Sustainability Delivery Group

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Delivering Environmental Net Gain

While biodiversity net gain is now embedded in legislation as well as policy, it is imperative that we maximise our opportunities to deliver wider environmental benefits for example climate resilience and social cohesion, this presentation will give a brief overview of the landscape around environmental net gain, followed by case studies demonstrating the implementation of the natural capital approach.

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Biodiversity

23 Mar 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Martina Girvan, Technical Director Ecology and Arb, Arcadis

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What Role do Energy Storage and Hydrogen Play in the Energy Transition?

This Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk will look at the critical role of energy storage in the energy transition, and will introduce Jacobs’ modelling of the optimum combination of short, medium and long duration storage solutions to meet net zero by 2050 and eliminate fossil fuelled generation by 2035, at least cost. We will further define long-term duration and take a more detailed look at hydrogen and its role in energy storage to effectively balance intermittent renewables ‘when the wind doesn’t blow’ or the ‘sun doesn’t shine’.

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Net zero

10 Mar 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Stephen Horrax, Director of Carbon and Energy Consulting, Jacobs

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Simon Bailey, Senior Associate Director and Global Hydropower Lead, Jacobs

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Net Zero and a Sustainable Future – The Role of Healthy and Resilient Soils and Associated Land Management Practices

After the world’s oceans, soil is the world’s largest active carbon store, holding 80% of terrestrial carbon, which is almost three times the amount held in the world’s atmosphere. Soil carbon and soil health are intimately linked, and with soil health come multiple other benefits, those Soil Ecosystem Services such a supporting food and fibre production to help achieve food security for all, supporting biodiversity (both above and below ground level), water filtration and flood risk reduction.

Of all the world’s enormous volume, life depends on a very thin living skin, the soil, exposed at the surface. But across one third of our land soil is degraded and we need a paradigm shift in how the critical importance of soils is understood. We should be talking about the inescapable link between human, societal and planetary health and the health of our soils, the Soil Life Nexus - there can be no life without soil, and no soil without life. The carbon cycle in the soil, and the protection of the land, are at the centre of the paradigm shift and are crucial factors in the fight against climate change. This talk will discuss the potential role of soil carbon in the journey to Net Zero and the wider co-benefits which can be achieved through sustainable soil and land management and stewardship.

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Biodiversity

23 Feb 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Bruce Lascelles, UK Director – Sustainable Land Use, Arcadis

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What Role do Energy Networks Play in Energy Transition?

This Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk will explore what role energy networks play in energy transition. We believe that there are opportunities for avoiding and deferring new infrastructure (through changes to the system design principles), to deliver infrastructure in time (through least regrets decisions combined with a robust system for agreeing anticipatory investment) and to move away from traditional solutions through better early assessment of possible solutions.

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Net zero

10 Feb 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Freddie van der Linde, Director of HV Electrical Transmission and Distribution, Jacobs

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Sultana Begum, Associate Director, Energy

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The Role of Technology in Natural Capital Accounting

In the wake of COP 26 and the forthcoming Environment Bill, natural capital is moving from a buzzword to a critical approach in helping organisations to better understand their impacts and dependencies on the natural world. However, it is often seen as quite a challenging, niche area to grasp, due in part to dense data requirements and technical processes. Technology has an important role in making natural capital accounting more accessible, achievable and accurate.

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Michael Aquilina, Environmental Consultant, Natural Capital and Environmental Net Gain at AECOM, will explore some of the challenges currently faced in the field, the key opportunity areas and how AECOM are using their award-winning Natural Capital Laboratory to apply innovative technology to a real-life project.

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Natural Capital, Digital

8 Feb 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Michael Aquilina, Environmental Consultant, Natural Capital and Environmental Net Gain, AECOM

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Nature based solutions: Introduction to the Natural Flood Management Manual

Emma will outline the NFM Manual which is due to be published by CIRIA shortly. It aims to help local groups and communities undertake flood risk management by working with nature, maximising the wider benefits achieved. The talk will outline the NFM delivery process the team has developed and concepts, methods and tools included to help users understand all aspects of developing an NFM project. The manual is focussed on NFM in river catchments and currently provides more detailed technical guidance on some of the more complex NFM measures to design and implement. Emma will bring insights from developing the manual and relate this to some of the NFM projects that Mott MacDonald is involved with in the UK.

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Flood risk

31 Jan 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Emma Wren, Natural Flood Management Lead, Mott MacDonald

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How can we Enable a Secure, Sustainable and Just Energy Transition?

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, we will introduce what the energy transition is and the key drivers behind this change. We will discuss and explore the challenges for its implementation, and what this means to us as a society.

