Minimising carbon emissions using (precast) concrete

04 July 2023 , Webinar Add to calendar

Join this webinar featuring practical examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete.

The manufacture and use of cement in mortar and concrete accounts for around 8% of carbon emissions worldwide, so anything that can be done to reduce the roughly 600 kilograms of carbon dioxide released for every tonne of cement produced must be done to help the overall drive towards Net Zero.

Around 30 billion tonnes of concrete are used every year, which represents a 3-fold increase on a per capita basis in last 40 years. It is a versatile and long-lasting construction material but has a colossal carbon footprint.

Reducing the cement content and using alternative materials such as slag and fly ash reduces the environmental impact of concrete, but the carbon emissions are still significant. As coal is phased out supplies of fly ash will diminish, and there is an inherent risk in moving away from a tried and tested formula.

The webinar, hosted by Buildoffsite and CIRIA’s Driving Net Zero Carbon and Managing Construction Risk Communities of Practice (CoP), will showcase examples of good practice seeking to minimise carbon emissions from the use of (precast) concrete in all its forms whilst also considering the construction risks.

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Driving Net Zero Carbon CoP brings together sustainability practitioners from across multiple sectors and disciplines within infrastructure to help the Government drive the pathways to NZC 2050. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dr Andy Moores.

Managing Construction Risk CoP brings together practitioners from the construction and insurance sectors to help improve the management of risk and financial performance. For more information and to get involved, please contact Dirk Vennix.

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

Why attend

  • Discover how the use of (precast) concrete could significantly minimise carbon emissions and construction risks
  • Hear examples of good practice
  • Understand the perspectives of key stakeholders
  • Earn valuable CPD

Who should attend

  • Construction practitioners
  • Environment, sustainability and carbon leads within the infrastructure sector (transport, housing, development, energy, etc)
  • Policy makers and regulators leading on net zero carbon
  • Research community – to disseminate findings and understand needs to enhance research impact


10:00 Welcome and introduction
Dirk Vennix, Chief Executive, CIRIA
Dr Kat Ibbotson, Chair, Driving Net Zero Community of Practice and Director Strategic Advisory, WSP

10:10 Setting the scene: Decarbonisation Task Force
Andy Mulholland, Managing Director, Amcrete

10:25 Client perspective
Said El-Belbol, Principal Advisor/Team Leader (Concrete and Corrosion Protection), Structures and VRS Group, National Highways

10:35 Consultancy perspective

10:45 Insurance perspective
Andy Kane, Head of Construction and Engineering, QBE European Operations

10:55 Contractor perspective: Tagging and tracking system used at HMP Millsike
Oliver Brooks, Project Manager, Kier Group

11:05 Manufacturer perspective
Peter Deegan, Director, Banagher Precast Concrete

11:15 Interactive discussion and Q&A with the audience, speakers and panellists
Andy Powell, Innovation Manager – Engineering & Technical Assurance, Environment Agency
Ken Davie, Industry Advisor, Buildoffsite

11:55 Closing remarks

Additional Information

Buildoffsite and CIRIA members Free to attend
Non-members £75.00 + VAT

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