Highways UK 2020 Starts in

4/5 November 2020, NEC, Birmingham

Sustainability Theatre

CIHT Theatre

Sustainability Theatre sponsored by Skanska

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Wednesday 6 November


Zero carbon construction - the roadbuilder's perspective

How do we build low carbon management into Highways projects? Skanska is the first contractor to gain PAS2080 certification, a carbon management standard which enables strategic carbon decisions to be made across project delivery to help combat climate change impacts of carbon in construction.

Ruth Finlayson, Energy and Carbon Manager, Skanska Infrastructure


The zero-carbon highway - the designer's perspective

With the UK committing to be effectively a fossil free economy in 31 years' time, just what does this mean for highway design and maintenance? This session will share WSP's research on the carbon footprint of highway schemes today, and practical actions to reduce this.

David Symons, UK Director of Sustanability, WSP


The UK's greenest road 

Is it possible for the UK to build a truly green road and what would it take. We'll look at what it means for a highway to be 'truly green' and if the industry has the technical know-how, and economic will, to make it happen.

Rebecca Bailey, Principal Ecologist, The Ecology Consultancy


Applying biodiversity net gain to regional highways frameworks

The session uses case studies to explore how the principles of biodiversity net gain, a requirement of the Environment Bill, can be applied to term maintenance contracts as well as capital works. It highlights some of the added value this can achieve for both the client authority and the environment.

Edward Godsiffe, Sustainability Manager Skanska Infrastructure Services

Paul Arnold Senior Environmental Adviser Skanska Infrastructure


Roads in the context of wider zero-carbon agenda

UK's clean growth ambitions and net zero commitments to carbon ensure roads impact local authorities' wider remits as well as wider UK industries. Knowing how we fit in and can influence is critical to reduce stakeholder issues and capture innovation, this presentation will take a strategic view and give practical perspectives on how the roads industry can respond, taking account of modal shifts and technological innovations.

Kim Yates, Project Principal, Mott MacDonald


Establishing a low carbon site compound

Minimising carbon throughout our projects and business is a cornerstone of the way we work. We have developed a robust approach to our project and compound set up to ensure we minimise energy consumption throughout our business. On our M4 Smart Motorways Project our aim was to create the most energy efficient modular accommodation; this presentation will take you through our process and some of the innovation solutions we have deployed on the M4 and other projects

Adetunji Lawal, Energy Manager, Balfour Beatty

Geri Smith, Head of Environment and Sustainability, Balfour Beatty


Engineering Net Zero in transport

Transport plays a central role in finding long-term sustainable solutions and Atkins is taking the first step to support the sector by setting out the three main priorities of reducing energy demand, ensuring sustainable energy supply and consumption, and ensuring safety, security, sustainability and resilience of low emissions transport operations.

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Sukhy Duggal, Client Director, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group

Dr Wolfgang Schuster, Technical Director, Intelligent Mobility, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group


Net zero carbon - at what cost?

Governments, large organisations and major cities across the world are recognising the importance of addressing climate change by setting net zero carbon emission targets. This session outlines the role that highways infrastructure has to play in meeting national carbon reduction targets, then focusses on new international research into methods to reduce both carbon and cost.

Lewis Barlow, Technical Director, Sweco


A new data-driven approach to road safety 

How data will help us on the road to zero

Andrea Green, Customer Experience Director, Costain


Designing safer roads through the iRAP star rating assessment

On average, about 70 people are killed or seriously injured every day in road crashes in the UK. This session will focus on how the International Road Assessment Programme - iRAP -  is being used to create better roads and safer journeys around the world and in the UK, and we'll discuss how Arup are practically applying it in the UK.

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Chris Furneaux, Associate Director - Highways, Arup

James Bradford, Global Product Director, iRAP and Operations Manager, Road Safety Foundation

Thursday 7 November


Resilience and sustainability in the roads industry 

A number of local authorities have declared climate emergencies and the UK government has committed to various targets to ensure we minimise our impact on the planet. This session will focus on how the roads industry can play its role by embedding resilience into roads infrastructure and across value chains; by focussing on outcomes when planning, designing and managing roads; and also looking at what we can learn from other sectors.

