Net Zero Live is back again in 2022, and this time we are taking a look at some of the more specific challenges firms in the built environment are facing when it comes to decarbonisation.
Join us on 12 May as we explore the challenges around whole life and embodied carbon, material specification and the role infrastructure has to play.
Explore the agenda below
Thursday 12 May
Keynote interview: UKGBC chief executive Julie Hirigoyen on its whole life carbon roadmap
Throughout 2021, UKGBC worked with a cross-industry team to develop a Net Zero Whole Life Carbon Roadmap for the UK built environment.
The Roadmap project aims to outline a common vision and agree upon industry-wide actions for achieving net zero carbon in the construction, operation, and demolition of buildings and infrastructure in the UK.
Hear from the UKGBC’s chief executive Julie Hirigoyen in this keynote interview as she discusses what the Roadmap is, how industry can work toward it and what she hopes it can achieve.
Chair: Chloe McCulloch
UK Green Building Council
How can material specification help achieve net zero targets?
Construction material related emissions account for 28% of the total global emissions from buildings and the construction sector. With buildings becoming more efficient operationally, the carbon impact from construction materials can account for up to between 40% and 70% over the life of a building. This means that as the push toward net zero ramps up built environment firms are facing increasingly tough choices about how and what they use to deliver projects.
In this session hear from our panel of experts as they discuss sustainable material options, green alternatives and circular economy principles. Drawn from across the supply chain, the panel will discuss key considerations and concerns for different parts of the sector as well as on different project types.
Chair: Thomas Lane
Group technical editor
Architect and WELL AP
Morrow + Lorraine
Principal structural engineer
Structure design manager
What does the UK infrastructure sector need to do to support net zero goals?
Achieving net zero in the UK will require a significant rethink of the infrastructure systems that both currently exist and are under development. To reach net zero targets, the UK needs to at least double the size of its electricity system, create a hydrogen economy, and develop carbon capture and storage infrastructure.
In this session hear from firms involved in the push to develop the net zero infrastructure the country needs. Our panel of experts will not only discuss what the sector needs to deliver if the UK is to its net zero targets, but also how it will be done. They will also explore the barriers to the development of net zero infrastructure and how they can be overcome.