Climate and Sustainability - Delivering Net Zero

Full Day Seminar

21st Apr 2021
09:30 - 13:00
United Kingdom, United Kingdom
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Major Projects are amongst the hungriest of human activities when it comes to carbon. Re-educating clients, construction and implementation contractors and individuals to adopt a new and sustainable approach which mitigates project impact and creates a sustainable infrastructure legacy remains a huge challenge. How can the Major Projects Sector reduce their own carbon footprint and  step up to deliver the UK government’s goal of Net Zero Carbon by 2050? What steps can organisations take to ensure they can deliver carbon neutrality and minimise climate change?

Join us to learn from member organisations and partners that are playing their part in making change happen. You will also learn more about the role of the MPA’s Sustainability Ambassadors Network in creating a shared commitment to delivering net zero and building a network of sustainability professionals fully prepared for the future.

We’re delighted to have Claire Gott MBE, UK Head of Industry & CSR, WSP confirmed to chair this event.


21st Apr 2021
09:30 - Registration

This half an hour window will allow you to greet fellow delegates and familiarise yourself with the event platform before the event starts at 10.00

10:00 - Chair's introduction
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Claire Gott MBE
Head of Industry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
10:15 - Power of the Pledge - Driving accountability and transparency

A Major Projects Association Sustainability Ambassador presents the key pledges your business should be making. 

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Robin Spurr
Assistant Project Manager & Sustainability Lead
Cavendish Nuclear
10:30 - Walking the Talk - Becoming Net Zero

The first Contractor in the major projects sector to declare their business Net Zero. What does it mean and how did they achieve it?

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Kim Yates
UK & Europe Sustainability & Climate Change Lead
Mott MacDonald
11:00 - Panel Discussion: Developing the "Green Project Professional"

How do we prepare the professionals of the future for the challenges of delivering Net Zero and mitigating the Climate Emergency?

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Rachel Skinner
Institution of Civil Engineers
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William Hoare
Management Consultant
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Charles Uezzell
Associate Project Manager
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Gabriella Bossman Helland
Project Delivery Advisor
Infrastructure and Projects Authority
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Sarah Mukherjee
Chief Executive
Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
11:30 - Break
11:40 - The Net Zero project - Are we making progress?

A tag team of Major Projects Association members present snap shots of their projects that have made important steps towards a Net Zero goal. 


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Samantha Freelove
Legacy Manager
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Tim Danson
Associate Director, Sustainability
12:00 - Tools of the Trade

The Major Projects Association website shares a host of tools for the project professional working on projects aiming to be carbon neutral. John gives us a walk through some of the resources available.



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John Kerambrum
PA Consulting
12:15 - The Natural Capital Lab

Thinking ahead. Don't just think Net Zero - our planet needs Biodiversity Net Gain.

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Ash Welch
Senior Green Infrastructure & Biodiversity Specialist
12:45 - Chair's closing comments
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Claire Gott MBE
Head of Industry, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility
13:00 - Major Projects Association Sustainability Network Drop In

The Major Projects Association Sustainability Ambassador Network is a collaborative working forum on the topics of sustainability and climate change. 

The purpose of the network is to champion good practice and effective initiatives that can deliver a step change in the performance of our member organisations in the initiation and sustainable delivery of major projects that are consistent with the Net Zero commitment. 

Over 30 of our member organisations have a dedicated Sustainability Ambassador involved in the Network which has now been working together for over a year. If you'd like to know more do come along for a virtual chat and find out what we have been doing and how to get involved. 

Satish Luhar, Vice-Chair of our Sustainability Network and Consultant, The Nichols Group, will chair this session.

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Satish Luhar
The Nichols Group