01 - 03 March 2022 | ExCeL, London

01 - 03 March 2022 | ExCeL, London

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from ambition to zero

Now that COP 26 has taken place and the ‘what we have to do’ is clearly established, we must focus on the ‘how to do it’ and how to do it at scale. We have no excuses – the opportunities to change are here, do we have the courage to act on them?

The arena sessions explore some of the key questions and issues around closing the gap between ambition and delivery.

DAY two: LEADING TRANSFORMATIVE CHANGE

10:30 - 11:30

Making the shift to a resilient, zero carbon financial future

We cannot hide from the science telling us that we are fast approaching dangerous tipping points for the earth’s systems. This is a problem for all of us, affecting all aspects of our lives and not one to leave solely to government, business or individuals to solve.

Chair:
Nick Molho, Chief Executive Officer, Aldersgate Group

Panel:
The challenge of establishing a greener tax system
Andrew Simms, Coordinator of the Rapid Transition Alliance, an author, co-director of the New Weather Institute and Assistant Director of Scientists for Global Responsibility, a Research Associate at the University of Sussex


The challenge to establish a real, practice financial infrastructure and banking system for green finance.
Tony Greenham, Executive Director at South West Mutual, former Director of Economics at the Royal Society of Arts and Founding member of the Financing A Just Transition Alliance


The challenge for investment and the risk of stranded asset
Sarah Ratcliffe, Chief Executive, Better Buildings Partnership

The challenge for engineering and infrastructure
Dr Kristen MacAskill, Assistant Professor in Engineering, Environment and Sustainable Development at the Department, University of Cambridge and collaborator with the Resilience Shift

The challenge for planning
Cllr Katie Thornborrow, Cambridge City Council

CHAIR

12:00 - 13:00

Creating infection resilient environments

At the request of Sir Patrick Vallance, the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser, the Royal Academy of Engineering and the National Engineering Policy Centre set up a Commission to review the actions needed to make infrastructure more resilient to infection.

Chair:
Professor Peter Guthrie OBE FREng, Commission Chair

Panel:
Professor Catherine Noakes OBE FIMechE, FIHEEM, University of Leeds
Dr Shaun Fitzgerald, OBE, FRENG, University of Cambridge
Dr Hywel Davies, Technical Director, Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers

CHAIR

13:30 - 14:30

What should ‘levelling up’ really mean?

In a recent paper, Professor Danny Dorling, University of Oxford, described the “human geography of the UK is a very unlevel playing field – more akin to a mountain range than a field. Inequalities vary greatly. Parts that you might not think of as especially unequal are in fact sometimes the most jagged of the socioeconomic mountains.

This session will explore what making levelling up should and could be in practice and what role those in the built environment should contribute.

Chair:
Miatta Fahnbulleh, Chief Executive, new economics foundation

Panel:
What are the social equality strategies that we need to ‘level up’?
Dr Fran Darlington-Pollock, Chair, The Equality Trust and an NGO Research Advisor

What are the economic strategies that we need to ‘level up’?
Sarah Longlands, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES)

How can regional and local government respond to the challenge?
John Wrathmell, Director, Strategy, Research & Economy, Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA)

What does ‘levelling up’ mean for planning?
Richard Blyth, Head of Polity Practice and Research, Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI)

CHAIR

15:00 - 16:00

Raising aspirations – leading by example

We must nurture a talent for excellence throughout our industry to act on the wicked problems we have to resolve. The Climate Change Committee’s 3rd Risk Assessment (CCRA 3 - 2021) made it very clear that there is no time to delay. What is the new vision and mission for our industry leaders and their organisations? How can we move towards requiring benefits, not profit for profit’s sake, as an outcome? How can we engage more widely and move from following orders to being more influential - starting with clients, briefs, design outcomes and confirming that we will deliver net zero in all our projects as part of our contract with clients? Our speakers will each give us five minutes on raising aspirations to introduce a wider discussion.

Chair:
Bea Natzler, Senior Analyst Business and Buildings, Climate Change Committee

Panel:
LETI – providing guidance to support competence and delivery
Jennifer Elias, Principal Building Performance Engineer, Building Engineering, AECOM and member of LETI

ACAN - taking action to address the twin crises of climate and ecological breakdown.
Sara Edmonds, Director at Studio seARCH, Coordinator, Architects Climate Action Network

Black Professionals in Construction Network (BPICN) – spreading careers awareness
Amos Simbo, Managing Director, Black Professionals in Construction Network (BPICN) and member, CIC 2050 Group and Managing Director, Winway Services

Thinking circular for sustainability in engineering
Penny Gowler,
Director and Head of Sustainability, Elliott Wood

Built Environment Declares
Dr Mike Cook,Chair, IStructE’s Climate Emergency Task Group

Landscape Architects respond to the Climate and Biodiversity Emergency
Luke Engleback, Studio Engleback

The challenge for developers
Sue Riddlestone,
OBE, Chief Executive, Bioregional

CHAIR

16:30 - 17:15

Big Innovation Pitch

This session will see six shortlisted innovators battle it out in a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style pitch, to become winner of the Big Innovation Pitch 2022.

Chair:
Dr Oliver Jones, Research Director, Ryder

Judges:
NatWest


Shortlisted innovators to be confirmed.

CHAIR

Oliver Jones

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Futurebuild 2022 will be curated into six sections, providing innovative solutions to address the biggest challenges facing the built environment.
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