CIRIA annual debate looks at Construction’s race to Net Zero
CIRIA are thrilled to announce this year’s virtual Annual Debate Construction’s race to net zero: fact or fiction will be hosted on 9 June.
The event will bring together industry experts to consider how the built environment sector is rising to achieve the net zero challenge.
With construction accounting for 30% of carbon emissions in the UK, CIRIA are set to debate how will the sector play its part and reduce emissions by 68% below 1990 levels in the next decade to meet the UK’s ambitious new climate target?
Sponsored by Marshalls, this is a must attend event for those concerned about climate change impacts in construction.
Panellists will consider:
- whether the construction industry needs to undertake more extreme measures to reduce emissions
- how the construction ecosystem is collaborating to reduce its carbon footprint
- how policy is driving and effecting change
- if the industry will be able to achieve net zero carbon and business goals.
Connecting leading professionals and decision makers from across the built environment, this highly anticipated event is an opportunity to share ideas and experiences to help drive industry forward.
Expert panellists include:
- Dr David Hancock, Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority Cabinet Office (Debate Chair)
- Nicky Gavron, Former Deputy Mayor of London, London Assembly Member, Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson for Planning
- Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK
- Andy Walker, Editor, Infrastructure Intelligence
- Chris Harrop, Director of Sustainability and Marketing, Marshalls
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK, commented: “Winning the race to net zero is a tough challenge, but the UK has the raw potential and with the right strategy can succeed. Just like an athlete preparing for the Olympics, the strategy will require belief, dedication, planning and flexibility. I look forward to debating how we bring all this together on 9 June.”
Chris Harrop OBE, Director of Sustainability and Marketing, Marshalls, said: “At Marshalls our sustainability strategy is to Create Better Futures for everyone; socially, environmentally and economically. We’ve been at this for over 20 years, for example we first reported our carbon emissions in 2004 and since 2008 we’ve reduced our total carbon footprint by 50% and have continually calculated the carbon footprint of our products. More recently in 2020, we had our carbon emissions reduction targets approved by the Science Based Targets initiative. We’re pleased to be supporting this event, and I’m looking forward to taking part as a panellist.”