Thursday 3 November, 10.30am - 12pm

Is the construction industry doing enough to tackle climate change?

Climate change is affecting us all. With the built environment and construction industry accounting for 38% of global carbon emissions, the sector has a responsibility to take action. But are we doing enough? What do we need to do as an industry to slow climate change and make positive steps to creating a more sustainable planet?

This webinar will discuss:

  • What impact did COP26 have?
  • Do we fully understand embodied carbon and how are we going to tackle it?
  • Are current regulations going far enough?
  • What do specifiers and manufacturers need to do to drive change?

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Speaker Biographics

Dr. Oliver Jones

Research Director at Ryder Architects

An active ambassador for net zero futures and healthy buildings, Oliver was recognised as one of the construction sector’s top 500 influencers in 2019 and as one of the UK’s top 100 sustainable design visionaries in 2021 by the UK Design Council. He leads the research activity at the award-winning international practice, Ryder Architecture.

Nitesh Mahdani

Strategic Sustainable Business Advisor

As an architect, Nitesh has worked across design, construction and operation of the built environment for more than 20 years in various design, management and strategic roles. Nitesh believes in collaboration, systems thinking and sound evidence to achieve tangible benefits. Nitesh’s visual approach to tackling problems and simple step by step guidance helps to take people on a journey.

Will Arnold

Head of Climate Action at Institution of Structural Engineers

Will is a structural engineer with a focus on the decarbonisation of the construction industry. He is passionate about helping the construction sector to maximise its positive impact on people, places and the planet. Will is a Fellow of the institution, and sits on the Institution's Climate Emergency Task Group, as well as being a member of a number of other industry steering groups including the UK Net Zero Carbon Buildings Standard, the UK Green Building Council's Whole Life Carbon Net Zero Roadmap and the RICS-led Built Environment Carbon Database initiative.

Jemma Ison

Sustainability Manager at Keystone Group

Jemma has been with the Keystone Group for five years and started her career on the Keystone Graduate Programme. Having completed the programme, Jemma settled in at IG Masonry Support as Specification Executive, providing technical project support and delivering CPD’s to Architects, Specifiers and Engineers in the UK. Jemma has played an integral role in developing the group’s sustainability strategy and in February 2022 was appointed Group Sustainability Manager, to help build decarbonisation into all business operations.


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