About this event
Positioning ourselves for COP26 and beyond – a plan for the built and natural environment, in partnership with the Edge
Although the next Futurebuild event won’t take place until 2022, Futurebuild and the Edge has joined forces to explore the actions that we need to take to move from a condition of fragility to one that is more robust for people and the natural world.
The government’s declared aim is to ‘build back better’ and to reduce our emissions by 68% by 2030. We can do better - the industry’s plan for the built and natural environment.
3rd March 2021 -12 pm - 1.15 pm (GMT)
Putting nature at the heart of decision making
Paul Crutzen, meteorologist and atmospheric chemist who won a Nobel Prize for stratospheric ozone destruction died on 28th January 2021. He said in his Nobel lecture (1995) that ”…the experiences of the early 1970s had made it utterly clear to me that human activities had grown so much that they could compeer and interfere with natural processes.” Crutzen first coined the phrase ‘anthropocene’ as the epoch in which humans’ impact on the earth rivalled that of nature’.
Recognising that our economies, livelihoods and well-being all rely on Nature in 2018, HM Treasury commissioned Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta to explore the sustainability of our interactions with nature and identify what we must urgent do differently.
The final report published in January 2021 states that the world’s worsening biodiversity crisis is linked to a “deep-rooted, widespread institutional failure” to recognise the value of nature’ and that our demands on nature ‘far exceed its capacity to supply us with the goods and services we all rely on.’
The Office of Environmental Protection, the independent statutory body with the principal objective of contributing to environmental protection and the improvement of the natural environment, has been established with Dame Glenys Stacey as Chair. However, the Environment Bill has been delayed in Parliament.
And for construction and the built environment? From decisions as to where we should build, put transport corridors, protect resources and so on (which is why we need a land use framework for England) to the actual impact of construction on nature i.e. air pollution, climatic change, water pollution, landfill waste etc, it is clear that the construction industry has a major part to play in protecting the natural environment on which we all depend.
This Edge-Futurebuild session will explore key issues to identify the actions needed for systemic change.
Chair: Belinda Gordon, Strategy Director, Green Alliance
Questions managed by Julie Godefroy, Director of Julie Godefroy Sustainability, Technical Manager for CIBSE and member of the Edge
Sandy leads the team supporting Professor Sir Partha Dasgupta with his independent global Review on the Economics of Biodiversity, commissioned by HM Treasury. Previously, Sandy led the UK’s collaboration with India on energy and climate change at the British High Commission in New Delhi.
Julie is a chartered engineer and sustainability consultant, working on independent projects and as CIBSE Technical Manager.
Sam leads the Combined Authority’s work to improve the city region’s natural environment through developing strategy and policy. This includes the £4m IGNITION project, which is seeking to increase and attract alternative sources of investment into greening the urban areas of Greater Manchester.
Belinda joined Green Alliance in 2018 and is responsible for developing and executing Green Alliance’s strategy and overseeing Greener UK. Prior to joining Green Alliance, Belinda worked as head of government and rural affairs at the Campaign to Protect Rural England for two and a half years.
Sue leads the organisation in its mission to bring people together to find radical and practical ways to transform our food system and improve our climate, nature, health and economy. Sue has extensive experience working with businesses, governments and enterprises for sustainable systems change
Hatti Owens is a lawyer in the UK environment team of ClientEarth – the environmental law charity. Her work focuses on the UK’s environmental law landscape post-Brexit. Before joining ClientEarth, Hatti worked as a commercial dispute resolution lawyer at an international law firm.
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