The future of construction – delivering on COP26 outcomes

01 December 2021 , CIRIA Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane London, EC1A 9PN

Join in person for CIRIA’s annual lecture and networking reception to round off our 60th anniversary celebrations. Influential speakers will share key outcomes from COP26 and how the construction and built environment sector needs to respond.


The UK is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in November. Gain insight into the outcomes from COP26 including the construction workshop exploring:

• the global challenges of delivering net zero in construction and the built environment
• the combined power of industry and Government in delivering net zero
• how the future of the construction sector will pivot to meet the challenge

CIRIA’s new Executive Chairman, Dr David Hancock, will share his views on the construction industry, the government’s agenda, CIRIA’s achievements over the past 60 years and how it is positioning itself for the future. David will discuss how the industry needs to evolve referencing the following Government initiatives which he is actively supporting:

• Climate change action
• Building safety
• Digital transformation
• Modern methods of construction (MMC)


17:30 Registration and networking
18:00 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
18:05 The future of construction: key outcomes from COP26
Lee Rowley MP, Construction Minister, Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
18:30 The future of construction: new ways of working Dr David Hancock, Chair, CIRIA Executive Board and
Construction Director, Infrastructure and Projects Authority, Cabinet Office
18:55 Closing remarks
19:00 Networking drinks


Wednesday 1 December 2021
17:30 – 20:00


Griffin Court, 15 Long Lane
London, EC1A 9PN


This member-exclusive event is *free to attend for all CIRIA members and our specialist interest groups including:

• Buildoffsite

• Driving Net Zero Carbon Community of Practice

• Managing Construction Risk Community of Practice



*Places are limited: a maximum of three registrations per company will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.


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