03-05 March 2020 / ExCeL, London
Tue & Wed 10:00 – 18:00, Thu 10:00 – 16:00

Responding to the climate emergency: Inspiring speaking line up announced for Futurebuild 2020 Arena programme

14 Jan 2020

Responding to the climate emergency: Inspiring speaking line up announced for Futurebuild 2020 Arena programme

With the general consensus that we must act now if we are to avoid an irreversible climate crisis, a game-changing Arena programme has been announced for Futurebuild 2020 focused on transforming the industry to achieve a resilient and truly sustainable environment.

The three-day programme’s central theme is how we now respond to the climate and ecological emergency facing us all. With discussions and debate led by politicians, academics and industry shapers, the programme is a catalyst for the change that is needed across the built environment.  

High profile speakers include Rory Stewart, London Mayoral Candidate; Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst; Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Clive Lewis, MP and Sir James Wates.

Day by day at the Arena – an overview

The programme opens on day one of the event (03 March) with a focus on ‘Putting the planet first’. Chaired by Baroness Brown of Cambridge DBE FREng FRS, Deputy Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, the session will explore how the industry can tackle the ecological crisis and the importance of a UK wide, cross-departmental and cross-sector approach for shared governance for the environment.

The second session asks ‘Who is in control of the climate crisis?’. Chaired by Joan Walley, Chair of the Aldersgate Group, the session will look at how we make the decisions for tackling the climate and ecological emergency in our lives and work that will have a collective impact. Within the session, Etienne Stott, Olympic Gold medallist will encourage us to act courageously to achieve change while Clive Lewis, MP puts the case for the Green New Deal.

Central to the three-day programme is how design and construction needs a circular rethink. With this in mind, ‘The future is regenerative’ session chaired by Peter Murray, Chair of New London Architecture taking place on day one will take a closer look into this and address how we can make our cities fit for purpose, our buildings net zero and champion green retrofit.

Looking more broadly, the Arena programme will not only highlight the built environment’s need to create an environmentally responsible industry but a socially responsible one too. ‘The future is ethical and inclusive’ session will look at how we tackle modern slavery and gender imbalance in construction and how we support more ethical practice and encourage young people to join the industry. The session will be chaired by Sir James Wates, CBE, Chairman of the Wates Group.

Additionally, on the second day (04 March), Cristiana Ciaraldi Jolivet of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development will chair a session on Carbon neutral cities of the future’ session. From improving mobility to urban greening, and combatting air pollution, the panel will explore the pathway to healthier, more equitable and resilient cities. Within the session, Rory Stewart, London Mayoral Candidate will host a session on achieving carbon neutral cities to ensure that what we decide to do today has benefits for future generations.

Policy and behavioural change are critical to decarbonising the built environment and this will form a key part of discussion across the Arena. ‘How to mandate change: legislation, regulations and guidance’ on day two will explore current policy context and changes required to achieve net zero. The UKGBC-led discussion will explore a range of perspectives from industry leaders including Jorge Mendonça, Executive Director, Grosvenor and Julie Godefroy, Sustainability Consultant and Technical Manager, CIBSE.

On the third day (05 March), ‘Living and working green: what behavioural changes are required to bring about a net-zero world?’ chaired by Roger Harrabin, BBC Environment Analyst will explore how designers, builders, suppliers and visitors attending Futurebuild can drive this behaviour change in policy and economics.

The second session ‘Let’s hear it from young people’ offers a platform for young people to put forward their proposals for living in a zero-carbon world. This session will hear from representatives of the UK School Climate Network and the NUS Responsible Futures Group to discuss our climate and ecological emergency action plans.

Martin Hurn, Event Director of Futurebuild commented: “The responsibility for tackling the climate emergency lies in all of our hands and we must collaborate in order to find solutions to secure our future. The Arena programme at Futurebuild 2020 has been carefully curated to facilitate thought-provoking discussion across the industry that inspires tangible solutions as we embrace the biggest single challenge we’ve ever faced as an industry – the climate and ecological emergency.

“The focus is on fostering this positive collaboration, common understanding and commitment to drive change and we want people to leave Futurebuild 2020 ready to make these changes or improvements across their sphere of influence.”

For more information about Futurebuild 2020, and to register for your complimentary ticket, visit: futurebuild.co.uk/visit  


Notes to editors:

About Futurebuild
Futurebuild is the built environment event that unites the most forward-thinking companies and organisations with industry mobilisers who hold significant decision-making power and are committed to driving positive change in their sector, and beyond.

As the industry’s catalyst for change, Futurebuild fosters collaboration, knowledge-sharing and innovation to enable the industry to do things differently.

Brands of all sizes from across the built environment attend Futurebuild to meet and share technical innovations and radical new approaches with over 27,000 industry influencers and shapers who visit the event.

At Futurebuild 2020, innovation is elevated beyond a concept and brought to life across the whole event, from the Innovation Trail featuring the most forward-thinking brands, to showcases and features, the Big Innovation Pitch and keynote stages.

Beyond its extensive exhibitor list, visitors are also drawn to Futurebuild for its industry leading knowledge programme which is dedicated to driving change and encouraging innovation through learning. The sessions on the keynote stages will share the latest thinking and research, while the conference will provide an opportunity to discuss and debate the biggest issues facing the built environment from the climate emergency, to the future of digital construction.

By changing one thing, we can change the future.

Learn more at www.futurebuild.co.uk
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