Episode 39: Footprint+ bonus special 2 with interviews from the event

todayAugust 3, 2022


Episode 39: FOOTPRINT+ Bonus 2 With Interviews From The Event

The inaugural FOOTPRINT+ was a huge success and we were delighted to be there as a media partner. This bonus episode wraps up the series of super interviews that we recorded at the event.

If you missed any interviews from the event you can catch up on previous specials one, twothree and four. Plus the first bonus special is available here.

Jason Horner, Head of Infrastructure Services and Director of Environment & Infrastructure, Hilson Moran

Jason Horner Hilson Moran Constructive VoicesHead of Infrastructure Services and Director of Environment & Infrastructure at Hilson Moran: Jason is an Infrastructure Planner and Environmental Engineer with a good few years of experience.

Specialist in the planning, design and procurement of infrastructure including water, wastewater, solid waste, energy, decentralised energy and transitions to a net-zero carbon economy.

Extensive experience of major urban regeneration projects in the UK, Europe and Middle East. Jason developed Thames Water’s Multi-Utility Business in the late 90s and has developed specialist consultancy within inter-disciplinary environmental engineering and design practises since then.

Jason is interested in developing net-zero carbon and highly sustainable ‘future places’ through passive design supported by networked decentralised energy and integrated smart technologies.

Jason spoke about Hydrogen: Which decade and what sectors?

Plus he chaired Energy Systems Catapult – Local area energy planning and Fulfilling your Zero Carbon commitment

“It’s an ownership issue, it’s a governance issue.”

We also spoke to Marie-Louise Schembri, Design Director at Hilson Moran

Marie-Louise Schembri Hilson Moran Constructive VoicesMarie-Louise is an industry thought leader on zero carbon and health and wellbeing, contributing to a number of key industry publications and task groups, including the UKGBC, LETI, NLA, CIBSE and UKDEA.

In her role as Design Director at Hilson Moran, Marie-Louise leads the business on sustainable design, cross-disciplinary collaborations and equality and diversity.

A qualified architect and engineer, she has delivered some of Hilson Moran’s most sustainable projects including a zero carbon homes masterplan in Bermondsey, a Net Zero Carbon commercial development in the City of  (1 Broadgate) and an EPC A for the Grade II listed 30 Grosvenor Square.

She was the Chairperson of Financing energy efficiency in leased commercial space

Plus she spoke at Defining Zero Carbon and Carbon Offsetting – Where is your carbon pot best spent?

“There’s a lot more collaboration in the industry, between peers and compared competitors.”

John Macdonald-Brown, Founder, Syzygy

Before setting up Syzygy in 2010, John worked in commercial property fund management for 15 years with Ashtenne Holdings PLC and at Spitfire Estates.

John was one of the speakers at the session Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation: Large Scale Solar

John Macdonald-Brown, Founder, SyzygyIn this period he set up, invested and managed investment from AXA REIM, Aviva, HBoS, Lasalle and BlackRock. He set up Syzygy because he felt there was a huge opportunity within the commercial real estate sector for a specialist consultancy that could successfully bridge the two different worlds of renewable energy and commercial real estate, providing pragmatic and practical advice, delivering well thought out and relevant renewable energy solutions to property owners and occupiers.

He is the Chairman of the Solar Group at the Renewable Energy Association (REA) and sits on main Policy board at REA.

Founded in 2010, Syzygy has grown to become one of the leading specialist low carbon technology consultancies in the UK and Europe.

Most of their work is within the Commercial Real Estate sector where they help developers, investors and occupiers deliver their net zero ambitions though the deployment of ‘embedded’ green technologies. They focus on 3 technology areas: renewable energy, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

“I have read about loads of silver bullets that have never quite materialised, efficiency. I mean now we are talking what was 190 watts in 2010 is now 370 watts, so efficiencies have doubled in 10 years and are continuing to do so.”

Kelly Harrison, Associate Director, Whitby Wood

Kelly is an active proponent of sustainable construction, and is particularly experienced in the structural design of engineered timber, hybrid structures, and retro-fitting.

kelly harrison whitby wood constructive voicesShe has an extensive portfolio of major schemes for the residential, commercial, education, heritage and cultural sectors — from large-scale housing projects and industrial building conversions to special structures and adaptation works.

She was one of the speakers at the Building in Wood session.

