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CIBSE Resilient Cities Group: London Climate Action Week Event

This event provides a space for those globally across the built environment, planning, crucial infrastructure and utilities and emergency response communities to have a technical discussion about the climate resilience implications of efforts to reduce emissions in cities.

This session will provide a technical focus on critical infrastructure with speakers providing insights into energy provision, city electrification and delivery challenges faced specifically in health and data centre buildings.

The event will contain the following presentations:

'Powering urban resilience and climate action', with Ben Kuchta, Group Resilience Improvement Manager, National Grid. Ben leads on resilience innovation, continuous improvement and organisational resilience strategy for National Grid across the UK and US. Focusing on topics including network resilience in response to climate adaption and the energy transition, Ben helps enable key business outcomes.

'Challenges of electrification', with Stephen de Souza, Strategic Programme Manager Energy, Greater London Authority. Stephen leads the GLA's smart energy team, helping ensure that London's energy networks and system is making the necessary changes to meet the Mayor's 2030 net zero target. He’s experienced in the strategy, policy and regulatory aspects of energy markets, especially renewables

'Hospital buildings' , with Kate McCormick, Energy Manager, Great Ormond Street Hospital. Kate McCormick is the Energy Manager at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children NHS Foundation Trust. Kate has been researching the links between smart technology with asset and energy management to enable a balance of efficiency of buildings and efficiency of building users.

'Data Centres', with James Outram, Associate, Atkins. James is a Mechanical Engineer with over 15 years’ experience & a strong portfolio of projects delivered within the mission critical sector.

Kirstin Johansen – Resilient Cities Group Chair will be chairing the webinar and Briony Turner – Resilient Cities Vice Chair will be chairing the panel discussion.


CIBSE Resilient Cities' Briony Turner Live in Action at COP 26 for the Built Environment Day

Re-watch CIBSE Resilient Cities Group Vice-Chair Briony Turner in a live stream from the Green Zone at COP 26.

38%* of carbon emissions globally are attributed to the built environment and at CIBSE Resilient Cities we’re working with CIBSE engineers and professions across the built environment sector to establish what we can do to reduce the emissions in a way that is climate-resilient to the level of climate change we are already experiencing and anticipate might occur in the future.

Kirstin Johansen, Chair of the Resilient Cities Group says, “We welcome the positive outcomes of COP26. Climate action in cities and the built environment is integral to the realisation of many of the outcomes set out in the Glasgow Climate Pact**.  In our international webinar series, we will be exploring the implications for those involved in planning, maintaining, operating, retrofitting and adapting cities.  I’m particularly keen that we focus on implications for the sector of the called for urgency of scaling up action and support to enhance adaptive capacity, strengthen resilience and reduce vulnerability to climate change in line with the best available science.  

We will also be looking at the implications for the built environment sector professional practice of averting, minimizing and addressing loss and damage associated with the adverse effects of climate change.  This will be in alignment with our annual focus on two Sustainable Development Goals. For 2022 we will be focusing on SDG 7. Affordable & Clean Energy and SDG 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure.”

We strive in our activities to bring the best available science and forefront of innovative professional practice together, to help our members enhance the resilience of cities worldwide.  If you’d like to join us, please do so by emailing [email protected]

The figure 38% derives from the UN The 2020 Global Status Report for Buildings and Construction-FULL REPORT Building construction and operations in 2019 accounted for the largest share of global total final energy consumption (35%) and energy-related CO2 emissions (38%) in 2019.

The Glasgow Climate Pact -the agreement reached at the 2021 United Nations Climate Change The official text (Advance unedited version – English, UNFCCC)

Conference (COP26)  


CIBSE RC & IBG Urban Greening for Health and Climate Action, 2 July 2021

Modelling, Master Planning and Urban Design – A holistic and fair response to a climate emergency, 26 October 2020

The Heat is On! Looking Beyond the Building, Cooling City Microclimates, 29 September 2020

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Generational Changes for Healthy and Resilient Covid-19 Recovery, 8 September 2020

  • The Future Prospects of Our Cities, Emeritus Professor Derek Clements-Croome, Reading University
  • The Housing Contribution to Post-COVID-19 Recovery and to Sustainable Climate Resilience , Professor Kenneth Gibb FAcSS CMCIH of CaCHE Centre for Housing Evidence
  • What We Can Learn From Longitudinal Studies in Changes for Healthy Resilient Covid-19 Recovery, Briony Turner, IAQ Working Party Secretary and Vice Chair CIBSE Resilient Cities Group
  • Urban Insight: Neighbourhoods of Tomorrow; Designing for Climate Resilience in Dense Urban Areas, Sara Tärk of SWECO

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