Programme List - BusinessGreen Leaders Briefing - Towards Net Zero Buildings & Infrastructure


08.30 – 09.00

Registration and breakfast

09.00 – 09.10

Opening address

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

09.10 – 09.40

Keynote: Building towards a decarbonised future

Jenny Hill, Team Leader: Buildings, Industry, Committee on Climate Change

The morning keynote will focus on the progress that has been made towards net zero buildings and infrastructure, whilst considering the enormity of the challenge that it presents. It will explore the areas where change is still needed, the barriers to reform, and how the construction industry, property industry, and end-users can work together to help accelerate the net zero transition.

09.40 – 10.10 

Achieving net zero in buildings and infrastructure

Tom Randall, Head of Building Optimisation, Verco
Bruce Precious, Technical Advisory Board Member, Envizi

The morning Keynote will focus on the commercial opportunities the net zero building movement presents. It will explore the technical and systemic changes required, drawing on what has already been achieved in other countries and consider how the construction industry, property industry, and end-users can work together to help accelerate the net zero transition.

10.10 – 10.55

Panel discussion:  How to accelerate the net zero building and infrastructure transition?

Munish Datta, Head of Membership and Insights, UK Green Building Council
Kate Neale, Environment and Energy Manager, Hammerson Plc
Davide Stronati, Global Sustainability Leader, Mott Macdonald
Andrew Warren, Chair, British Energy Efficiency Federation
Moderator: Madeleine Cuff, Deputy Editor, BusinessGreen

In this panel discussion leading experts from across the sector will discuss a variety of measures that can help to accelerate deep decarbonisation within the industry. They’ll explore the policy, technology, and investment measures which are vital to making net zero a reality. The panel discussion will take a deep-dive into which policies, investment models, and business practices are needed to engineer a step-change in the development of net zero infrastructure and the catalysing role the wider business community can play.  

10.55 – 11.25

Morning break, networking, and visit to the exhibition area

11.30 – 11.45

In conversation with: RIBA on the future of the net zero workplace

Gary Clark, Chair, RIBA Sustainable Futures Group

James Murray talks to Gary Clark, chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects' Sustainable Futures Group, about how architects are responding to the climate emergency and the new generation of greener buildings that will result.

11.45 – 12.00

Case study: Can infrastructure projects ever decarbonise?

Chris Williams, Managing Director, Prolectric Ltd.

A rail renewal project initiative in South Wales over the May 2019 bank holiday weekend attempted to achieve a diesel-free "Site of the Future" for the first time, in an ambitious collaboration between Colas Rail, Network Rail and Prolectric. The milestone case study demonstrates the progress and potential of solar and battery technologies to reduce carbon emissions, as well as reduce air and noise pollution on infrastructure and construction sites.

12.00 – 12.45

Closing panel discussion: Integrated infrastructure and the journey towards a Net Zero City

Arsha Branson, Head of Innovation Services, Sustainable Ventures
Mike Pitts, 
Deputy Challenge Director for Transforming Construction, InnovateUK
Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership
Laetitia de Villepin, Thought Leadership Manager, Energy Transitions Commission

Moderator: James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

This panel discussion aims to go beyond the silo of individual building and infrastructure projects, looking towards the way wider green urban infrastructure interacts. To maximise environmental and economic gains new projects need to be integrated into city planning to deliver genuinely net zero communities, industry experts will discuss how this can be achieved with the support of the business community. 

12.45 – 12.55

Closing remarks

James Murray, Editor-in-Chief, BusinessGreen

12.55 – 13.55

Lunch and networking