The energy we consume creates carbon emissions that damage the planet through global warming. It was generally agreed that the Australian fires and Indonesian floods of 2020 were the consequence of 250 years of industry using toxic energy sources. With the UK committed to be carbon neutral by 2050, and all nations aiming to reduce greenhouse gasses by 40% by 2030. LSBU set out to understand how society could go green, more quickly and what will that means for architects, engineer and the built environment?
Our prominent guest speakers included:
The Cabinet Office on organising COP 26
The Environment Agency
The first event in the series focused on the issues of climate, carbon, energy and resources. The energy we consume creates carbon emissions that damage the planet through global warming. The Australian fires and Indonesian floods in 2020 were the consequence of 250 years of industry using toxic energy sources. With the UK committed to be carbon neutral by 2050, and all nations aiming to reduce greenhouse gases by 40% by 2030, how can we go green, more quickly and what will that mean for architects, engineers and the built environment?
In the lead-up to the event, we interviewed some of our key speakers, asking them about their current roles, what they were doing individually to tackle issues around sustainability and climate change, and their thoughts on the future.
This interview was with Carlos Gonzalo, a Senior Lecturer in Civil and Building Services Engineering in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. Carlos jointly delivered a session at the first event on the impact of lift use on energy in high rise buildings and would soon be running a project looking at the sustainability of the lift use in the Keyworth Centre.
It is undeniable that Covid-19 had a huge impact on the environment but what does this mean for the long-term issues around sustainability and climate change and specifically, the main themes of this event? Jaya Gajparia of the School of Law and Social Sciences examined and gathered views on how the pandemic would affect the sustainability agenda and some of the other issues around its impact on society.
Jasmine is an artist and Visiting Lecturer in the School of Engineering. She is also a former student at LSBU. Jasmine has been a key player in developing the first event in the series and will be delivering a number of sessions during the conference. You can also see her virtual exhibition, “The Great Pause”.
Alessio Corso, Head of the Division of Mechanical Engineering and Design in the School of Engineering, works closely with the engineering students in supporting and encouraging them to participate in national competitions that focus on sustainable development in real life scenarios. In addition to developing their teamworking skills, they learn to develop innovative engineering solutions that have real world impact.
Jennifer Hardi is the Course Director for Architectural Engineering and Architectural Technology in the School of the Built Environment and Architecture. She delivered a session on the use of alternative materials in construction – in this case, bamboo – and shared details of a project she worked on with her students.
Paul Mansell is a Research Fellow sponsored by ICE and Nathu Puri Institute for Engineering & Enterprise at LSBU as well as an Associate Staff Member at University College London. Paul delivered a session about his PhD project, titled: Redefining Investment Value Decisions on Infrastructure Projects using the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.