Net Zero Construction Summit

Where construction companies can combine profitable growth with net-zero ambitions | 26th March, 2024 - Sydney

ABOUT THE EVENT

NET ZERO CONSTRUCTION SUMMIT

While most seem to recognise the imperative of taking decisive climate action, not all construction industry leaders are currently pursuing an aggressive enough strategy to deliver net-zero carbon emissions — let alone trying to achieve zero carbon footprint for their projects and business operations by 2050.

Companies from across the construction value chain — from architects and engineering firms – to materials manufacturers – to suppliers and distributors – contractors and operators— should avoid seeing actions that lead to decarbonisation as yet another check-the-box compliance exercise. Rather, it’s a huge opportunity for companies to generate profitable growth and differentiate themselves in the market using decarbonisation strategies.

The Net Zero Construction Summit will provide a forum for industry leaders to come together to discuss the policies, strategies, materials and technologies necessary to decarbonise the construction of buildings and infrastructure.

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Event Speakers

Meet Our Speakers

The Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong

Minister for Fair Trading and Better Regulation, Building, Innovation, Technology, and Industry, NSW Government

Ehssan Veiszadeh

Roads Australia, CEO

Davina Rooney

CEO, Green Building Council Australia

Joe Karten

Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, Built

Ian Porter

Strategic Advisor, Net Zero, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts

Teresa Scott

Executive Director, Australian Procurement and Construction Council

Alison Scotland

Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council

Matt Hunter

Former Group Manager Environment and Sustainability, Downer

The Program

Net-Zero Construction Summit will bring together senior leaders to discuss the following topics:

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Conference Schedule

Tuesday | 26th March 2024

08:30

Conference registration & networking

09:00

Welcome remarks

09:05

Chairman’s welcome and interactive poling

Hudson Worsley, Chair, MECLA

THE ROAD TO NET-ZERO – CHALLENGES & OPPORTUNITIES

09:15

The Infrastructure Net Zero Initiative – Creating pathways to Net Zero

Creating a clear path to reach net zero emissions requires close collaboration between government and industry. In order to reach the goal, things need to be done differently with immediate priority given to defining net zero for infrastructure, reaching alignment between public and private sectors, uplifting capability in the supply chain and procuring for net zero.  

In this session we we’ll discuss why decarbonising infrastructure has a crucial role to play in supporting Australia’s net zero ambitions and find out how key stakeholders are working together to lift decarbonisation ambitions across the sector. 

Panellists include:
Ehssan Veiszadeh, Roads Australia, CEO
Davina Rooney, CEO, Green Building Council Australia
Ian Porter, Strategic Advisor, Net Zero, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Regional Development, Communications and the Arts
Teresa Scott, Executive Director, Australian Procurement and Construction Council
Facilitated By:
Mike Kilburn, Director, IInfrastructure Net Zero Initiative
09:55

PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION: The current state of play for Net Zero construction

As a significant contributor to emissions and global warming the construction industry has taken substantial steps to address its negative environmental impact. In this engaging session, we delve into the proactive strategies that have been implemented to curb emissions, achieve greater sustainability, and bring us closer to Net Zero. 

  • Assessing the impact of construction on the environment and the nexus between nature and net zero
  • What are the most important considerations when developing a comprehensive net zero strategy?
  • Getting buy in from management and clients to walk in the right direction
  • Evaluating Scope 3 protocols to enhance your net zero objectives and sustainability outcomes
  • Working with suppliers to reduce your carbon output – leveraging environmental product data (EPD) and sustainable fuels and materials
  • What else can the industry do to enhance its net zero footprint across all stages of A1-5
Panellists include:
Fiona Bowie, Director of Transformation and Sustainability, North Western Program Alliance
Joe Karten, Head of Sustainability and Social Impact, Built
Matt Hunter, Former Group Manager Environment and Sustainability, Downer
Abigail Heywood, National Sustainability Manager, Lendlease
David Fox, Group Sustainability Manager, CPB Contractors
Facilitated by:
Carol Battle, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Autodesk Construction Solutions
10:30

CASE STUDY: AW Edwards - The role of innovation in achieving Net Zero goals

In association with parent company, Bouygues, AW Edwards have joined as signatories of the Paris Agreement. As part of this they have set some ambitious targets in carbon reduction. In this case study we hear how they went about achieving these goals as part of their approach to the circular economy.  

