Achieving Net Zero: Digital Conference Week

Future of London will be running a week-long, online event series exploring how London’s Built Environment sector is achieving its Net Zero ambition.

Our major 2020 programme, Achieving Net Zero, examines how housing, regeneration, infrastructure and economic development will have to adapt in order to deliver the Net Zero targets set by 26 London boroughs and the GLA. Meeting these targets will be a cross-sector, cross-discipline effort – and the range of speakers we have lined up for our Achieving Net Zero digital conference week reflects the breadth of this challenge.

From behaviour change through to the financial cost of Net Zero, join us in October for a week of practical insight, inspiration and debate.

When: 26-30 October 2020
Register for individual sessions below.

Speakers and Agenda

Monday 26 October, 9 am onwards

Ideas for the Future
The digital conference week kicks off with a welcome from the Future of London team, and we’ll also get your imaginations firing with some stimulating Net Zero ideas for the Future, from our Future of London Leaders and Leaders Plus alumni.

Details coming soon.

Tuesday 27 October, 9:30 to 11 am

Climate change needs Behaviour Change
We all know that to tackle climate change we’ll need to adapt our behaviour, but how? We will be unpicking this tricky question in a morning webinar discussion: What can councils, communities, contractors & consultants do to embed holistic Net Zero thinking and behaviours?


  • Joe Baker, Head of Carbon Management, LB Haringey
  • Tara Gbolade, Director, Gbolade Design Studio
  • Tom Knowland, Head of Sustainable Energy & Climate Change, Leeds City Council
  • Ali Moore, Head of Communications & Behaviour Change, The London Waste & Recycling Board
  • Nils Rage, Sustainable Design & Innovation Manager, Landsec

Register here

Wednesday 28 October, 4 to 5:15 pm

Funding Net Zero
To address climate change, investments need to be made. On Wednesday afternoon we’ll hear from a public and private sector panel, and we’ll be asking: What is the cost of action – and what is the cost of inaction?


  • Malcolm Hanna, Sustainability Manager Real Assets, Legal & General Investment Management
  • Bevan Jones, Associate, Greengage Environmental
  • Laetitia Pancrazi, Consultant, Useful Projects
  • Felicity Scott, Accents Project Coordinator, Poplar HARCA
  • Feliz Ventura, Director of Sustainable Economics, Urban Solutions US Director, Hatch

Register here

Thursday 29 October, 12:30 to 1:45 pm

Towards Solutions workshop
FoL will be hosting an online workshop and networking session where we will open the debate up and explore some of the major themes that have come up over the course of the conference and wider Achieving Net Zero programme.

Register here

Friday 30 October, 9 am onwards

Catch-up Opportunity
FoL will release all conference content plus our other Achieving Net Zero content on our YouTube channel – so if you have missed any sessions you’ll still have the chance to catch-up!

Past Achieving Net Zero events:

16 Apr 2020
Councils & the Climate Emergency webinar
Event write-up and video

14 Jul 2020
Net Zero Housing New Garden Quarter: Video Visit + Discussion
Event write-up and video

8 Sep 2020
District heating networks and decarbonisation: Video Visit + Discussion
Event write-up and video

Case studies

Zero Emissions Delivery in LB Waltham Forest

Coming up

  • Inspiring Examples: Best in class examples which illustrate how the sector is delivering against the Net Zero ambition
  • Net Zero is Not Enough: Perspectives on what more could (and should) be doing to mitigate the impacts of climate change
  • What’s Next for Net Zero? A celebration of the great work that is currently underway, and a look at what more is still to be done as we work towards Achieving Net Zero

Get involved

We’re keen to connect with organisations involved in delivering sustainable, net zero, or adaptation schemes throughout London. If you have experience to share or are interested in partnering with us on this conference, contact Anna Odedun.