New London Architecture

Net Zero

Bringing the built environment together to discuss solutions for a low carbon future for London

To meet the Paris Agreement declaration and limit global average temperature rise to 1.5 degrees above pre-industrial levels, the Mayor of London has declared a climate emergency, committing to become carbon neutral by 2050, followed by the UK Government who passed a legally binding law to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050. The built environment currently accounts for at least 40% of the total carbon emissions in UK, and massive changes are needed from the sector to drastically reduce the environmental impact on the planet. This will require all new buildings to be net zero carbon by 2030 and all existing ones by 2050. 

How does COVID-19 impact on the ambition for London to be Zero Carbon? Can the capital develop a green recovery strategy that support the economy and the creation of while addressing the climate challenge? What would be the role of the build environment in the green recovery? 

This year-round programme brings together built environment professionals and decision makers to share best practise and accelerate solutions to stop climate change and create a greener, zero-carbon London. 

  • Achieving net zero
  • Green Recovery
  • Circular Economy and sustainable materials
  • Green infrastructure
  • Retrofitting

  • Net Zero Expert Panel, July 2020
  • Research, digital paper, October 2020

2019 – Net-zero: key agenda for London, Think Tank
2019 – Designing for a changing climate — towards zero-carbon London Half-day conference, 
2019 – Living Walls — London Wall Place, Study Tour
2019 – Past and future heroes — inspiration for a sustainable future, NLA talk at FutureBuild 2019
2018 – Embedding the circular economy in London, Half-day conference
2018 – Natural Cities: Can London become the ‘greenest global city’? Breakfast Talk
2018 – How can businesses contribute to London’s clean air? Lunchtime talk
2018 – The future of sustainability certifications, Think Tank
2018 – London’s air pollution — ideas for a healthier and greener city, NLA event for EcoBuild 2018
2018 – Building a carbon neutral London — an architects’ response, NLA event for EcoBuild 2018
2018 – London 2050: is a greener, zero-carbon city possible? Pecha Kucha


