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Circularity in the built environment: an impossible dream?

An evening debate focusing on if and how the construction industry can change its deeply embedded practices and embrace new approaches to sustainability.


The construction industry is the largest consumer of resources in the UK; with approximately 400 million tonnes consumed every year. Construction, demolition and excavation (CD&E; including dredging) also generated around three fifths (61%) of total UK waste in 2016.

The Infrastructure Carbon Review (ICR) (2013) identified infrastructure as contributing a significant risk to the UK’s ability to meet its 80% emissions reduction target from 1990 levels by 2050. The adoption and implementation of circular economy and materials resource efficiency on building and infrastructure projects is increasingly seen by many as critical to industry’s drive to tackle over reliance, excessive disposal and unsustainable use of resources.  Increasingly planning policy such as the emerging London Plan is placing requirements on developers to calculate whole lifecycle carbon emissions and demonstrate actions taken to reduce lifecycle carbon emissions.

There is growing awareness of the concepts amongst clients, designers and contractors, but a key challenge remains in adoption. The fourth annual CIRIA debate, sponsored by Grosvenor, will focus on how the construction industry can change its deeply embedded practices and embrace new approaches to sustainability.

17:00 Registration
17:30 Chairs Introduction
17:40 Opening panel remarks
18:10 Audience questions & debate
19:00 Networking reception
20:00 Close

  • Robert Spencer, Director, Sustainable Development, EMEA, AECOM (Chair)
  • Dr Jacquetta Lee Reader in Sustainable Systems Analysis, Director – Practitioner Doctorate in Sustainability Programme, Centre for Environment and Sustainability, University of Surrey
  • Nitesh Magdani, Group Director Sustainability, Royal BAM Group nv
  • Emily Hamilton, Senior Sustainability Manager, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland 
  • Dan Epstein, Consultant Director of Sustainability, Useful Projects

Who should attend
Sustainability, environmental and waste professionals, research and development specialists, strategy and innovation specialists, consultants, clients, academics, product suppliers and manufacturers etc.

Event sponsored by 

Supported and hosted by


Thursday 23rd May 2019
17:00 - 20:00


Hosted by AECOM
16th Floor, Aldgate Tower, 
2 Leman St, 
London, E1 8FA


CIRIA members: free
Other attendees: £50 + VAT
Registrations will be closed on Wednesday 22 May at 12:00

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16th floor, Aldgate Tower 2 Leman Street LONDON E1 8FA

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