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Net zero

26 Jan 2022

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Colin Smerdon, Head of Energy, UK and Europe, Jacobs

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Pete Adams, Vice President and Global Market Director for Power and Energy, Jacobs

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Catchment systems thinking - shifting mindsets to outcomes rather than outputs

The environmental and social agenda is continuing to gain prominence across a wide variety of sectors in the UK and with stakeholders large to small, and from policy, academia to NGOs. This is driven by the imminent need to address biodiversity loss, climate change, access to nature, and preservation of our landscapes, and central to this is land management and how we can balance the interdependencies and interests from these to deliver multiple benefits. This talk will help to unpick this nexus and present considerations for how we can develop solutions for a sustainable future.

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Social Value

16 Nov 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

James Knightbridge, Catchment Management Leader, Mott MacDonald

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How to effectively manage Natural Capital data

This Expert Talk will look at strategic services that require natural capital assessments regionally, nationally and internationally. Specifically, Jackie will examine the drivers and the processes involved, the management of the large datasets required, the datasets available for use and the communication of outputs. Jackie will also cover the issues of not having an mandated methodology, and the challenges and opportunities this presents.

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Natural Capital

20 Oct 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Jackie Fookes, Natural Capital and Ecosystem Services Lead, Mott MacDonald

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Embedding social outcomes at every stage of infrastructure delivery: what? why? how?

The past ten years have seen an expansion in the role that social considerations, social impacts, and most recently social value, play in the way that infrastructure is planned for, designed and delivered. Reflecting this, a focus on ‘social outcomes’ is a core part of Mott MacDonald’s purpose as a business. This Expert Talk will explore what it means to pursue social outcomes as part of the delivery of infrastructure, why this pursuit is not only worthwhile but essential, and how projects can embed social outcomes at every stage of the infrastructure lifecycle.

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Infrastructure, Social Value

28 Sept 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Dr James Beard, Technical Director - Social Development and Inclusion, Mott MacDonald

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Outcome-focused use of technology in environmental and social assessment

Digital approaches, tools and technology are proliferating in society and across environmental and social assessment, however questions remain about their effectiveness in achieving positive outcomes. How many of the tools remain too focused on the process rather than the underlying outcome?

In this Expert Talk, Luke will explore how appropriate application of technology can lead to technical improvements and deliver more socially inclusive and environmental outcomes, as well as explore whether inappropriate use of digital tools can hinder effective decision making, drawing on experience across numerous projects in the UK. Luke will also give a practitioner’s perspective on emerging future direction in this area.

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Digital

19 Aug 2021

Free

Speakers

Luke Strickland, Practice Lead for Environmental Assessment, Mott MacDonald

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What if… taking an inclusivity-led approach to design can help us solve our sustainability challenges?

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Lynsey Clarke, Director of Sustainability at Jacobs, will be joined by Maria Kouridou, Senior Urban Planner; Andrew Linfoot, Director of Landscape Architecture; and Rachael Blake, People and Transformation Lead in Jacobs’ Major Projects team. The panel will explore how we can place inclusivity at the heart of integrated design visions and objectives to not only influence the way we think about and approach placemaking, but also to help us drive social value and positive environmental outcomes.

This will include thinking about what we mean by ‘inclusive,’ linking to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and considering the role this plays in achieving sustainable outcomes. Drawing on Jacobs' experience, the talk will present some of the key challenges around equality and inclusion in placemaking, perspectives on good practice, the potential benefits of a more inclusive solutions-focused approach - and how by applying this we might also more successfully respond to environmental challenges such as air quality, net zero and climate resilience.

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Net zero, Infrastructure

13 Jul 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Lynsey Clarke, Global Technology Lead, Sustainability and Climate Action, Jacobs

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Maria Kouridou, Senior Urban Designer, Jacobs

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What if… there is a better way for our major programmes to deliver sustainable outcomes?

In light of the UK Government’s pledge to ‘build back greener, build back better and build back quicker,’ we must challenge today’s practices and methods to ensure we design and deliver infrastructure solutions which will meet the needs of tomorrow.

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Chris Sowerby, Head of Discipline for Sustainable Infrastructure at Jacobs, will define sustainable programme delivery and explore what it means for sustainability to be truly embedded and successful in maximising economic, social and environmental outcomes. Drawing on Jacobs' experience across a wide variety of major infrastructure projects and programmes in the transportation and utilities sectors, Chris will present examples and draw out the common factors which make sustainable programme delivery work.

