Climate Emergency Conference – THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED

March 24, 2020 8:45 am - 2:00 pm

Robinson College, Cambridge

The climate emergency is the greatest threat facing humanity. Challenging it will require society to make major changes to our lives, including in the way that the construction industry operates. We will need to rapidly transform the way we do things so that all new buildings create minimal greenhouse emissions during construction and can operate at net zero emissions.

Doing so will require us to face head on a number of regulatory, political, and technical challenges. This half day symposium will examine these issues and is designed to help participants from the construction industry, councils and the community, gain new insights into how zero carbon standards and client aspirations will impact the built environment sector.

We are delighted to have assembled a very strong line-up of industry experts to contribute to this half-day conference. The conference is supported by the City Council and South Cambridgeshire District Council, and organised together with Carbon Neutral Cambridge. There will be ample opportunity for networking and for meeting the speakers.

Early booking is recommended for what looks likely to be a very popular event!

08:45 – 09:15 Registration & coffee
09:15 – 09:30 Welcome & Introductions

9:30 Session 1: Construction Overview in a Zero Carbon Context

  • Joel Gustafsson (Max Fordham): What we mean by “Net Zero” and “Zero Carbon”
  • Clara Bagenal George  (London Energy Transformation Initiative): A climate emergency design guide
  • Sam Hunter Jones (Client Earth): The legal obligation for local plans to secure emissions reductions
  • Paul Frainer (Strategy, Cambridge Shared Planning): How can the Greater
    Cambridge Local Plan help to achieve a zero carbon economy? .

11:30 Session 2: Exemplars of zero carbon construction

  • David Richards (Atelier Ten):  Designing the WWF-UK’s Living Planet Centre
  • Linda Thiel (White Architekter): Designing the Climate Innovation District in Leeds
  • Wendy Bishop (Architype): Deep green retrofit of 1 Regent Street, Cambridge

13:10 Lunch and end of formal sessions