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Dr. Juliet Mian, Infrastructure Resilience Specialist, Arup and Technical Director for the Resilience Shift

Heleni Pantelidou, Associate Director - Infrastructure, Arup


Electrifying mobility as a service on the road to zero 

Electrification of a MaaS system can help achieve our goals around reduced congestion, better air quality and improved accessibility. We'll be discussing the benefits the electrification of a MaaS system can bring about and how the challenges of integrating electrified with MaaS transport can be mitigated and planned for.

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Georgina Box, Intelligent Mobility Consultant, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group

Joanna Bundy, Senior Intelligent Mobility Consultant, Atkins, member of SNC-Lavalin Group


Building a fast-charging EV "garage"

Fastned, an independent charging company, is building a pan-European network of super-fast hubs. Tom will outline the design and delivery of the UK's first high-power charging hub for electric vehicles, recently opened in Sunderland and discuss the implications of high-power EVs for the UK market.

Tom Hurst, UK lead, Fastned


Magway - revolutionising e-commerce logistics by transporting goods through intelligent pipelines

Magway is a sustainable zero-emissions solution for transporting goods through pipelines. Magway addresses increased parcel deliveries, from the rapid growth in e-commerce and the impact of HGVs and LGVs on the environment and an inadequate road infrastructure. Combining a novel application of tried and tested technology and patented intellectual property, Magway has the potential to revolutionise e-commerce logistics.

Marcus Jones: Head of Sustainable Transport, TRL

Huw Thomas: Development Director, Magway

Bradley Smith: Lead Project Engineer, Magway


Creating More Liveable Places

With recent policy and legislation driving the need to improve air quality and reduce congestion in urban areas, many new and varied approaches have emerged to restrict traffic in city streets. However, recent studies and schemes have shown the risks of rolling out such measures in different combinations without sufficient planning and evidence. This session will look at how to mitigate these risks and ensure places are Future Ready.

Glenn Higgs, Technical Director Planning, WSP


A common framework for social value

Measuring the social value of highways operations and projects

Peter Ives, Sustainability Manager, Skanska


Air quality monitoring and reduction during construction

Using examples from the rail and highways sectors, we will discuss how contractors can monitor, model and asses the risk of air quality impacts on local communities during construction. We also look at some of the options available to prevent or mitigate those impacts.

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Craig Hales, Sector Sustainability Manager Skanska Infrastructure

Meghan McGuire, Engineer, Skanska Technology


Air quality health risks to road-side workers

As air pollution has moved up the political agenda, awareness of the health impacts of breathing polluted air has increased. And with much of this pollution coming from vehicles the dangers are especially acute for those working on or near our roads. This session looks at who is at risk and explores some of the solutions available to help highways and construction workers avoid an industrial disease crisis of asbestos-like proportions.

Mark Stacey, Managing Director, Crown International


Carbon Savings with Drainage Geocomposites

The use of drainage geocomposites has significant environmental benefits compared to traditional solutions. While the environmental benefit of using a plastic-based product is not immediately obvious, drainage geocomposites allow such a large reduction in the use of other materials that the overall carbon footprint is significantly reduced. These solutions are also more cost effective than traditional methods and with the rise in planning approvals reliant on environmental criteria the benefits of using drainage geocomposites are considerable.

Richard Heritage, Geotechnical Engineer, ABG


Particulate matter emissions from tyres and brake wear

As exhaust emissions from on-road vehicles decrease, those from brake and tyre wear are coming into sharp focus. The proportion of road transport fine particle emissions is set to increase substantially in the future. This talk will explore this issue, how it is set to increase in significance over time, if it is being addressed and the implications for local air quality.

Dr Ross Hunter, Senior Director, Temple Group


Creating clean air zones...naturally (what has nature ever done for us?)

By harnessing the power of nature we will soon be able to deploy Active Airflow Green Infrastructure to create clean air zones in sensitive locations on and adjacent to our highways network. The 'magic' happens when polluted air is drawn through the root zone of the plants. We will explain the processes involved, review the test results to date and explore the potential for modular and scalable deployment.

Richard Sabin, Managing Director, Biotecture  

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