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CLC plans at COP26

Posted: 22nd October 2021

As the world prepares for COP26, the time for action and concrete agreement to reduce carbon emissions and invest in our future is now. Government and industry have a crucial opportunity to agree tangible commitments, benefitting future generations across the world.

Our role as part of the Built Environment and Construction Sector (which accounts for 38% of global carbon emissions) is vital. The Construction Leadership Council’s Construct Zero programme is leading the industry’s drive to net zero and is excited today to announce its confirmed line-up for ‘Construction:

The Built Environment’ at COP26 on 11 November. The role of our industry young professionals, working in partnership with industry leaders is fundamental to delivering on Net Zero. We have already seen their passion, and heard some of their fantastic ideas through the youth COP summit in Milan and our own CLC young people’s summit.

We are delighted to facilitate the voice of young professionals at the heart of this session by allocating 50% of our tickets to them. We are also pleased to confirm our session will be cochaired by Sarah Linnell (Cundall). Sarah brings with her an exciting array of relevant knowledge and experience as a structural engineer turned sustainability engineer.

We hope this will provide a great opportunity for young people to engage at this session and work with our industry leaders. We know construction is unique with its local, regional, national and global footprint. We will hear from Actuate UK, Saint Gobain and the Construction Industry Council on how they, as Construct Zero partners, are already advancing the importance of retrofit, materials, and design/professional services in delivering Net Zero. We will debate some of Construct Zero’s priorities with four of our current Business Champions (Keltbray, Costain, Atkins and Travis Perkins), identifying some of the challenges they face, and opportunities to share best practice.

We will be releasing ‘Building a Greener Britain’. This exciting film reaches out into local communities, demonstrating some of the great work taking place across the sector.

Streamed online through COP26’s YouTube channel, we are bringing the challenges and opportunities of Net Zero to industry, leaders, SMEs, young industry professionals and the general public. If you want to make a difference to our growing sector, understand in detail how colleagues have overcome similar barriers to what you are experiencing, or have a group of interested young emerging professionals, please sign up and register for the event!