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The global built environment is responsible for almost 40% of global energy-related carbon emissions and 50% of extracted materials. The challenge is clear, we must decarbonise the built environment in order to meet the UK’s Net Zero target of 2050, but the road to getting there is full of barriers. We are dependent on current practices with slow uptake of innovative construction methods and energy sources, availability of materials continues to add strain to supply chains and investment is likely to slow down.
In the context of growing economic uncertainty, new leadership, and off the back of a turbulent few years we look to explore the role construction plays in the race to net zero’ and how historic and recent challenges may impede our efforts. We are, however, also presented with immense opportunity. Our expert panel, from several disciplines, joins us to unpack this topic and share how they are tackling decarbonisation of the built environment, sharing real-life examples of their successes to date, the delivery challenges they faced, and lessons they learned along the way.
Verner joined Green Alliance as a policy analyst in December 2021. Prior to joining, Verner worked as a science communicator at The Naked Scientists. He has previously been a trainer for the Carbon Literacy Project, consulted the NHS on implementing their net zero plans, as well as successfully campaigned for Pembroke College, Cambridge to divest from fossil fuel investments. Verner has an MEng in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bristol and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, focusing on the manufacturing of carbon-fibre composites.
Jamie is a highly specialised environmental consultant within RSK's EHS Compliance and Sustainability team. He understands the reality of environmental challenges during project delivery and supports clients in proactively implementing environmental management systems and strategies to achieve project sustainability targets. He is a trained environmental auditor, with a particular focus on delivering construction environmental management systems, environmental and waste regulation and legislation, and production of CL:AIRE compliant material management plans.
James Low, oversees the company’s world-wide responsible business service offer for consultancy and facilities management and took over as Global Head of Responsible Business in May this year. (2022) James, who has been with Mace for eight years, has been instrumental in the company’s drive to reduce industry carbon emissions. He played a key role in the development of Mace’s net zero carbon strategy, ‘Steps without Footprints’, and has led a strong period of growth for the consultancy business.
Stephen took up the position of Director of Environmental Sustainability at National Highways in November 2021. Previously, Stephen was Chief Analyst for National Highways, when he had responsibility for advising and assuring value for money from investment in England’s Strategic Road Network. National Highways was established in 2015 and was given substantially increased delegations and responsibilities. Stephen built a new analytical team of transport planners, economists, operational researchers and evaluation experts to set the standards and provide the analytical advice and assurance for decision makers. He has a decade of experience as a Government Economist. Prior to joining National Highways he worked in central departments (Defra, DECC, BIS) with a particular focus on environmental policy.
Annabel Clark (MIEMA and CEnv) is a Regional Director and the Sustainability Technical Lead for Faithful+Gould. Her focus is on Environmental and Sustainability Consulting within the built environment with key experience in environmental assessments, sustainable design, asset management, and achieving net zero carbon across new build and refurbishment / fit out projects. She is involved in industry groups such as CLC, LETI and BCO who are leading on sustainability implementation. Annabel’s enthusiasm for projects and supporting clients is invaluable, her innovative approach assists project teams with achieving holistic sustainability goals.
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