She is a member of the Board of Directors at Timber Development UK, on the advisory committee for the New Steel Construction Magazine, an Expert Panel member for New London Architecture’s Work programme, and an active participant in Timber Development UK’s University Engagement, Sustainability and Circular Economy groups.

Kelly was among the 2020 Top 50 Women in Engineering: Sustainability. She speaks at conferences and symposia in the UK and internationally.

“When there are so many like-minded people together you can really push forward, you are not really having to explain yourself or reinventing the wheel every time, you are actually moving forward.”

Ken Hunnisett, Head of Public Sector, Triple Point Investment Management

ken hunnisett triple point constructive voicesKen Hunnisett has spent the last 25 years in asset and infrastructure finance. He was one of the speakers at The regulation of heat: A new era for heat networks

A passionate advocate for the role private capital needs to play in driving out place-based inequalities and levelling-up communities.

Ken leads Triple Point Heat Networks Investment Management; a multi-disciplinary team comprised of in-house energy infrastructure expertise and external professionals, all with deep, low-carbon heating sector specialisms.

His team are the delivery partner to the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy for the Heat Network Investment Project, a £320m fund to accelerate the growth in district heating development and have recently been chosen to partner with Government again, in managing the £270m Green Heat Network Fund.

“It is something like 37% of our greenhouse gas emissions here in the UK that come from the way we heat our homes, our workplaces and the way we heat industry.”

Lee Golby, SHEQ Manager & Sustainability Lead at Paula Rosa | Manhattan

Lee Golby Constructive VoicesLee is the SHEQ Manager & Sustainability Lead at Paula Rosa | Manhattan.

“Also the offsite construction is something really really interesting, personally I think that is probably the future of construction as we know it, there is just a lot more control.”

Mike Reynolds, Vattenfall

Mike’s talk was part of the session, The regulation of heat: A new era for heat networks

Mike Reynolds VattenfallMike is Managing Director of Vattenfall Heat UK, and lead Vattenfall’s successful UK Market entry in 2018 – taking the business from paper to pipes installed in under three years.

The team has secured a number of the largest district heating development opportunities in the UK including securing the contract to deliver the heating and cooling solutions for Brent Cross Town with Argent Related in London.

They have stablished a joint venture with Midlothian council in Scotland, and secured the exclusive rights to offtake heat from the Cory Riverside Energy EFW plant with joint plans to deliver the largest district heating network in the UK backed by funding from the Heat Networks Investment Programme.

Mike is a non-traditional senior director in the energy industry having started his career as a theatre director in 2001 where he loved the team building element of the role but not the lack of creativity!

Since then, he has spent nearly 20 years bringing his diverse point of view and creative approach to the low carbon and infrastructure space, always working within dynamic growth environments.

Over the past 5 years he has held various Directorships, proving successful at establishing new solutions, propositions and ways of working. Alongside his work in the UK, Mike has worked internationally, setting up the US operations of Natural Capital Partners between 2007 and 2010.

Vattenfall & Vattenfall Heat UK

Vattenfall is a European energy company with approximately 20,000 employees. For more than 100 years we have electrified industries, supplied energy to people’s homes and modernised our way of living through innovation and cooperation. We now want to make fossil-free living possible within one generation.

Vattenfall Heat UK creates partnerships with like-minded property developers and local authorities who share our vision for a fossil free future. We design, build and operate city-wide heat networks, supporting our partners on their journey to a fossil free future.

Our way of working ensures that developers, local authorities and consumers all benefit from a successful, cost-effective project while hitting emissions targets. The result is a truly consumer-centric solution: sustainable, reliable and affordable district energy designed around the people who use it.

“Decarbonising buildings is not easy but it is very much easier if you speak to other people who are doing something similar, understand what they are doing and then work together.”

Mitakshi Sirsi, Director at WILL+Partners | Chair, Sustainability Community at CoreNet, UK Chapter

Mitakshi Sirsi Will Partners Constructive VoicesMitakshi specialises in Sustained the Workplace; particularly in directing management policy through research frameworks; and using training as a tool to integrate high-level strategies and certifications through the life cycle of buildings.

She believes that space is fundamentally made for and by its users, and that better design can be encouraged through the application of research, engagement, and a focus on interdisciplinary application. Recently, she has been a part of the pioneering ‘BCO Wellness Matters’ project, and successfully applied novel frameworks to projects for clients such as Zurich Insurance, Hiscox, British Red Cross and Hogan Lovells LLP.

