The 2018 conference came to a close with a resounding call for action to help deliver on the UN SDG's and particularly how to do so in the UK. All key points made by the speakers and the ecobuild audience have been published in a Conference Review, which also includes recommendations for taking action by both the industry and government.
A bold vision for the future
The conference held in 2018 focused on the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and how we could deliver them in the UK. The key message that came out of the conference was that the time to act is NOW. Looking towards the 2019 conference the vital need to act now has never been more necessary. The SDGs provide a vision for a sustainable future, but we need to connect the Goals with delivery and measurable outcomes both in the UK and as contributors to delivering the Goals overseas.
The shocking events of Grenfell Tower has shamed the whole construction industry and should change the way in which the industry operates from now on – starting with the rebuilding of public faith and confidence. The government has made international commitments and has also proposed a range of strategies for the UK including the Clean Growth Strategy, the Construction Sector Deal and the 25 Year Environment Plan. What is the industry’s vision for turning aspirations into reality? Brexit sets a further challenge. How can independent watchdogs have sufficient power to monitor the government and call it to account? How can we inspire, empower and equip all those working in the built environment to share and deliver a vision for a sustainable future? It’s time to think the unthinkable in order to act now with common purpose.