Construction: The Built Environment

Construction: The Built Environment and Construction Sector accounts for 38% of global Carbon Emissions: Come and learn how the Construction Leadership Council’s Construct Zero industry-change programme is targeting the most impactful actions to mitigate this, leading the industry’s charge to meeting the Prime Minister’s 2035 Net Zero target.

The event will be co-chaired by a leading Government Minister and a young professional from the construction industry and feature Andrew Griffith MP (PM’s Net Zero Champion).

Are you a policy maker or Government figure who wants to maximise your impact in reaching Net Zero? Our analysis will cut through the hype to define the areas across the Built Environment where policy and legislative change can really make a difference.

Are you a business, wanting to become Net Zero but need to understand the benefits and how to go about doing so? Our Business Champions, drawn from across the sector will tell their story and show you how.

Are you a young professional and want to play your part? Your voice is crucial to delivering Net Zero- we will discuss why young people should care; what are the key platforms to engage them and how; and what does the future of the construction sector look like.

As industry leaders, your role in shaping and developing the approach is vital. The workshop will conclude with a panel discussion featuring prominent CEO’s discussing:

– the global challenges of delivering Net Zero in the Built Environment
– the combined power of industry and Government in delivering Net Zero
– how the future of the construction sector will pivot to meet the challenge


Fix the economy to fix climate change: the role of the circular economy

We cannot fix climate change unless we transform the whole economy. The circular economy is a key part of the solution to tackle climate change and to fulfil the objectives set out in the Paris Agreement.

In this session we will:

  • Explore how businesses can integrate the circular economy into their overall strategy and specifically their climate strategies, and showcase leading examples of this in practice.
  • Hear directly from leaders in the food and mobility sectors about how to pilot and scale up circular economy activities and stimulate cross value-
    chain collaboration.
  • Connect these examples and experiences with opportunities for policymakers to accelerate the circular economy transition through policies and investment.


Tech For Our Planet: Digital Solutions for Climate Challenges

Technology has enormous potential to help us fight climate change. However, startups and innovators working to create digital solutions struggle to gain traction through partnership with government, secure investment and find the right ‘front doors’ for their technology to be most useful.

Tech For Our Planet is an exciting new challenge programme – run in partnership by PUBLIC and the Cabinet Office – identifying leading tech startups and entrepreneurs creating solutions to help us tackle climate change. The programme allows innovators to apply their cutting-edge digital and data solutions to five climate challenges, ranging from tracking and reducing energy consumption to encouraging more sustainable behaviours, and looks to catalyse partnerships and new ways of working to achieve Net Zero goals.

During this session, the selected startups will pitch their solutions, with the opportunity for the audience to gain insight into how each solution will tackle specific climate challenges. The winning startup will be announced at the Tech For Our Planet Gala Reception.

The selected startups are:

  • Challenge One, In Our Homes: Novoville & Olio 
  • Challenge Two, On Our Plate: Hummingbird Technologies & Agrisound 
  • Challenge Three, Thinking Smart: Brainbox AI & Measurable Energy 
  • Challenge Four, Engaging Communities: Commonplace & IRYS 
  • Challenge Five, Green Finance: Sweep & Earthblox


Climate Challenge Cup innovation showcase and awards

No one can fight climate change alone. That is why the Climate Challenge Cup is celebrating civic research partnerships in the UK and US, where organisations are working collaboratively to tackle climate change.

This international competition is delivered by the research organisation, social investor and community practitioner, The Young Foundation, in the UK, and by MetroLab Network, a civic research and innovation collaborative, in the US.

We are delighted to invite you to an evening of inspiration, networking, and celebration at COP26.

Join us to discuss climate action and hear about innovative and scalable projects that are helping communities become more resilient to the effects of climate change, from wildfires to extreme flooding. You’ll also hear from partnerships helping cities achieve their net zero targets.

The event will culminate in an award ceremony, with an expert panel of judges including:
Dr. Emily Reichert, CEO of Greentown Labs
Daze Aghaji, Young UK Climate Justice Activist
Nicola Yates OBE, CEO of the Connected Places Catapult
Dr Atyia Martin, CEO and Founder of All Aces, Inc
Professor Alex Halliday, Director of the Earth Institute and Founding Dean of the Columbia Climate School

The Climate Challenge Cup is supported by the UK’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with grant funding, and by the City of Glasgow, as well as the UK’s Science and Innovation Network, Innovate UK, The University of Glasgow and Vertigo Ventures.

