Branson’s associate Boyd at Vilnius Innovation Forum


2013 11 04


“There is no Planet B,” – this is the motto of Peter Boyd, associate of Sir Richard Branson, who will be one of the keynote speakers at the Vilnius Innovation Forum “Innovation Drift”, organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania along with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology in Vilnius on 4-6 December.

Is eco-innovation merely an expensive fashion? How can global eco-innovation trigger real change and be more than formal part of corporate social responsibility? These issues will be addressed at the Forum by innovation leaders from all over Europe.

Peter Boyd, chief operating officer of non-profit organization Carbon War Room which accelerates the adoption of business solutions that reduce carbon emissions at gigaton scale and advance the low-carbon economy, will give a presentation about eco-innovation in a global perspective. Carbon War Room was founded by Richard Branson together with other globally thinking entrepreneurs from a number of countries.

Boyd held different positions at Virgin Group for over ten years before Branson invited him to launch the Carbon War Room from the initial concept of entrepreneurs who are passionate about preserving our planet’s resources.

The founders of Carbon War Room, Lithuanian Vladas Lašas being among them, believe that climate change problems can be solved profitably with the use of the latest technologies.

The organization headed by Boyd, who works between London and Washington, generate business solutions by identifying specific pathways to accelerate the deployment of green solutions in the face of low expectations and weak mandates.

Boyd has more than 15 years of private-sector experience in strategy, marketing, operations, and general management. He also chairs the UK’s Energy Efficiency Deployment Office (part of the UK Department of Energy & Climate Change).

The first Vilnius Innovation Forum “Innovation Drift” will welcome business and science innovation leaders from a number of European countries who will share their views about the significance of innovation for the entire European economy.

Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, the founder of the World Wide Web, who is coming to the Baltic States for the first time, will give a presentation on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Global Context. The importance of eco-innovation for the development of business will be discussed by Darius Sabaliūnas, section head of Safety Innovation and Environmental Stewardship at Procter & Gamble, Tomas Andrejauskas, investor and Head of UAB ProBioSanus, Allanas Alaküla, Head of Tallinn European Union Office, one of the founders of the city’s electronic service system. Eco-business leaders will share their success stories.

The Vilnius Innovation Forum is designed to create a European platform for high-level discussions about the importance of innovation and science and business co-operation, as well as to highlight innovation as the main driving force for economic growth, job creation and welfare of Europe.

Forum participants will be able to choose among informative, innovative and interactive sessions from the two-day extensive programme. The science and technology exhibition will complement the discussions; on the third day, the participants will be invited to visit the most innovative companies of Lithuania.

Registration to the Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ is available at

The Vilnius Innovation Forum is part of the official events of the Lithuanian Presidency of the Council of the European Union. About 600 participants from a number of European countries are expected to attend.

The Vilnius Innovation Forum is organized by the Ministry of Economy of the Republic of Lithuania along with the Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology. The patron of the event is President of the Republic of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaitė. The Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’ is supported from the European Regional Development Fund.

Lithuanian public broadcaster LRT and the leading news portal Delfi are the media partners of the Vilnius Innovation Forum ‘Innovation Drift’.

Information about the Forum

The first Vilnius Innovation Forum “Innovation Drift” will be held on 4–6 December. The Forum programme offers a two-day conference, networking event and a science and technology exhibition.
The key topics of the Vilnius Innovation Forum “Innovation Drift” are the following:

• European innovation policy and expectations from the new financial perspective HORIZON 2020,
• SMEs role in creating innovative Europe,
• Startups and entrepreneurship,
• Eco-innovations and green business models,
• Public and private partnership,
• Competitiveness of companies and development of clusters,
• Developing innovation eco-systems,
• Measuring innovation in small regions.

During the Forum, the launching event of the largest EU research and innovation programme HORIZON 2020 will be held with the budget of around EUR 80 billion. Under this programme, all innovation segments – from idea to the market – will be funded in conformity to 3 evaluation criteria, including high quality scientific research, competitive industry and benefits for the society.

The Vilnius Innovation Forum “Innovation Drift” expects to welcome ministers of nine Baltic Sea Region countries, high European Commission officials, business and science leaders, innovators and experts from Lithuania and all over the world.

Participation in the Forum for businesses is free of charge, yet advance registration is required.

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