Tuesday, 7 November
09:00 – 09:45 Registration and breakfast
09:50 – 10:00 Chair’s opening remarks

Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
10:00 – 10:30 Mobilising real estate to decarbonise

Time is running out for the built environment to mitigate the impacts of climate change. ULI set up the C Change movement to mobilise the industry to work together for a sustainable future. Since its formation, the programme has brought together a collective of leading real estate players united in their aim to accelerate and scale up the decarbonisation of our sector through sharing knowledge and providing access to practical solutions and education.

Lisette van Doorn, chief executive, Urban Land Institute
10:30 – 11:15 Panel discussion: Has carbon killed development?

Do we need to build any new buildings? Should we? Are we headed to a future where retrofit and refurb is the only option? Should we be? What impact will this have on the real estate business and the planet. In this panel discussion we will bring together teams behind some of the most iconic buildings across the UK, with the “new breed” of developer focused bringing existing buildings back into use.

Alexia Laird, NZCBS task group for embodied carbon and sustainability director, Landsec
Nektarios D Gkanis, senior manager, commercial real estate lead, Carbon Trust
Arun Rao, interim principal policy and programmes officer, environment, Greater London Authority
Simon Rogers, partner, Montagu Evans
Steve Sanham, founder, Common Projects
Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
11:15 – 11:40 Coffee and networking break
11:40 – 12:25 Panel discussion: Realities and Implications of Biodiversity Net Gain
Biodiversity net gain will soon become a legal requirement for planning permissions. This session will explore the policy and practice of BNG, the expertise and resources needed to successfully implement the requirements and the strategic opportunities for the industry to collaborate and enhance the natural environment.

Alexa Culver, general counsel, Environment Bank
Faye Dasi-Sutton, ESG and sustainability manager, FEC Development Management
Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
12:25 – 13:00 Case studies: Innovative insights

Hear more on the potential to transform the way industry approaches sustainable construction through three innovative case studies on embedding sustainability into the design and operation of space.

Engaging with residents and building sustainable behaviours
Resident engagement is essential to reducing carbon emissions. Hear from Utopi, the ESG technology specialist, on how innovative technology is having a real-world impact and how its pilot programme, Progress to Pizza, engaged residents to make more sustainable decisions.

Stuart Paterson, head of impact, Utopi
Laura Starkey, asset manager – group investments, City Developments
13:10 – 14:00 Networking lunch
14:00 – 14:40 Generating additional renewable energy across the built environment

Additional renewable energy sources are key to addressing climate change and transitioning towards a viable energy future. With increasing stakeholder demand for sustainable real estate and the need to improve resilience and meet net zero goals, this session will investigate how real estate can look to amplify and intensify its deployment of renewable energy. What do we mean when we talk about renewable energy and real estate? How can we develop renewable energy strategies, both on-site and off-site? And how can the industry address the business case for renewables at scale?

John Davies, head of sustainability, Derwent London
Dr Tanja Groth, director, Carbon Limiting Technologies
Anne Johnstone, head of ESG, Vital Energi
Stuart Patience, director, Hollis
Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
14:50 – 15:10 In conversation with Smith Mordak, new chief executive, UK Green Building Council

Smith Mordak, chief executive, UK Green Building Council
Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
15:10 – 15:40 Consider the ‘S’: Can we avert the housing crisis by turning empty spaces into homes?

The post-pandemic shift in the way we work and shop has left vast swathes of commercial property sitting vacant. Meanwhile, the shortage of housing and the cost-of-living crisis have led demand for social housing to sky-rocket like never before. Recognising that repurposing unused buildings is one of the fastest ways to provide additional housing, we hear from homebuilding charity Habitat for Humanity, which recently completed two such conversions in London and has launched a toolkit for transforming disused office and retail space, helping others to navigate the challenges around retrofitting buildings into new homes.

Laura Jockers, Global Head of ESG for Real Estate, M&G
Tessa Kelly, director of development, Habitat for Humanity
Chris Kerr, client director & head of ESG, Davitt Jones Bould
Chair: Vivienne King, head of real estate social impact, The Good Economy
15:40 – 15:45 Closing remarks

Chair: Emily Wright, head of content, EG
15:45 – 16:30 Networking

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