Harnessing the expertise to deliver sustainability
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, Global Technology Lead, Sustainability and Climate Action at Jacobs, 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 cities, but also to help us drive social value and positive environmental outcomes.
Lynsey will explore what we mean by ‘inclusive,’ linking to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and thinking about the role this plays in sustainable place-making and future cities. Drawing on Jacobs' experience on recent projects, the talk will present some of the key challenges around equality and inclusion, the way this is being addressed through design, and how by doing this we can also more successfully respond to environmental and sustainability challenges such as air quality, net zero and climate resilience.
Lynsey Clarke, Global Technology Lead, Sustainability and Climate Action, Jacobs
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.
Chris Sowerby, Head of Discipline for Sustainable Infrastructure, Jacobs
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.
Penny Borton, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Jacobs
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’.
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.
Ben Harris, UK Climate Change & Sustainability Director, Arcadis
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.
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”.
Daniel Litvin, MD, Critical Resource (an ERM Group company)
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.
Aydin Zorlutuna, UK Director - Landscape, Masterplanning, Urbanism, Arcadis
George Rowberry, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Arcadis
Using Digital EIA to Increase a Project’s Social Value
Join Nick Hilton, Technical Director and UK EIA Lead, and Alistair Billington, Technical Director, Wood, as they outline how to use digital EIA to increase a project’s social value. This expert talk will demonstrate and discuss a number of tools linked to key stages of the project development and application process, providing an overview of practical applications and the social benefits of digital EIA in the context of transparency and accessibility of environmental information. It will also touch upon why written outputs will remain important in order to embrace the needs of different audiences.
Nick Hilton, Technical Director and UK EIA Lead, Wood
Alistair Billington, Technical Director, Wood
Embedding Social Value Within the Professional Services Sector
In this Expert Talk Vicky Hutchinson, Environment Practice Director, Atkins, will be speaking about embedding social value within the professional services sector. Specifically, this talk will consider: where contractors and those in the professional services sector can work together, where professional services can offer unique value, and how the social value agenda adds value to the professional services sector.
Vicky Hutchinson, Environment Practice Director, Atkins
Biodiversity Net Gain and DCO Projects
Join this Expert Talk delivered by Environment Analyst's Sustainability Delivery Group where speaker Alan Kirby, Principal Ecologist at Wood will discuss biodiversity net gain and how it provides opportunities for DCO projects, but also potential issues that will ideally be solved through early project planning.
This Expert Talk will discuss what the future holds for the Strategic Road Network (SRN) in a country aspiring to reach net zero by 2050, answering questions such as: Can we solely rely on the adoption of electric vehicles to deliver a decarbonised SRN? What happens in the interim while we wait for EVs to dominate our car ownership? What role does the strategic road infrastructure itself play in shaping the future of how we travel?
Matt Tooby, Client Director, Highways (Infrastructure Division), Atkins
Pledge to Net Zero – How the Environmental Consultancy Sector is Cutting its Direct Impact
In this lively, and interactive Expert Talk, David Symons, Future Ready Leader at WSP will cover: what is the Pledge to net zero campaign, who’s already signed up and how you can be part of it, the practical actions firms can be taking to cut their greenhouse gas emissions and practical thoughts from lockdown.
Consistency & Robustness in the Appraisal & Management of Brownfield Land
Ian Evans, Technical Director, Wood, will discuss the benefits of a robust, high quality and consistent approach to the assessment of brownfield land development risks through the land planning regime and land transactional process.
Building Flood Resilient Communities in Small Island States
This Expert Talk is presented by Dr Nick Jarritt , Director – Climate Risk, Water Management & Environmental Policy, Wood. Nick is an environmental consultant with over 20 years of experience in flood risk management and environmental policy. He leads the Advisory Services team in Wood’s UK Environment & Infrastructure business.