BUILD BETTER NOW
Why circularity should be your route to net zero
Friday 5th November 2021, 12pm-1pm
The race to zero is on! However, while we are pursuing net zero emissions now, are we in danger of jeopardising our transition to a long-term low carbon built environment?
The emissions associatedwith the use of cement, steel, aluminium and plastic in the construction andmobility sector accounts for over 10% of global emissions. As we decarboniseour energy supply it will be harder to abate emissions that remain. Somereductions in emissions can be achieved through process efficiency but many ofthe emissions associated with the use of these materials are either part of thechemical processes that create the material, or require very high temperatures whichare difficult to replace with a zero carbon source. Therefore, the best solution to reduce theseemissions is to reduce our use of these materials or innovate for newregenerative materials. Circularity offers us a way to do this while stilldelivering the buildings and infrastructure we need.
In this session we will explore how to reduce emissions through circular economy principles such as sharing assets, transforming existing buildings to meet current needs through refurbishment, extension or change of use and reclaiming and reusing materials from assets that need to be demolished. We will also discuss how designing for future flexibility and disassembly enables low carbon buildings in the future and address what actions we can take now to enable circularity to become common practice in the built environment.
This event has been organised by Ellen MacArthur Foundation, ReLondon and Zero Waste Scotland.
Olivia Finch, Portfolio Manager, Insights and Analysis team, Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Andrea Charlson, Senior advisor built environment, ReLondon
Poorav Chheda, Associate at Arup, leader of the Investment Workstream EMF / Arup Partnership, Arup
Oliver Hall, Architect and Sustainability Lead, Make Architects
Steve Gilchrist, Project Director - Development, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland
John Brown, Architect, PagePark Architects