Find out more on www.climatechallengecup.com


Polar Net Zero

This interactive event challenges young people around the globe to think about the part they can play in creating a low carbon future.
By questioning world-leading experts who are developing sustainable solutions to reduce energy use at British Antarctic Survey research stations school children will learn how human ingenuity, creativity, and technology can help people live with and adapt to climate change. Its key message to students is ‘you can help ensure a greener, more resilient future for us all’.


Generation Earthshot : Discover What It Takes To Win An Earthshot Prize

What does it take to win a £1m Earthshot Prize? Where
do ideas come from and how can you come up with
solutions to repair the planet?

All these questions and
more will be explored in an interactive event for school
students (aged 10-14) to meet and find out more about
some of the 2021 Earthshot Prize Finalists.

The Finalists will be interviewed by representatives of
“Generation Earthshot” – young climate champions.
They will also explore why learning should always be the
first step to action and share their own tips for getting
involved in the climate and environment movement.

This event will mix live and digital participation through
panels, interviews, teaching and film.


Commercial Buildings: A real asset in addressing climate change?

The built environment is responsible for c40% of global carbon emissions. Significant investment will be needed to decarbonise commercial buildings and make real estate assets resilient to the physical impacts of climate change.

This event will provide an insight into the critical role that the commercial real estate sector plays in addressing climate change, highlighting some of the toughest challenges and exploring how meaningful progress can be accelerated through:

• Collective Commitment: Showcasing the Better Buildings Partnership Climate Commitment (covering over £370bn AUM), we’ll discuss how sector commitments can expedite action and investigate what is required to deliver on this ground-breaking commitment.

• Sustainable Finance: Focusing on the role of the finance sector in driving action, we’ll consider how financial instruments can be used to mobilise capital and scale-up investment in decarbonising commercial buildings and protecting them against climate risk.

• Collaborative Action: Emphasising the critical role that building occupiers play in driving demand, the event will bring owners and occupiers face to face to align their climate change ambitions.

Culminating in a panel discussion focused on urgent near term action, the event will bring together senior leaders from the real estate industry alongside investors and occupiers of commercial real estate assets to inspire cross-sectoral action on climate change.

Confirmed speakers:

• Neil Slater, Global Head of Real Assets, Abrdn

• Sarah Ratcliffe, CEO, Better Buildings Partnership

• Caroline Hill, Managing Director, Europe Head of Real Estate ESG, Blackstone

• Sam McClary, Editor, Estates Gazette

• Janine Cole, Social Impact & Sustainability Director, Great Portland Estates

• Miles Keeping, Chair, Green Property Alliance

• Stephanie Hyde, CEO, JLL UK

• Shuen Chan, Head of ESG, Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management

• Bek Seeley, Managing Director, Development, Europe, Lendlease

• Michael Neal, European CIO, Nuveen

• Paul Dunne, MD Group Ops, SEGRO

Supported by The British Property Federation.



Glasgow Meets New Orleans, Africa and the World: Climate Change Impacts Culture, Music and All of Us

Glasgow and New Orleans are both Cultural hubs, meccas for Culture bearers from the worlds of Music, Art and Performance. This Partnership and Collaboration developed over the last several years between those from the Performance worlds in both cities, and academics and scientists focused on Climate Change and how devastating weather events affect the diverse peoples who are ALSO the Musicians, Artists and Performers and a Historian who links them as well as serves as an expert on the impact of Hurricanes on a cultural city.

These two port cities are also linked through the historical reality of colonialism and the slave trade, but the upside of this is a deeply rich and very present celebration of the coming together of diverse cultures through this Performance of Music and Spoken Word. We have chosen speakers and musicians from both Glasgow and New Orleans, both in person and pre-recorded, to create a rich one-hour spoken, visual and musical performance during this global event. Hurricane Ida only serves to underline the importance of this Collaboration.

Dr. Charles Chamberlain is a New Orleans Historian and the Curator of the permanent Exhibit on Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Vivian Norris is a Creatuve Industries expert working with many years in Cultural Festivals around the world. GABO is a Glasgow-based, Afro-Celtic group of musicians, including co-founder, Lene de Montaigu on balafon, who moved to Glasgow from New Orleans and met Ghanian balafon player/singer Soulay Puliman, as well as the members of the Glasgow-based, contemporary Jazz group, Amara. GABO includes students from the Glasgow School of Art, teachers from the University of Edinburgh, immigrants from the Global South… and so this journey, weaving together two cities and many cultures began…


Disability, Resilience and Inclusion in our Cities – inclusive design and community-led urban solutions for disability-inclusive climate resilience

This side event will set an agenda for the inclusive design of climate resilient cities.

