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Construction's race to net zero: fact or fiction?

Join CIRIA's Annual Debate to hear leading experts discuss how construction is rising to the challenge of net zero carbon.

Online registration for this event is now closed.  If you would like to register to attend, please complete and return the booking form to Sarah Macpherson

In keeping with CIRIA's commitment to championing performance across the built environment over the last 6o years, we are offering complimentary places to early career professionals to attend our Annual Debate on 9 June 2021.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Susan Richards.

Notice for new bookings from EU/EEA customers only.
CIRIA is currently unable to directly process your transaction if you are purchasing from the EU/EEA region. If you wish to book onto this event please email your request to [email protected] and we will respond in the first instance.

The UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November, when 195 nations are expected to report back on The Paris Agreement which required signatories to commit to limiting global warming to below 2 ºC above pre-industrial levels.

Not only are nations accountable, but so are industry leaders. Construction accounts for 30% of carbon emissions in the UK. How will the sector play its part and reduce its emissions by 68% below 1990 levels in the next decade to meet the UK’s ambitious new climate target?

In this Annual Debate, leading industry experts will discuss how the built environment sector is rising to the challenge and how cities across the UK are seizing opportunities to achieve net zero.

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Why attend
Hear how policy is driving and effecting change
Debate whether the construction industry needs to undertake more extreme
measures to reduce emissions
Discover how the construction ecosystem is collaborating to reduce its
carbon footprint
Explore whether the industry will be able to achieve net zero carbon and
business goals
Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend
Sustainability, environmental and carbon professionals
Research and development specialists
Strategy and innovation specialists
Government and city officials
Product suppliers and manufacturers

Wednesday 9 June 2021
14:00 - 16:00

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

14:05 Chair’s opening remarks
Dr David Hancock, Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects
Authority,  Cabinet Office

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

Lord Deben, Chairman, Climate Change Committee
Nicky Gavron, Former Deputy Mayor of London and former alternate Chair
and Deputy Chair of the London Assembly cross-party Planning and
Regeneration Committee
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK
Andy Walker, Editor, Infrastructure Intelligence
Chris Harrop OBE, Director of Sustainability and Marketing, Marshalls

15:00 Debate and questions from the floor

15:50 Closing remarks

CIRIA members Free to attend
Early career professionals* Free to attend
Non-members £35 + VAT

*Early career professionals (with less than three years in industry), please complete and return the booking form to Sarah Macpherson to register your place.

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If you are experiencing issues registering online, please complete and return the booking form to Sarah Macpherson.
Alternatively please contact us on 020 7549 3300 or email [email protected].

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