COP26 and beyond: Construction-led action for net zero carbon

What is COP26?

The COP26 summit will bring parties together to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The United Nation’s 26th Climate Change Conference (COP26) takes place in Glasgow on
1 – 12 November 2021. The UK is committed to working with all countries and joining forces with civil society, companies and people on the frontline of climate change to inspire climate action ahead of COP26.


COP stands for Conference of the Parties . . . that means you and me . . . and everyone else.

What does this have to do with the lighting industry?

As I said in another recent post (The Economics of Diversity: the Dasgupta Review), the conversation around climate change, biodiversity, circular economy, circular ecology, and sustainable practices in general is out there and its getting bigger and louder all the time.

But we don’t often get the chance to hear from the movers and shakers in our own backyard. What does CONSTRUCTION have to say about all of this?

The final session in the Futurebuild Lost Sessions looked at just this issue.


The speakers for Construction-led Action for Net Zero were:

  • Chair: Keith Clarke CBE: Chair of Constructionarium and the Active Building Centre
  • Bridget Rosewall CBE: Commissioner, National Infrastructure Commission
  • Mark Reynolds: Member of the Construction Leadership Council
  • Stephen Hodder MBE: Chair of the Construction Industry Council
  • Nitesh Magdani: Founder of Net Positive Solutions and Consultant to the UKGBC
  • Jane Wernick CBE: Consultant engineers HRW and member of the Edge

The point was well-made that the kind of changes that are needed will not just come from the great and the good discussing the future across boardroom tables. Bridget Rosewall said: “I think that the thing we’re forgetting here is the absolutely enormous number of small companies, and people who are not necessarily members of professional organisations. And we need to think about how we get outreach to those.
We need those small businesses.”

And that is absolutely correct. If we’re to win the day on mitigating the climate crisis and learning how to Build Back Better, then we all need to be pulling in the same direction.

You can watch this Lost Sessions webinar – and it’s well worth the hour+ that it takes.
Just click on the image:


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