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Ashley Bateson, Partner, Hoare Lea
Ashley is passionate about designing a built environment that supports wellbeing and resource efficiency. With a background in building services engineering specialising in sustainable development, he has experience across on a range of sectors including mixed-use development, workplace and educational buildings. Vice President of CIBSE and member of RIBA Sustainable Futures Group.
Craig Robertson, Head of Sustainability, AHMM
Dr Craig Robertson is Head of Sustainability at AHMM architects. He is an architect, researcher and teacher with expertise in environmental design and engineering. He completed his PhD at the UCL Energy Institute focusing on the potential for energy consumption information to inform and justify strategic and detailed building design decisions. At AHMM, Craig leads the sustainability agenda through the building performance team, supporting design teams with performance analysis, environmental input, post occupancy evaluation and research. He teaches and lectures in sustainable design, sits on the RIBA’s Sustainable Futures group, is a member of LB of Haringey’s quality review panel and is currently leading a Knowledge Transfer Partnership research project with UCL’s Bartlett School of Energy and Environmental and Resources into the implications of Net Zero Carbon on high density, mixed use urban developments.
Gary Clark, Principal, Science and Technology Regional Leader, HOK London Studio    
With a career spanning over three decades, Gary has worked for some of the UK’s most highly respected practices on significant projects, and joined HOK in 2019.
He has recently been appointed as visiting professor of sustainable architecture at Queens University Belfast. He is Chair of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) Sustainable Futures Group, where he led the creation of the new RIBA 2030 Challenge and sustainability guidance
Hero Bennett, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Max Fordham LLP
Hero Bennett is Principal Sustainability Consultant and Partner at Max Fordham. Hero is a Chartered Environmentalist leading Max Fordham’s Sustainability team who are currently involved with setting zero carbon strategies on a number of projects and advise on all aspects of sustainability including whole life carbon and embodied carbon. Hero has broad technical expertise cutting across multiple areas from environmental design and energy to health and wellbeing issues, working on high profile buildings and masterplans. Hero also updated Max Fordham’s Sustainability Matrix, a sustainability communication tool for publication in 2010.
Juliette Morgan, Head of Sustainable Development, British Land
Juliette is responsible for sustainability across British Lands’ 4.5m sq ft development pipeline, standing assets and refurbishment schemes. She has a specialist interest in low carbon construction materials and reducing embodied carbon. Her studies in this field include a CISL course in Sustainability Leadership (University of Cambridge) and Bamboo U alumnus – building with bamboo. She has led British Land’s move towards timber construction in CLT 
(cross laminated timber).  Prior to this she asset managed 2m sq ft at Regent’s Place (£2bn) repositioning the asset with a central focus on sustainability and long-term stewardship. Previous experience is in the US on $800m development schemes in technology districts and has a background in consulting to government and developers in real estate for technology companies. 
Luisa Brotas, Senior Sustainability and Climate Change Officer, London Borough of Hackney
Luisa is an architect and has a PhD in Daylighting and Planning. She has a profound knowledge of subjects associated with sustainability in the built environment gained in 20 years of experience in research and academia, including a role as Course Leader of an MSc Architecture, Energy and Sustainability at London Metropolitan University. Luisa is currently working at the London Borough of Hackney as the Senior Sustainability and Climate Change Officer within the Planning Service.  
Marion Baeli, Partner, PDP London Architects
Marion is an award-winning architect with a portfolio of work that involves re-imagining and refurbishing sites for new uses and also creating new places. Passionate and authoritative on low energy design and issues surrounding net zero carbon, she approaches sustainability with a pioneering attitude, she is author of ‘Residential Retrofits, 20 case studies’.
Nils Rage, Sustainable Design and Innovation Manager, Landsec
Nils leads sustainable design and innovation in planning and construction at FTSE 100 real estate leader Landsec, shaping a £3bn development pipeline in London and having developed Landsec’s net zero carbon strategy. One of GreenBiz 2019 “30 Under 30” leaders, Nils is a double MSc graduate and a graduate of the Harvard Executive Education for Sustainability Leadership program.
Sonal Jain, Sustainability Director, JLL
Sonal is a Sustainability Director at JLL, the global professional services company specialising in real estate. Sonal is responsible for delivering on JLL’s sustainability leadership programme, Building a Better Tomorrow, focussing mainly on driving sustainability best practice within our own workplace and client services. Sonal also leading on the implementation of  JLL’s net zero carbon commitment which covers decarbonisation of JLL’s estate, educating staff on net zero, influencing the industry to scale up action and supporting clients on their net zero transition.
Douglas Phillips, Senior Environmental Analyst, Historic England
As the Senior Environmental Analyst at Historic England, Douglas is helping lead the organisation’s current embodied carbon and retrofit projects. In addition to his MSc degrees in Sustainable Energy and Environment (Cardiff University) and Low Carbon Technologies (University of Leeds), Douglas completed his PhD in 2018. Before moving to Historic England, Douglas worked in strategic consulting, specialising in the circular economy and the bioenergy sector.
Paul Dipino, COO, Joseph Homes
Paul is a member of the Royal Institution of chartered surveyors and has 25 years’ experience in the property industry. He started in the industry at Healey and Baker and then Morgan Williams before moving into investment and development.
Paul is currently COO of Joseph Homes a multi award winning, B-Corp Certified developer that’s mission is to build better homes for a better world. Through its Livewell manifesto it has set out to build healthy homes that are energy positive, have no embodied carbon and great indoor air quality. Joseph Homes has recently also signed the WGBC Net Zero buildings Commitment.
Derek Wilson, Senior Sustainable Development Supervisor, TfL
Derek is the Senior Sustainable Development Manager at Transport for London, where he leads the company’s efforts around economic development, environmental stewardship, and social impact across its 5,700 acre property estate. A chartered surveyor and transport-oriented development specialist with degrees in land economics and sustainable urban development, Derek has been responsible for the creation of TfL’s Sustainable Development Framework and the zero carbon pathway it has enabled for a property development portfolio of more than 10,000 homes.
Tom Steel, Director, Heyne Tillett Steel
Tom has over 20 years’ experience and is passionate about low-embodied carbon structural design. He leads the practice’s Sustainability Group and was fundamental to the development of the HTS + Carbon Counter tool. Much of Tom’s work has involved the adaption and extension of existing structures and overcoming the challenges of building on constrained sites within London. He enjoys the building process and engineering that challenges, engages and inspires.
Nathan Millar, Principal, Sustainability, Elementa Consulting 
Nathan provides specialist environmental design and sustainability consultancy for projects around the globe. With environmental experience both in the public and private sectors, he joined Elementa from Foster + Partners, where he led the development of sustainability and environmental strategies on a variety of projects, along with project management and coordination as part of a multi-disciplinary design. Nathan has experience of integrating strategic sustainability guidance, microclimate design, and sound infrastructure strategies for development of all scales – whether a building or urban infill masterplan. Additionally, Nathan has been involved in a variety of formalised sustainability frameworks such as LEED, BREEAM, Living Building Challenge, One Planet Living, and Home Quality Mark.
John Davies, Head of Sustainability, Derwent London
John is the Head of Sustainability at Derwent London plc, and is responsible for leading the company wide sustainability and responsibility agendas. He is a recognised sustainability expert in the commercial property sector and has been instrumental in creating a number of industry leading sustainability programmes and strategies. Prior to joining Derwent London John was Head of Sustainability at Davis Langdon LLP where was responsible for developing and delivering its range of sustainability services.  
Charlie Scott, Board Director, Waterman
Charlie is a Board Director of Waterman Structures and has a passion for design excellence and sustainability. He has championed the design of passively-cooled office buildings, implementing this at landmark projects such as Quadrant:Mk and the Ordnance Survey HQ. His portfolio also includes many award-winning buildings such as Victoria Gate in Leeds, Buckingham Green, 1 and 2 New Ludgate, Bart’s Square and this year’s World Architecture Festival award-winner, The Bower.
His commitment to creative design and innovation in engineering punctuates his career, and this has been a key theme throughout his speaking engagements and editorial commitments. Charlie is a driving force behind some of Waterman’s internal initiatives, launching the Architectural Engineering team, a company-wide sketch club and the Engineers Forum as platforms for knowledge sharing and to boost staff presentation skills. He is also a member of the Waterman Zero Carbon Taskforce, driving research and developing tools and techniques to optimise designs, whilst reducing embodied and whole-life carbon.
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