  • Unpacking the objectives of our ‘Green Light strategy’ to achieve a 40% reduction in carbon by 2030, as well as a 30% reduction in their Scope 3 
  • How we worked with our in-house innovation team to implement the first hydrogen generator and battery energy storage system to achieve zero emissions 
  • Developing a quarterly carbon trajectory report to measure embedded carbon reduction progress and better track emissions from 2021  
  • Recognising the importance of a circular economy approach – Using worm farms and compost sites to reduce food waste onsite and recycling materials for use on other projects 
Tanzin Authoi, Senior Sustainability Coordinator, AW Edwards
10:50

Networking & refreshments break

11:20

Interactive Round Table Discussions

In this session we bring together delegates for a series of 30 minute facilitated round table discussions with leading industry experts. Join the table that most interests you, discuss hot topics and share ideas for solving some of the biggest challenges being faced on the road to Net Zero. 

Round Table 1: Building net-zero buildings
Moderated by: Jorge Chapa, Chief Impact Officer, GBCA 


Round Table 2:
Measuring embodied carbon
Moderated by: Katie Eyles, Sector Lead; Accelerating Net-Zero Buildings, NABERS

 

Round Table 3: Examining the role of circular economy and systems thinking in delivering net-zero outcomes and sustainable cities
Moderated by: Alison Scotland, Executive Director, ASBEC 


Round Table 4:
Carbon Accounting
Moderated by: Andrew Thai, National Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property Industrial

Round Table 5: Examining can the industry do to help reduce embodied carbon within construction materials?
Moderated by: Prof. Tuan Ngo, Research Program Leader – Building Transformation, Building 4.0 CRC & DBI


Round Table 6: What are the most important considerations when developing a comprehensive net zero strategy?

Jorge Chapa, Chief Impact Officer, GBCA
Katie Eyles, Sector Lead; Accelerating Net-Zero Buildings, NABERS
Alison Scotland, Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
Andrew Thai, National Sustainability Manager, Frasers Property Industrial
12:00

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

The Hon. Anoulack Chanthivong, Minister for Fair Trading and Better Regulation, Building, Innovation, Technology, and Industry, NSW Government
12:20

Steel decarbonisation and BlueScope’s transition pathway in Australia

An overview of sustainability and climate action at BlueScope, including the key enablers for BlueScope and the broader steel industry to achieve net zero by 2050. 

Pip Stone, Sustainability Manager, BlueScope Steel
12:40

Lunch & networking break

13:40

Interactive polling

13:45

INNOVATION TALKS

A simple route to reducing carbon emissions in the race to net-zero is to design and build smarter. By this, we mean reducing the volume of materials required in construction, reusing/repurposing where possible, and opting for high-performance materials with superior efficiency credentials.

Talk 1: Energy Sustainability 
Chris Parratt, Country Director, ANZ, AMPD Energy

Talk 2: Sustainable tool washing and maintenance

  • Washbox uses recycled water for tool washing, making it a cost-effective choice for Painters, Plasterers, Blocklayers, Tilers, and other trades.
    It features a filter system that captures solids for easy disposal. 
  • The system recycles wash water for continuous use, eliminating the need for water replacement. 
  • Washbox is fully mobile and requires no plumbing connections for water supply or discharge. 

     Andrew Crimston, Founder and CEO, Washbox 


Talk 3
: Low Carbon Concrete 
Concrete is the most used building material on the planet and worldwide demand for concrete is second only to water. In fact, concrete is responsible for 50-85% of the embodied carbon in any building project, and cement accounts for 7% of all global carbon emissions. It is therefore no surprise that the building and construction sectors have been focusing on the cement and concrete industry for solutions to decarbonise. Demand for low carbon cement and concrete has been growing steadily over the past decade and is expected to grow further in coming years. 

