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Green Infrastructure: Building a Sustainable Future

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Green infrastructure

In partnership with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Due to our growing population and increased urbanisation, it is estimated that globally we build the equivalent of a city the size of Paris every single week!

At present, the building and construction industry is responsible for almost 40% of global carbon emissions, of which 70% is from energy consumption and the remainder from construction materials. The strive for net-zero emissions would require these CO2 emissions to fall by 50% by 2030 according to the IEA. As the energy grid transitions away from fossil fuels, it is evident that the next step in the fight against climate change is tackling the carbon footprint of building materials, both the manufacture and supply of construction materials as well as the construction process itself.

As such, we invite you to join us as we ask the question: How can we build a sustainable future?

This online event will include a panel discussion with experts in construction from both industry and academia to highlight the top priorities and challenges for decarbonising infrastructure, as well as cutting-edge research in the area. There will be the opportunity for you to ask the panellists your burning questions and understand the best practices for building a greener world.

This event will be chaired by Professor Rachael Rothman - Professor of Sustainable Chemical Engineering, The University of Sheffield.

Senior Lecturer in Architectural Engineering, The University of Sheffield

Senior Lecturer in Chemical Engineering, The University of Sheffield

Managing Director at XCO2, a company that focuses on sustainable infrastructure.

Part of our 2023 festival strand


How can we respond to the climate crisis and biosphere collapse?