Thursday, April 24, 2008

Building a Low Carbon World

Web Seminar - 2007

Video streams, each containing content from this year's Building a Low Carbon World conference which was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London. Together these video segments form a complete record of the event and its outcomes, including the results of the interactive voting sessions which were degned to provide a "roadmap" for action in the industry.

Design for Abundance in a World of Constraints - Bill McDonough

Bill McDonough speaks about his Cradle to Cradle philosophy and design practice. This vision of the hopeful, positive, and inspiring possibilities of an environmentally and economically intelligent future by design draws inspiration from the astonishing effectiveness of natural systems. Cradle to Cradle Design as opposed to ³cradle-to-grave² offers a new paradigm for human activity that creates a sustaining relationship with the natural world by emulating living systems are effective, cyclical, synergetic, and regenerative.

Google goes Solar - Robyn Beavers

Google are completely committed to corporate sustainability. Their strategy and practical implementation of this ethos is an example to all responsible corporations.

In 2006, Google announced it's plan to install 1.6 MW of photovoltaic solar panels at it's Mountain View headquarters campus. Robyn describes the reasoning behind Google's decision to implement the project. She also describes the benefits resulting from the effort, including financial payback.

London's plan for tackling climate change - Ken Livingstone

The Mayor recently launched his London Climate Change Action Plan - the first comprehensive plan of any major city on how it will cut carbon emissions. He argues that Londoners don't have to reduce their quality of life to tackle climate change, but we do need to change the way we live. Reducing carbon change is about improving efficiency and we need to move from a high energy usage, high waste economy, to one that conserves energy - and puts money back into people's pockets in the process.

Why a Developer should help Save the Planet - Adrian Wyatt

Case studies on UK’s first zero carbon projects and how emerging technologies can be applied to work in harmony with nature.

Energy efficiency in Buildings - David Symons

Creating energy efficiency in the built and urbanised environment is the responsibility of all - Planner, Architect, Developer and Occupier.

Debate - Low Carbon Priorities for the Built Environment

This debate examines how the industry as a whole should start to plan and implement reduction in Carbon emmissions and the roles each sector of the industry will take.

Accounting for the Environment - Lord Michael Hastings

Fact or marketing fiction? Can sustainability accounting methodologies for both property owners and tenants deliver meaningful reductions in carbon emissions.

Debate - Integrating Sustainability into the Investment Process

Achieving the needs and returns for investors is key to reaching a truly sustainable development strategy. This Debate explores the different needs of investors and how to ratify the needs of all parties in the development process.

The Role of the Occupier - Stuart Rose

A tenant case study:
What is Marks & Spencer doing to make its new stores and current portfolio more energy efficient as part of Plan A, its eco-plan? What are the benefits of energy efficient buildings for occupiers and how can they co-operate in managing them efficiently?

Debate - Joined up thinking for the Built Environment

It is the responsibility of the each entity and individual involved in the development cycle to ensure that Carbon emissions are minimised. This debate examines the role of each party at each stage of the development cycle.

Planet Earth - Jean Paul Jeanrenaud

A candid analysis by Jean Paul Jeanrenaud, Head of Business and Industry - WWF International, of the current precarious stability of our climate and the ecosystems it supports. The presentation focuses on the danger we face and the need to react immediately to climate change if we are to be confident of leaving any positive legacy for future generations.

Interactive Survey

A review of the interactive survey conducted amongst the 600 attendees at the event.


A review of the day's proceedings and outcomes by James Naughtie.

Making the Commitment - Adrian Wyatt

A call to action in the industry.

Response from the entertainment industry - Harvey Goldsmith