Climate change and widening inequality driven by COVID-19 has highlighted the need to design cities that support and adapt to people’s diverse needs and are resilient in changing climates. More needs to be done to ensure persons with disabilities are not left behind in conversations on climate change. Why? 1 in 7 people on the planet are disabled and must be included as we prepare for rising tides and a warmer earth.

The Global Disability Innovation Hub (GDI Hub) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) are bringing together a panel with unique expertise to discuss this challenge. Conversations will profile issues persons with disabilities currently face in low-resource urban areas and good practice on inclusion and sustainability. It will consider how inclusive design and innovation can advance climate resilience in cities and the rights of persons with disabilities.

Panellists include:

  • Iain McKinnon, Director of Inclusive Design, GDI Hub
  • Manoj Sharma, Chief of Urban Sector Group, ADB
  • Ibnu Sina, Mayor of Banjarmasin, Indonesia
  • Ahmad Rifai, Executive Director, Kota Kita Foundation
  • Asha Hans, gender, disability and climate change scholar

The panel will present cutting edge work by GDI Hub, ADB and international partners in Mongolia, India, Indonesia, and Sierra Leone.

The design and planning of urban built environments and infrastructure has a crucial role in achieving a more equitable and resilient future. Considering disability inclusion in the design of solutions will create opportunities for resilience and ensure marginalised groups are not left behind. Inclusive design must be sustainable, and sustainable design must be inclusive – for people and planet.

Join us to be part of the conversation.


How can we decarbonise our built world: lessons from experiments across the world

A panel discussion on lessons from the frontline of building decarbonisation innovation, and the role of energy data in achieving it.

The panel will bring together speakers who are actively engaged in tackling this challenge from different perspectives and geographies.

The event will see them present their findings so far, share lessons, and examine what action is needed in future to ensure that the built world can radically reduce emissions.

The panel will bring together frontline innovators with real experience of success and failure, and hard-won advice for policy-makers on what’s needed in the decade ahead.


How buildings will play a role in fighting climate change. The right decision today, means a better tomorrow.

It’s time for change. Our world is in a climate emergency, and we have a narrow window of opportunity to take control. Buildings and out-dated construction practices have contributed to this crisis, and we must quickly turn our new and existing buildings into climate emergency first-responders. Together we must bring an end to the building industry’s ‘business-as-usual’ approach. But what can replace it, and how?

In Northern Ireland, a brand-new passive house campus is pushing the boundaries of sustainable design and energy efficient building.

The New Erne Campus, part of the South West College’s portfolio is already celebrated internationally, with a series of record-breaking achievements. The campus is the largest building and the first educational building in the world to achieve Passive House Premium certification. It is also the first building in the UK to achieve both Passive House Premium and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) Outstanding accreditations.

Providing a living laboratory for students and industry to learn, experiment and develop new ideas and technologies, the Erne Campus represents an innovative demonstration of how to successfully construct an energy efficient and cost effective zero energy building with passive house principles and renewables. South West College with the Erne Campus as the host facility will become a centre of excellence for energy efficiency, offering passive house designer training and seminars

Bringing together a world class panel of experts on high performance construction, this event will showcase the Erne Campus, discuss tangible solutions for the climate emergency and uncover the future skills required to support a decade of innovation that will drive irreversible cultural change across the construction industry as it strives to meet its obligations on climate targets.


Enhancing ambition on climate change in cities and regions

This event will demonstrate how cities and regions can play a more ambitious role in addressing climate change and reaching the goal of net zero.

Hosted and chaired by the Carbon Trust, we will present inspiring and replicable examples of cities and regions leading the way to net zero, showcasing outstanding exemplars from the UK (London and Wales) and international case studies (China and Mexico).

The one-hour event will feature a lively and engaging panel discussion on how cities and regions can drive local ambition and action, highlighting the collaboration between city, regional and national governments required for success.

Senior representatives will showcase action, not just targets and talk, across four initiatives:

  • Implementing a Net Zero Wales
  • Net zero strategy for the City of London
  • Coordinated climate action in Mexico: Guadalajara’s pathway to carbon neutrality
  • Driving climate action in China’s cities


  • Julie James, Minister for Climate Change, Welsh Government
  • Mario Ramón Silva Rodríguez, General Director, Instituto Metropolitano de Planeación Área Metropolitana de Guadalajara (IMEPLAN)
  • Division Director of Wuhan Ecological Environmental Bureau
  • Senior representative from C40 Cities
  • Poppy Potter, Associate Director, the Carbon Trust

The Carbon Trust has two decades of experience working with public sector organisations in the UK and around the world, helping to raise ambition on climate action and develop and implement climate action plans.

