Climate emergency e-conference 2023

Author: IStructE

Date published

14 July 2023

Climate emergency e-conference 2023
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Climate emergency e-conference 2023

Date published


Date published

14 July 2023



Hear about leading industry initiatives to combat the climate and biodiversity emergency

As the greatest threat to our planet, the climate emergency is a core focus for the Institution and our membership continues to lead the way globally by reducing embodied carbon in structures and addressing other important aspects of sustainability and biodiversity.

The 2023 e-conference examined our approach to getting sustainability strategies right, looking at material innovations, circular economy practicalities, and reviewing relevant Net Zero policies from around the world.

Find out what action you can take to deliver positive changes in the way buildings and infrastructure are designed, commissioned and constructed to help mitigate the effects of the climate and biodiversity emergency. 

Getting the sustainability strategy right

Working on UK public sector projects

Net-Zero around the world - what’s driving construction transformation?

Enabling innovation from an insurance company’s perspective

Material decarbonisation – where are we heading?

Designing for net zero on site

Circularity throughout the design stages

Circular Economy tools for evaluating the circularity of construction projects

15 projects in 15 minutes: Highlight reel of circular design examples


Smith Mordak, Chief Executive, UKGBC

Smith is a committed and passionate advocate for building a future economy where people, society, and ecology can flourish. Smith’s distinguished career includes leadership roles in architecture and engineering firms Buro Happold, Webb Yates Engineers, and Studio Weave, as well as authorship of several high-impact initiatives and reports, including to COP26 in Glasgow.

Emily Ahlers, Project Director, UK Government Property Agency

Emily is currently managing refurbishment projects of several heritage buildings on Whitehall to provide new office accommodation for Civil Servants. Emily is a Chartered Structural Engineer who started her career working as a structural designer in London.

Tom Harley-Tuffs Associate, Ramboll

Tom is a Principal Sustainability Consultant in Ramboll UK's Sustainable Solutions team. He is a Chartered Structural Engineer, a member of the IStructE Sustainability Panel and has over 10 years’ experience working in the UK and Singapore. Tom is passionate advocate of sustainable design, with much of his recent work focusing on how to create Net Zero Carbon buildings (both embodied in the materials and over the life of the building in operation).

Natasha Watson, Associate, Buro Happold

Natasha joined Buro Happold in 2014 and is the Embodied Carbon Lead for UK Structures. After completing her doctorate in low impact building materials in 2016, Natasha has become one of the experts leading the development of knowledge on the embodied impacts of construction materials within the construction industry. As well as the technical aspects of tackling the climate emergency, she is interested in the wider issues around equity and unconscious bias in the built environment, as well as intersectional environmentalism.

Simon Stafford, Risk Management Director

Simon is a Risk Management Director at Griffiths & Armour, one of the largest independent insurance brokers in the UK. Simon is heavily involved in construction project risk management, from design phase through to project completion, which includes liaison with architects, designers, contractors and insurers. Simon has been involved in some very large new build projects, including hospitals, residential, research facilities and commercial and also ‘non-standard’ construction projects.

Samuel Hurst, Senior Sustainability Engineer, Costain Group PLC

Samuel has worked in a wide array of sectors, from nuclear to civils and Dubai to Australia, he is now a Chartered Environmentalist and Engineer. With a particular ability in temporary works and infrastructure, his current interest is in exploring how we can actively model carbon emissions and develop reduction plans to meet client and governmental targets. Sam represents the Temporary Works Forum which aims to encourage open discussion of any matter related to temporary works.

Kirsty Sutherland, Associate, Expedition

Kirsty is a chartered engineer and works as an Associate at Expedition Engineering, where she shares her knowledge of working across the Structures, Sustainability and Construction Innovation teams. At Expedition she is joining the dots between carbon measurement, design efficiency and low impact materials with large infrastructure clients, developers and architects. Having lectured for many years at the University of Brighton she is convinced there is no wrong time in a project to talk about the Climate Emergency and the finite resources we have on our planet.

Emily Pepper, Consultant, Arup

Emily is a structural consultant in the structural engineering team in Arup Toronto and head of the Arup Canada Materials lead. Her discipline focusses are structural assessment and retrofit of existing historic structures and modern and historic masonry and timber materials.

Claire Young, Sustainability Lead, Civic Engineers

Claire is a Chartered Senior Engineer and Sustainability Lead for Civic Engineers. She has worked on a wide variety of projects ranging from the refurbishment of existing buildings, residential and commercial new buildings to new public realm infrastructure. She is incredibly passionate about working towards a more sustainable and low carbon world by playing her part as an engineer and a designer.

Sean Augustino, Senior Structural Engineer, Arup

Sean is a senior structural engineer with Arup in Washington, DC. His first passion is the intersection of structures and sustainability, in particular how structural engineers can use new practices and materials to reduce impacts on the built environment. His second passion is how buildings can be made better for the people and communities they impact.

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