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Infrastructure

29 Jun 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Chris Sowerby, Head of Discipline for Sustainable Infrastructure, Jacobs

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Dan Render, Global Technology Leader - Sustainable Program Management at Jacobs

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What if… nature-based solutions provide the answer to both the climate and ecological crises?

The scientific consensus is clear – we are facing both a climate emergency and associated ecological crisis, which the UK is trying to tackle through a number of approaches, including the 25-year Environment Plan. As a global solutions provider, Jacobs is constantly looking for approaches which provide multiple benefits and maximise the sustainability and environmental value for its clients and stakeholders.

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Penny Borton, Principal Sustainability Consultant at Jacobs, will explore the role natural capital approaches and nature-based solutions can play in meeting net zero carbon targets. The session will be informed by ongoing work with the Environment Agency in the North West region, which seeks to prioritise opportunities for carbon insetting and offsetting. Wider environmental and societal benefits will be explored, with consideration of barriers, such as trade-offs, and solutions to overcome them.

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Net zero

11 May 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Penny Borton, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Jacobs

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What if… digital by default was not just an aspiration?

As we move further into the latest industrial revolution, Industry 4.0, our understanding of the extent of the transformation that is required to embed ‘digital’ in our way of working is evolving. This session will explore how at Jacobs we are weaving innovation and digital into everything we do, leveraging technology to help solve client challenges. Jacobs has invested in a specific role – Digital Disruption Lead (DDL) – to question the status quo, incubate ideas and work with our clients to break down their challenges. This session will explore in more detail our approach to innovation and building a culture of being ‘digital by default’.

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Digital

29 Apr 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Katy Kemble, Digital Delivery Lead, Jacobs

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Do We Still Need Innovators in the Net Zero Agenda?

Innovation has been a core part of the global response to achieving Net Zero. The advancement in key technologies and the reducing cost of low carbon alternatives has been key to enable governments, businesses and individuals to make commitments that will limit the worst effects of climate change. We know that the next ten years are critical to meeting this global challenge; governments and business are increasingly translating what, only a few years ago, was emerging innovation into large scale implementation – what’s next for the Climate Innovators?

In this Sustainability Delivery Group Expert Talk, Ben Harris, UK Climate Change & Sustainability Director from Arcadis will talk about his experience of climate innovation in the UK and Europe and the innovation needed to make net zero a reality.

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Net zero

22 Apr 2021

01:00 PM

Free

Speakers

Ben Harris, UK Climate Change & Sustainability Director, Arcadis

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Supporting Industrials to Align with the TCFD

This Expert Talk will see Sarah Winnie, Managing Consultant and Nick Howard, Principal, Ramboll share the lessons learnt through Ramboll’s experience working with industrials to distinguish between decarbonisation efforts and climate risk assessment, assess physical and transition risks and align with the TCFD. This will include an overview of the challenges industrials are experiencing when trying to assess climate risks, especially across multiple geographies and markets. We will share examples of our work helping industrials navigate the long-term time horizons required for climate risk assessment and provide recommendations for how their climate-related disclosures can be improved.

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Net zero, Corporate strategy

9 Feb 2021

Free

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Sarah Winne, Managing Consultant, Ramboll 

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Nick Howard, Principal, Ramboll 

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Stakeholder and political challenges in a crisis-stricken world

This Expert Talk will present ERM’s current thinking and framework for helping companies make sense of the complex economic, commercial, political and stakeholder challenges emerging from the pandemic crisis, and how these might be managed, as well as share learnings from our LicenseSecure service, covering assessments of over 300 projects globally and outline how we’ve previously helped companies Achieve Project Outcomes, sharing case studies of how companies have managed complex issues and what these experiences might mean for you, as you manage the ongoing crisis and prepare to operate in a “post-pandemic world”.

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Corporate strategy, Risk

17 Nov 2020

Free

Speakers

Daniel Litvin, MD, Critical Resource (an ERM Group company)

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Cultivating Behaviours for a Net Zero Future

This Expert Talk will explore some of the behaviours individuals can cultivate to do their bit to reach Net Zero, and outline how an organisation can support and draw on the skills and enthusiasm of its people to reduce its carbon impact.

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Net zero, Corporate strategy

29 Oct 2020

Free

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Freya Crunden, Environmental Consultant, Atkins

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Integrating Development, Masterplanning and Net Zero

In this Expert Talk speakers Aydin Zorlutuna and George Rowberry from Arcadis discuss what this means and how impacts at a local planning policy level can be addressed.

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Net zero, Planning

28 Sept 2020

Free

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Aydin Zorlutuna, UK Director - Landscape, Masterplanning, Urbanism, Arcadis

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George Rowberry, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Arcadis

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