Mitakshi’s time in practice has been spent as an architect, sustainability, and policy consultant, working on various sustainable design, planning and wellness projects in the UK and internationally. She holds an honours degree in Architecture and an MSc. in Environmental Design and Engineering (EDE) from the Bartlett, UCL.

She actively engages in climate-change impact activism and dialogue, and she looks to continue to seek a lasting impact on the planet through her work, education, and community involvement and efforts.

“Whether we are doing enough or whether we will do enough is up to not just us but also the rest of the world to come together, to help.”

Sam Jarrett U+I

Sam is the Head of Marketing and Communications at U+I.

About U+I Group PLC

Sam Jarrett U+I Constructive VoicesWe use our creative, entrepreneurial and master developer knowledge to create thriving mixed-use places in the London City Region, Manchester and Dublin, where people can live, work and socialise.

By rejecting the ordinary and preserving, restoring and improving the overlooked and underestimated, we create inspiring places that make people’s lives happier and healthier. Our places revive communities, create jobs and boost local economies.

‘Thoughtful regeneration’ is in our DNA. There is an urgent need for exciting placemaking and we are determined to get on and do it because we believe our time has come. We have the long-standing experience, the relationships and the ambition to make a difference.

We exist to make the lives of people better and to unlock value for all. Imaginative, meaningful mixed-use places create proud, thriving communities. They are good for people and society, good for the economy and good for our business.

And we are committed to creating sustainable long-term benefits for our communities and partners and financial returns for our shareholders.

“This is about a brand-new material which is cheaper to produce, better for the environment and quicker.”

Tom Larsson, Design Director at Stanhope

tom larsson stanhope Constructive VoicesTom is the Design Director at Stanhope, a developer specialising in complex urban regeneration. His main focus is on predevelopment activities, and he leads on design, place, masterplan strategy and implementation, including gaining town planning consent.

Tom was one of the speakers in the Repurposing existing buildings to save the embodied carbon session at FOOTPRINT+

At Stanhope, Tom has worked on projects such as the reinvention of the Television Centre into a vibrant mixed-use neighbourhood, various retrofit workplaces, and new mixed tenure homes, as well as new business deals.

Tom is also heavily involved in cultural and charitable projects, and leads the Stanhope Foundation, a philanthropic organisation launched a year ago and dedicated to helping people find hope and pride through meaningful employment.

Stanhope PLC is a developer, investor and asset manager delivering world-class spaces across a range of sectors. It generates consistent returns for its partners while setting new standards for workplaces, homes and cultural spaces that people love to use. Its development management model enables the delivery of projects from inception to successful operation, as well as offering clients more targeted support in phases where they need it most.

Combined with its company culture, Stanhope’s approach helps identify better answers, manage risks and navigate complex processes to create lasting value for its partners and the communities they jointly serve.

“ I think the pace of change in society, well particularly obviously the UK and Europe towards greater awareness for the climate emergency and the actions that kind of need to be taken at all levels to sort of improve things over the next decades is amazing. You know that pace of change”

Vikki Slade, Cratus Communications

vikki slade cratus communications Constructive VoicesVikki is a Director at Cratus Communications leading on the work of helping clients respond to the climate emergency, based out of our Southampton offices but working across the UK.

Climate Change and renewable energy are a particular passion and Vikki is helping local authorities make the leap from declaring a climate emergency to implementing their plans to achieve carbon neutrality.

Vikki was the Chairperson of Brent Cross Town – Homes, Jobs and Open Space in a Zero Carbon masterplan at FOOTPRINT+ 2022.

Having been leader of a large unitary council with a complex political make-up, she is able to bring considerable experience to our work with local authorities in terms of political engagement and the development of strategic communications, improved governance and partnership working.

She is currently leader of the opposition in her council and previously worked in campaigns and communications for her Member of Parliament. Prior to working for Cratus she had a career in the charity sector where she was responsible for fundraising and prospect research.

Within her role at Cratus Vikki also works with private sector clients on their climate communications, reviews on their policies and procedures against emerging local authorities strategies and brings together the public and private sector through events and engagement activities.

“The range between one council’s idea of what is Net Zero and another is massive so there is a big education piece to do and a lot around matching up the right organisations to work with the right councils”

Written by: Jackie De Burca

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