We invite anyone to attend who has an interest in:

  • How cities and regions can get on a pathway towards net zero Setting science-based or net zero targets
  • Developing local energy markets
  • Creating community partnerships or joint ventures


People make transport: communities enabling greener travel

How can diverse voices, enthusiasm and creativity be harnessed to achieve low-carbon transport systems and behaviours in local communities? Join us for an interactive, inspirational session on getting the social side of sustainable transport right.

Transport emissions are rising faster globally than any other sector. While a shift to cleaner vehicles is important, it will take decades to take effect. To achieve meaningful change quickly, we must shift reliance away from private cars, making public and community transport, walking, cycling and shared mobility the ‘natural choice’. Research shows the social side of this change is vital: creating place-based solutions, integrating low-carbon modes, and encouraging and enabling sustainable transport behaviours.

The Sustainable Transport Alliance is the UK’s leading partnership of NGOs advocating for healthy, low carbon transport. This session will draw on our networks to showcase practical examples and insights on how local initiatives can engage and empower communities to achieve climate-safe, inclusive, healthy transport systems and behaviours.

Our panel of government, academic, industry and community experts will look at what broader policy and funding support is required to facilitate these initiatives; share expertise on building trust and making change last; and consider the wider impact on climate goals and additional benefits for health, wellbeing and sustainable development. These lessons are adaptable to any local context.

This event will include colourful examples that paint an inspiring picture of pathways to clean, green, equitable travel. Our panel of experts will engage in a lively debate, taking questions and comments from the audience to relate our experiences to other locations globally, sharing ideas, thinking and positivity around what we have to gain from cleaner transport.

Our thanks to Transport Scotland and Go-Ahead Group, a leading provider of passenger transport, for their support of this event.



Financing the Sustainable Cities of the Future: What will it take to get there?

Trillions of dollars will be required in this decade to support cities build the low-emissions, resilient infrastructure necessary to mitigate climate change. However, cities face major capacity constraints in preparing and financing climate change mitigation and adaptation projects. Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, subnational governments struggled to access climate finance to promote the needed green transition at the local level. Over the past two years, as the pandemic has spread across the world, we have seen cities’ fiscal health and capacity being even further tested.

At this event, the Cities Climate Finance Leadership Alliance, C40 Cities Finance Facility, GIZ, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability, and the World Climate Foundation will showcase innovative solutions on how to best leverage public and private finance to unlock the trillions of financing needed over the next decade for low-carbon, climate-resilient infrastructure in cities. This event will bring together the main market players in city-level climate finance to:

  • Examine the major challenges cities face when seeking to finance climate mitigation and adaptation activities, and what has changed in the context of COVID-19
  • Discuss how to involve all relevant actors, raise ambition, and close the financing gap between the supply and demand sides of climate finance for cities
  • Analyze how national governments and the climate negotiations influence the increase of city level climate finance

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Councillor Richard Bell, City of Glasgow, UK
  • Barbara Buchner, Global Managing Director of Climate Policy Initiative (Alliance Secretariat)
  • Heike Henn, Director, BMZ
  • Maryke van Staden, ICLEI, Director of Business Development and Low Emission Pathway


The North West Presents: Talking about my Generation

The planet is facing an existential crisis. Cities across the world are wringing their hands in morbid concern. But rarely does the action match the rhetoric.

The North West of England is different.

It is a region with innovation and change in its DNA. From the industrial revolution of the 1800’s to the cultural revolution of the 1960’s, from Andre Geim to John Lennon, this is a place which drives change through action.

Our response to the Climate Crisis follows this same path.

A response which is about doing things not just talking about them. About knowing that there is no silver bullet, but that progress is more important than perfection.

But too often the path to progress is pitched as an inter-generational battle. The unchanging Old v The progressive Young.

This is far from the case.

Hosted by Paul Mason, broadcaster and journalist ‘Talking About Our Generation’ will bring North West Metro Mayors, Steve Rotheram and Andy Burnham together with the innovators who have driven change over the past generation and those who are set to take on that mantle in the crucial decades to come.

Open and honest, these conversations offer a chance for reflection and curiosity, to remember what has been achieved and what is still in the ‘too hard to do’ pile.
They will break down the idea that the crisis we face is born from a generational divide and show it as a shared human endeavour.

This is the moment when together we must lay the foundations of a new world.

For the young people of the North West this is not a nice to have, This is our Climate Future.

This is an Essential Revolution.