Redefining Sustainability

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Carbon emissions in the built environment: Current status of emissions and activities
10:30 - 11:45
Marks & Spencer, Green Construction Board
Research Fellow
University of Leeds
Associate Director
London Infrastructure Group Arup
Green Construction Board, Infrastructure Working Group

This session provides up to date data on greenhouse emissions within our built environment, show where both the capital and operational carbon is, and what needs to be done. Presented case studies will demonstrate innovation and reductions.

Chair: Dr Paul Toyne


  • UK carbon emissions in design, construction and operation: Janniek Giesekam
  • Reducing carbon in large infrastructure projects: Heleni Pantelidou
  • Actions to reduce carbon in property management: Munish Datta
Carbon reduction in the built environment
12:00 - 13:15
Assistant Energy Manager
Land Securities
Environment Manager
Sir Robert Macalpine
UK Green Building Council
Senior Consultant
Carbon Trust
Director of Technical Reporting

A session focussed on the business case for setting science-based targets within the industry that also delves into an overview of the process of setting science-based-targets (SBTs) in an organisation. The challenges and opportunities of setting SBTs will be explored by organisations that are currently facing them.

Chair: Hannah Clement


  • Guy Rickard
  • Tom Byrne 
  • Richard Charlesworth
  • Tony Rooke
World GBC: Advancing Net Zero
13:30 - 14:45
GBC Australia
Lend Lease

In 2016, WorldGBC launched its Advancing Net Zero project with 11 Green Building Councils committing to introduce Net Zero certifications into their markets, to kick-start a market transformation towards no emissions buildings. This project was part of a global commitment made at COP21 to reduce the 84 GT of CO2 from buildings required to keep us on track to reaching 2 degrees of global warming. WorldGBC will convene a panel to discuss the role of corporate sector, the public sector, and the Green Building Council community to transition our built environment to carbon neutral. 

Chair: Terri Wills


  • Tanya Cox, GBC Australia
  • Anita Mitchell, Lend Lease
How do you create a low carbon city or neighbourhood?
15:00 - 16:30
Consultant Director of Sustainability
Useful Projects and Greater London Authority
Technical Development Director

London now (since October 2016) requires all major developments to be zero carbon. They require developers to follow the energy hierarchy;  Be mean (conserve energy, seek to be 35% more efficient than Part L of the Bldg regs),   Be lean (adopt a low carbon heat supply) and  Be green (provide 20% of the residual energy from renewables). Whilst off-setting the remaining emissions (measured using SAP) at a price of £60 per tonne over a 60 year period paid on completion/occupation of the development.Experience suggests there are a number of significant issues with this policy which a panel of experts will debate will discuss different approaches to deliver low carbon neighbourhood and active participation and views from the audience will be sort

Chair: Dan Epstein


  • Stuart Hayward-Higham 
  • Andrew Cripps
UK-GBC – How to better engage clients with embodied carbon
16:30 - 17:45
Head of Sustainability
Derwent London
UK Green Building Council
Associate Director

The release of UK-GBC’s action-oriented guidance on embodied carbon specifically aimed at paving the way for client organisations to take their first steps into embodied carbon measurement.

Chair: Natalia Ford


  • Flavie Lowres 
  • John Davies
  • Aidan Wingfield