Led by The University of Birmingham, the (Natural Capital Planning Tool NCPT) is a free site assessment tool developed specifically for the planning context. The NCPT allows the indicative but systematic assessment of the likely impact of proposed plans and developments on Natural Capital and the ecosystem services it provides to people, such as recreational opportunities, air quality regulation and climate regulation.
The tool developer and project partners believe that the NCPT will help developers and planners to create more sustainable places for people and wildlife, whilst at the same time delivering the housing and infrastructure the country needs.
UKBCSD is one of the core project team, alongside the University of Birmingham, Northumbria University, Birmingham City Council and Consultancy for Environmental Economics and Policy.
Zero Emissions Cities (ZEC)
Birmingham City Council and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Zero Emission Cities (ZEC) team have identified the Smithfield development in Birmingham as the focus for a ZEC engagement. The Smithfield visioning document outlines the requirement for the development to ‘meet high standards of sustainable design and construction that will be essential in creating an adaptable environment that will stand the test of time’. This vision is matched by the WBCSD and, in partnership, UKBCSD in seeking to deliver the future urban environments we need.
The Framework document sets out the proposed Sustainability Framework that will support Smithfield meet this vision. The Framework draws together a range of sustainability standards and examples of Best and Aspirational Practice that, if embedded, will deliver the sustainability aspirations of Smithfield. This is very much a ‘blueprint’ for the WBCSD ZEC vision of the delivery of a highly sustainable development and is drawn from the WBCSD and its member companies.
Annual Dinners – House of Lords
A high-profile event in the UKBCSD calendar is the annual dinner, held at the House of Lords. Chaired by UKBCSD Chairman Jason Longhurst, these popular, intimate events – around 50 people – give members and guests the opportunity to hear from – and quiz – top professionals in their field, who animatedly debate some of the most important issues on the sustainability agenda.
For example, in 2016 we welcomed Mark Farmer who had, recently, published The Farmer Review of the UK Construction Labour Model – ‘Modernise or Die’which provoked debate as to the current and likely future state of the construction industry, identifying the urgent actions needed to lead the change agenda that will safeguard the industry’s future.
Gary Sullivan OBE joined us in 2017. Gary is a leading advocate for change in the industry and has been instrumental in the introduction of logistical support for the construction industry since 2006 when his company, Wilson James Ltd, launched the first dedicated construction materials consolidation centre for London construction projects. The company has expertise in sustainability initiatives and tech solutions to meet consolidation and logistical challenges.
UKBCSD Challenger series – Sustainable Development as Market Disruptor
In 2018 we launch our Challenger Series, a number of workshops that will get to grips with some of the thorniest issues in Sustainable Development. Each workshop will involve a group of leading industry figures, representing our 13 Ambassador areas of expertise who will discuss a given subject – for example ‘Are garden cities a sustainable housing solution?’, ‘Can smart construction work in the UK?’ and ‘So what is sustainable development?’
As the name suggests, we will be challenging our participants to contest and ‘peer debate’ the topic. The resulting discussion will be written up as a report, including recommendations that will challenge the norm. These reports will be submitted to Government and the professional institutions to encourage new thinking and, where appropriate, legislative change.
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