CIRIA Annual Debate – Construction’s Race to Net-Zero: Fact or Fiction?

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Wednesday 9th June, 14:00 – 16:00

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

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.

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
• Consultants
• Clients
• Contractors
• Academics
• Government and city officials
• Product suppliers and manufacturers

CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members & Buildoffsite members £35 + VAT


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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

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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 a chaired debate
and discussion

Nicky Gavron, Former Deputy Mayor of London, London Assembly Member,
Deputy Chair of the Planning Committee, and GLA Labour Spokesperson
for Planning
Sam Stacey, Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK
Andy Walker, Editor, Infrastructure Intelligence
Chris Harrop, Director of Sustainability and Marketing, Marshalls

15:00 Debate and questions from the floor

15:50 Closing remarks