Towards a Net Zero Carbon future – Are we on track?

8.15am – 10.30am, Thursday 11 November.

The Elliott Suite, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce.

We are delighted to be hosting an in-person live debate to explore whether we are on track for a net zero carbon future and what our priorities need to be? We’ve brought together a panel of expert speakers to help demystify some of the issues around this subject.

To register for this event, please email: 

Once registered, we will send you full details for the morning. As places are limited, we recommend confirming your attendance, via the above email, as early as possible.


The agenda for the morning is as follows:

  • 8.15am – Doors open for registration, breakfast and networking
  • 9.00am – Welcome, introductions and panel discussion
  • 10.00am – Q&A
  • 10.30am – Close and networking.


As we emerge into a ‘post-Covid’ world, it’s even more important that we reset our commitments globally towards achieving a net zero future.

Between 1-12 November this year, the UK Government is hosting COP26 in Glasgow. The bar is set extremely high for all nations to come together and commit to a series of actions and measures that give us the best chance of arresting climate change, by changing our behaviours across the construction industry.

As we know, there are an increasing number of initiatives out there across the public and private sector, all with the intention of sharing and driving best practice. While all have “closer collaboration” as key to achieving our collective goals, it’s easy for the threads to get lost as more and more initiatives come to the forefront.

It’s generally accepted that around 80% of the buildings we occupy will still be in use in 2050 – the key date by which most countries are committed to a net zero carbon future. Yet with so much focus on how construction technology can achieve this for new buildings, are we focussing enough emphasis on how we reduce carbon emissions from our existing building stock and make them energy efficient at the same time?

We’ve brought together a panel of experts to help us focus on what the key actions are and where we really need to be focussing our efforts to keep us on track.


  • Dr Annie Marston, Hydrock
  • Dr Haniyeh Mohammadpourkarbasi, University of Liverpool
  • Judy Noah, One Manchester
  • Tim Wood, Engie
  • Paul Newman, Poole Dick
  • Stewart Grant, Host and Consultant, Poole Dick


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