolio Management Team and Co-Founder of the GreenForce France Employee Group, share how employee “green committees” have collaborated with the CSR team to contribute to the company’s sustainability goals.