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Materials and the Circular Economy 

The construction sector produces 40% of all the waste that goes to landfill in the UK, which is staggering. It comes from materials wastage on site, interior refurbishments all the way up to demolition of entire buildings. The industry is getting better at recycling some waste streams but there is still much progress to be made in cutting overall landfill. This conference stream targets our perception of reusing existing buildings and how retrofit projects cut carbon emissions in use thereby saving the embodied energy in the structures of these buildings.

A circular economy is based on the principles of designing out waste and pollution, keeping products and materials in use. This stage explores how the construction sector can radically reduce its consumption of raw materials and the generation of waste.

  1. The London Waste and Recycling Board (LWARB) has identified that by 2036 a Circular Economy could provide London with net benefits of up to £7bn per annum, with up to 12,000 new jobs. How and where do we start making our cities circular, where is current best practice and what can we learn?

  2. An analysis of exemplar projects from the worlds of architecture, design, and the circular economy supply chain reveals a range of strategies, some of the more practicable – and cheaper – than others.

  3. In which some potentially provocative proposals about the pursuit of profit and productivity as opposed to stable, healthy and happy urban living are aired – remembering that such ideas are already being floated in the boardrooms of responsible companies and corporations.

  4. No material has ever revolutionised the way we live, work and produce to the extent of plastic – the miracle of the 1950s. Why is it such an amazing material, how is it stifling us, and what – if anything - we can do about it?

  5. Start-ups from LWARB’s Advance London Advisory Programme are working to drive circular economy innovation in the built environment.


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What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

What people are saying about FOOTPRINT+

  • FOOTPRINT+ is the place to showcase how we can build sustainable developments and reduce the carbon footprint of building projects. In tackling the climate crisis, these are the conversations we need to be having.
    Peter Kyle
    MP for Hove, Shadow Minister for Justice
  • Despite the global impact of COVID-19 the UK property industry is resilient. FOOTPRINT will provide a forum for everyone to create a deliverable agenda for sustainable growth in the UK property market.
    Francis Hilton
    Pelican Developments
  • The construction sector has a huge role to play in enabling Local Authorities to meet ambitious carbon zero targets. I believe that FOOTPRINT will be the event that supports the creative discussions and working relationships required to achieve Zero Carbon living.
    Duncan Baker-Brown
    Architect, Lecturer at University of Brighton & Campaigner for Circular Economy
  • At last an event that addresses the key issues facing design, construction and development in the UK. The rich mix of consultants, clients, stakeholders and government together with the great location will make Footprint a huge success.
    Paul Monaghan Director of Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects
    Liverpool City Region Design Champion and founding member of Architects Declare
  • The idea of the jobs fair on the last day is brilliant. It's exactly what school and university leavers need, and as a CDO, I realise that finding high calibre candidates to work for your organisation is a hugely time absorbing process.
    Adam Brockley
    Founder of Scape Student Living
  • As we move to create the ‘new normal’ post Covid, we have an unprecedented opportunity to re-write the rules around our environmental impact on the planet, this conference does exactly that.
    Gavin Stewart
    Executive Director Brighton & Hove Economic Partnership
  • FOOTPRINT is a hugely exciting opportunity to address the climate emergency which we all face as global citizens.
    James Blakey
    Planning Director Moda Living
  • FOOTPRINT+ has been set up to answer a need in the property market. We have all traipsed off to the South of France previously to meet up and discuss property issues. This is no longer a responsible action given the carbon footprint of getting there. Combined with the exit of Britain from the EU, we, in the UK market need to meet and discuss our national and international concerns. FOOTPRINT+ is set up to permit us to do this in an accessible, affordable and responsible way
    William Edgerley
    Director Edge Ahead Limited
  • The climate emergency is the biggest challenge humanity is facing. At WSP we are proud to be the catalysts of change in our industry. Now, we all need to come together to re-invent the way we design, the way we build and the way live. Footprint+ will help us do this
    Diego Padilla Philipps
    Net Zero Lead Structures, WSP
  • The MIPIM of Sustainability
    Will Arnold
    Head of Climate Action, The Institution of Structural Engineers