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The fight for sustainability will be won or lost in cities

This year's virtual annual debate will bring together leading experts from the engineering and built environment sector to discuss how cities are driving the sustainability agenda.

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Cities play a key role in delivering Goal 11 of the UN’s Sustainable Development Agenda. With two-thirds of the world’s population predicted to live in urban settings by 2030, cities are the epicentre of opportunity, jobs, technology and economic development.

Yet they also contribute to climate change accounting for at least 70% of total worldwide greenhouse gas emissions.

PM Boris Johnson recently announced significant reforms to our planning system with the mantra ‘build, build, build’. These reforms are designed to make it easier to build homes where people want to live by repurposing existing buildings.

Will this be supported by sustainable development, greener methods of construction and energy efficient buildings as we look to reduce our environmental impact?

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic and economic downturn, the Construction Leadership Council published its ‘Roadmap to Recovery’ setting out its vision to increase activity across the construction ecosystem. The outcome of the two-year plan will be a more capable, professional, productive and profitable sector achieved through:

Making progress towards delivering net zero carbon
Procuring to support whole life value
Creating a culture of innovation to improve productivity
Delivering better, safer buildings
Supporting the local supply chain
Investing in skills and training

Innovation and technology are driving sustainability alongside changes in mobility, transportation and consumer behaviour. What does this mean for infrastructure and the revival of our town centres and high streets? Will we foster sustainable cities?

One unexpected outcome from COVID-19 is the positive environmental benefits from reduction in transport and industry. As we look to rebuild our economies, rather than striving for the ‘old normal’, how can we work towards a more sustainable ‘new normal’?

Join us for a lively debate and see how our industry is shaping the sustainability agenda.

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Why attend

Discover how cities are driving the sustainability agenda
Explore what the construction sector is doing to achieve sustainable development 
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend

Sustainability, environmental and waste professionals
Research and development specialists
Strategy and innovation specialists
Product suppliers and manufacturers


Wednesday 30 September 2020
14:00 - 16:00

14:00 Welcome and introduction
        Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA

14:05 Chair’s opening remarks

14:10 Speakers will provide short opening remarks followed by chaired debate                              and discussion

Jo Gilroy, Group Head of Sustainability & Environment, Kier
Kristen Guida, London Climate Change Partnership
Dr Alex Opoku, Associate Professor in Project Management and Quantity
Surveying, University College London
Martin Powell, Global Head of Urban Development, Siemens
Davide Stronati, Global Sustainability and Climate Change Leader,
Mott MacDonald
Alex Tosetti, Chief Commercial Officer, VU.CITY

15:00 Debate and questions from the floor

15:50 Closing remarks

CIRIA members: Free
Non-members: £35 + VAT 

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