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IEMA – Sustainable Construction Conference - FREE to attend

Following a great event in 2017, IEMA again partner with UK Construction Week to deliver Sustainable construction: playing our part conference.

The conference will run across two stimulating sessions in one essential day; the first will cover low impact construction, and tackle critical issues including materials and waste in construction, low carbon and electricity on construction sites. The second session will explore how to move from low impact to net gain, including implementing biodiversity net gain along the way, and exploring wider environmental gains. Come along to:
• Be inspired by industry experts from organisations including WSP, Skanska and Balfour Beatty
• Take the opportunity to network and connect with like-minded professionals throughout the conference

The conference is FREE to attend and your ticket also includes complimentary entry to UK Construction Week situated across the atrium at the NEC. To secure your FREE conference seat simply complete the form below to submit your interest and further details will be sent to you closer to the time.


09:00 Arrival and Registration
10:00 Chairman Address


Tim Balcon IEMA
Tim Balcon, CEO, IEMA

Tim Balcon is Chief Executive of IEMA. With solid expertise on professional skills and growing organisations, Tim is leading IEMA towards achieving its global ambition to transform the world to sustainability.

Session 1 - Low Impact Construction (10:15 – 12:40)

Assessing the Impacts and Effects of Materials and Waste in EIA
Jenny will present the findings of cross-industry work to establish a comprehensive framework for assessing the impacts and effects of materials and waste in EIA. She will highlight relevant challenges that industry faces, discuss how resolutions have been approached, and provide details of how (the currently developing) IEMA Guidance on the matter seeks to help practitioners.


Jenny Warhurst Skypeweb
Jenny Warhurst, Senior Environmental Consultant, WSP
Jenny is a highly motivated Senior Environmental Consultant with over five years’ experience in waste, resources management and sustainable development.

Playing our part in the Low Carbon Economy
Adam will outline the steps Skanska has been taking to demonstrate construction industry leadership in the low carbon economy, including providing a clear focus on construction phase carbon emissions across built environment projects, and enhancing capability to provide better whole life carbon solutions for client organisations through Skanska’s industry leading certification to the PAS2080 carbon management specification. Adam will also describe how Skanska sees carbon reduction as strongly linked to efficiency, innovation and cost reduction as well as being the right thing to do, and will highlight the largest challenges ahead.


Adam Crossley Skanska

Adam Crossley, Director of Environment, Skanska
Adam Crossley is Skanska’s Director of Environment, responsible at Senior Management Team level for environment, community investment and ethics. Adam has been with Skanska for over a decade, undertaking a variety of business change and operational support roles.

Mid-Morning Break

The Power of SH&E : gaining low impact/carbon construction
Gaining practicable and sustainable outcomes by recognising parallel risks and opportunities demands a collaborative approach across the value chain. Power profile for projects in the construction sector has been reduced through a focus on SHE risk factors that has liberated opportunities for low environmental and carbon impact from construction.


Martin Ballard Willmott Dixon
Martin Ballard, Group Environment Manager, Willmott Dixon Holdings
Responsible for environmental protection, the group’s ISO14001:2015 EMS, legal assurance and promotion of improvements for risk mitigation and opportunity realisation through best practice to support environmental sustainability performance.

Low Impact Construction - Panel Discussion


Shaun McCarthy OBE, Director, Action Sustainability & Chair, Supply Chain Sustainability School
Shaun specialises in sustainable business policy and practice. He is Chair of the Supply Chain Sustainability School, Chair of IEMA Professional Standards Committee and Non-Executive Director, Chair of Action Sustainability Asia Pacific, Non-Executive Advisor to Tarmac Sustainability Panel and Trustee of the Greenshoots Foundation Trust.

Lunch (12:40 – 13:20)

Session 2 - Net Gain in Construction (13:20 – 15:10)

Biodiversity Net Gain – translating policy into practical delivery
The 2018 National Planning Policy Framework sets out a clear requirement for net gain for biodiversity but what does this mean in practice? Tom Butterworth and Rachel Hoskin are authors (along with Julia Baker) of the soon to be published IEMA, CIEEM and CIRIA guidance on Biodiversity Net Gain, will set out what it means to deliver biodiversity net gain. Tom and Rachel have extensive experience working across the UK and at all scales of development. This talk will set out what is required to deliver net gain for biodiversity whether you are working for a local authority, a developer, a consultant or a contractor. This talk will help you translate policy into practical delivery.


rachel hoskin web
Rachel Hoskin, Senior Planning Ecologist, Footprint Ecology
Rachel works for a public sector focussed consultancy undertaking biodiversity and planning related commissions such as strategic mitigation schemes, Habitats Regulation Assessments, and preparing biodiversity related planning documents and guidance.

Tom Butterworth WSP copy

Tom Butterworth, Technical Director, Biodiversity, WSP

Tom leads the work on Biodiversity Net Gain and Biodiversity Offsetting for WSP and has over 20 years’ experience working for wildlife.

Making Gains – Strengthening Environmental Outcomes
A session exploring the long term implications of designing and building for success beyond financial performance; aiding in an understanding of how delivering strong environmental and societal outcomes, within development, can aid in long term value add.


Alex Osbourne Saponja Interserve
Alex Osbourne-Saponja, Associate – Sustainable Business, Interserve
Alex leads the sustainable business advisory team within Interserve Consulting, her main focus and expertise lies in delivering strong sustainability outcomes, underpinned by strong environmental performance.

Panel Discussion

Spencer Clubb IEMA
Spencer Clubb, Policy & Engagement Lead, IEMA
Spencer has over 15 years’ experience as a policy professional working on a wide range of natural environment and sustainability issues including biodiversity offsetting and ecosystem services.

Final words and Conference Close

Date: Wednesday 10th October
Venue: Concourse Suites 1&2, The NEC, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham B40 1NT
Time: 10:00 – 15:30 (arrival from 09:00)
Note: You do not need to be an IEMA member to attend


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