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Strategic Housing Month: The journey to zero carbon

  • Type HQN Event (Virtual)
  • Venue Virtual workshop
  • Start 27 Apr 2021 10:30
  • End 27 Apr 2021 12:00


Strategic Housing Month: The journey to zero carbon

Part of Strategic Housing Month

Virtual Workshop

Local authorities are already playing a key role in the journey to zero carbon. Their capacity to influence the green agenda is vast – from mandating energy efficiency at new developments in their local area to fast-tracking planning permission for new electric vehicle infrastructure. Possibly the biggest challenge, however, is how we make our existing housing stock more energy efficient on a large enough scale and at an affordable cost.

This session will look to set out the challenges facing housing providers, highlight some of the opportunities and showcase what some social landlords are already doing in this area.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Chair: John Grant, Senior Lecturer in Sustainable Construction and Climate Change, Sheffield Hallam University
  • Keynote speaker: James Caspell, Neighbourhood Director, Lancaster West, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
  • Hannah Smith, Sustainability Manager, Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea.

About our speakers:

John Grant:

John is a Senior Lecturer and at Sheffield Hallam University also an academic adviser on Sheffield City Council's Green City Partnership Board on sustainability strategies and climate change working for a "Zero Carbon Sheffield by 2030" and on the committee for the "Environmental Hub" organisation, the Sheffield Climate Alliance.  His research and knowledge include renewable Energy, sustainable Building design, Climate Change, Environmental and Water Management (capture, storage and flood mitigation). In addition I have a media presence as director of "The ARC" at SHU (Adaption and Resilience Committee), regularly talking on BBC Radio Sheffield's monthly "Ask the Expert" slot and the SHU website.

Jame Caspell: 

Award-winning leader and social innovator, with 19 years’ experience in strategic and operational management in UK social housing and local government. James has a distinction in Strategy and Innovation executive diploma from Said Business School, University of Oxford and a Lean SixSigma Green Belt, with a track record of process innovation, reducing waste and costs to improve turnaround time, outcomes and resident satisfaction in a number of built environment contexts. James is the Chair of the RBKC Net Zero Board, aiming to ensure all social housing in RBKC is carbon-neutral by 2030.  He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing and a regular conference speaker. 

Hannah Smith:

Agile certified project manager currently responsible for a range of decarbonisation and sustainability initiatives on Lancaster West, including three recently funded Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund projects, and a member of RBKC’s Net Zero Board. Hannah is a 2018 graduate from Oxford University and has since completed the Local Government Association’s National Graduate Development Scheme and an ILM Level 7 qualification in Strategic Management and Leadership.  

Other sessions for the Strategic workshops will include:

Thursday 15 April 10.30am–13.00pm – The state of the nation – prospects for housing, local authorities and the outlook for the wider UK economy

Monday 19 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Delivering more homes through partnership working

Tuesday 20 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Strategies for PRS housing

Wednesday 21 April 10.30am–12.30pm – Strategic thinking in turbulent times

Wednesday 21 April 1.30pm–3pm – Planning White Paper update

Thursday 22 April 10.30am–12pm – Improving the relationship between health and housing

Friday 23 April 10.00am12pm  Moving away from choice-based lettings and improving the customer experience

Friday 23 April 1.30pm–3.30pm – New approaches to tackling homelessness

Friday 30 April 10.30am–12pm – The Strategic Housing Unconference

Tuesday 8 June 10.30am–12pm – Mayoral elections and future of city/sub-regions

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