Real estate’s role in carbon emissions is well documented and many in the sector are committed to delivering net zero projects going forward. But with a huge volume of the real estate we need already built, a conundrum over how to deal with embodied carbon has arisen. Should we demolish and build back better, or should the days of developing iconic new buildings – even green ones – be consigned to history?




    Alexa Culver

    General counsel, Environment Bank

     John Davies

    Head of sustainability, Derwent London

    Faye Dasi-Sutton

    ESG and sustainability manager, FEC Development Management

    Nektarios Gkanis

    Senior manager, commercial real estate lead, Carbon Trust

    Dr Tanja Groth

    Director, Carbon Limiting Technologies

    Anne Johnstone

    Head of ESG, Vita Energi

    Tessa Kelly

    Director of development, Habitat for Humanity

    Christopher Kerr

    Client director & head of ESG, Davitt Jones Bould

    Vivienne King

    Head of real estate social impact, The Good Economy

    Alexia Laird

    NZCBS task group for embodied carbon and sustainability director, Landsec

    Smith Mordak

    Chief executive, UK Green Building Council

    Stuart Paterson

    Head of impact, Utopi

    Stuart Patience

    Director, Hollis

    Jane Rawnsley

    Group head of corporate responsibility, M&G

    Arun Rao

    Interim principal policy and programmes officer, environment, Greater London Authority

    Simon Rogers

    Partner, Montagu Evans

    Steve Sanham

    Founding partner, Common Projects

    Laura Starkey

    Asset manager – group investments, City Developments Limited

    Lisette van Doorn

    Chief executive Europe, Urban Land Institute

    Emily Wright

    Head of content, EG



    In the midst of Soho and moments from Mayfair, Ham Yard has an urban village feel. The hotel revolves around a tree-filled garden with a bronze sculpture centrepiece by Tony Cragg. Interiors are designed by Kit Kemp in her award-winning modern British style.

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