 

Talk 4:  Net-Zero Timber 
Energy-intensive materials used in construction are responsible for the bulk of carbon emissions, whereas increasing the use of timber and wood can help drive decarbonisation. In fact, life-cycle assessment studies have found that timber products absorb and store more carbon than is emitted through their production. 

 

Facilitated by: 
Craig Rodgers, Built Environment Technology Lead, TSA 

Chris Parratt, Country Director, ANZ, AMPD Energy
Andrew Crimston, Founder and CEO, Washbox
Facilitated by:
Craig Rodgers, Built Environment Technology Lead, TSA
14:25

PANEL DISCUSSION: NET ZERO INFRASTRUCTURE

As the urgency for sustainability grows, the infrastructure sector’s pivotal role in achieving net-zero emissions takes centre stage. In this panel we explore the industry-led transformations, technologies and innovative approaches driving the sector towards a sustainable future. 

  • Defining the construction industry’s role in driving sustainability and accelerating net-zero practices? 
  • Examining collaborative ecosystems’ impact on industry stakeholders and creating alignment on net-zero goals 
  • Net Zero gamechangers – Which new construction technologies will accelerate the net zero infrastructure transition?
  • The link between infrastructure and sustainable development – taking an integrated approach to tackle climate change 
  • Addressing issues of concern in relation to global supply chain and material demand 
Panellists include:
Mark McKenna, Global Director ESG and Sustainability, Arcadis
Karin Wallin, Sustainability Operations Lead, Laing O’Rourke
Mark Simister, Former Head of Infrastructure, Mace Group
Tim Walker, Environment and Sustainability Operations Manager, McConnell Dowell
Matt Wilton, Offer Development and Transformation Manager, Hanson
Facilitated by:
Alison Scotland, Executive Director, Australian Sustainable Built Environment Council
15:05

Leveraging digital innovations for sustainable project implementation

This presentation explores the role of digital innovation in driving sustainability and change in major projects. Specifically it will focus on the crucial aspect of measuring and reducing carbon emissions throughout the project lifecycle. 

One key factor in achieving this goal is the effective utilisation of data during the design and construction phases. By standardising and implementing data practices, especially in the context of major projects, teams can integrate improved decision-making processes throughout the project’s duration. This approach allows for timely adjustments and optimisations, as opposed to making limited changes at the project’s end. 

Carol Battle, Principal Sustainability Consultant, Autodesk Construction Solutions
15:25

Afternoon coffee & networking break

SYSTEMS THINKING AND SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION

16:00

CASE STUDY: Quay Quarter - Advancing Net Zero and sustainability through innovative planning and design

Fred Holt, Partner, Australia Director, 3XN
16:20

Presentation: Hanson’s commitment to global sustainability

This presentation aims to outline Hanson’s belief of companies that succeed in the future will be those that continuously invest in people, innovation, environment and ethical governance – and focus on delivering long-term benefits, not just immediate goals.

Matt Wilton, Offer Development and Transformation Manager, Hanson
16:40

CLOSING PANEL DISCUSSION: Systems thinking, sustainability and the circular economy

In this session we explore how a systems thinking approach creates a lasting path towards sustainability. With a focus on A1 to A5 emissions, we will highlight the critical importance of managing the industry’s ecological footprint as part of an interconnected and interdependent system. 

  • Explore how a circular economy approach in design can cut waste, lengthen product lifecycles and boost resource efficiency for sustainable construction and net-zero goals 
  • Managing scope 3 emissions and tackling supply chain issues to improve carbon measurement across an interconnected process 
  • How innovation and collaborative partnerships can drive circular practices and holistic thinking for a sustainable construction ecosystem 
Panellists include:
Andrew Durant, Supply Chain Sustainability Lead, Laing O’Rourke
Jessamine Welsh, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Spark
Cameron Ginn, Environment & Quality Manager – Northern & Central Construction, Fulton Hogan
Valentina Petrone, Circular Economy Lead, WSP
Laura Guccione, Senior Sustainability Technical Advisor, BlueScope Steel
Facilitated by:
Monica Richter, Senior Manager Low Carbon Futures, WWF
17:20

Cocktails & networking

18:00

Close of Summit

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