Future Plymouth 2030

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Future Plymouth 2030 is a series of 12 fortnightly webinars exploring collaborative pathways to achieve low carbon, sustainable development in our city, and providing a platform for knowledge exchange and collaborative action.

With buildings currently contributing the largest proportion of Plymouth's greenhouse gas emissions (at 31%), the Built Environment community is coming together to work towards the city's climate declaration goal of being carbon neutral by 2030.

Join us to hear the latest research, industry developments and case studies. Each webinar includes guest speakers from across the University’s built environment disciplines, including architecture, environmental building, urban development, construction technologies, building performance, occupant behaviour, green walls and power electronics.

The webinars will cover a wealth of topics, ranging from how to design and build better performing new buildings, how to tackle retrofitting existing buildings, to biodiversity, carbon sequestration, behaviour change and much more.

Register now to take part in this topical series of toolkit talks and debate, to learn, share and take practical steps towards the city's 2030 carbon neutral goal!

View the full programme of webinars and register for free


Wednesday 18 November 2020: Plymouth and South West Climate Issues 

Wednesday 2 December 2020: Embodied Energy and Whole Life Carbon

Wednesday 16 December 2020: Standards for Better Performing Buildings

Wednesday 13 January 2021: Skills - Technology and Innovation

Wednesday 27 January 2021: Circular Economy 

Wednesday 10 February: Biodiversity and Carbon Sequestration

  • with Luke Pollard (MP for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport, and Shadow Environment Secretary on COP26 and action in Plymouth on the climate emergency) and including guest speakers Dr Thomas Murphy and Dr Paul Lunt

Wednesday 24 February 2021: Retrofitting the Existing Building Stock

  • including guest speakers Alistair Macpherson (Plymouth Community Energy), Paul Bagust (RICS) and Tim Mitchell (Mitchell Architects)

Wednesday 10 March 2021: Behaviour Change (Psychology)

Wednesday 24 March 2021: Behaviour Change (Education)

  • including guest speaker Mr Chris Woodfield - Developing Change Leaders through Low Carbon Internships

Wednesday 21 April 2021: Urban Design in a Post COVID World 

Wednesday 5 May 2021: Health and Wellbeing

Wednesday 19 May 2021: Future housing for Plymouth

Wednesday 9 June 2021: Planning (for the future)

Thursday 24 and Friday 25 June: Sustainable Earth Conference 2021

A two-day event bringing together researchers, businesses, NGOs, public sector, community groups and individuals to hear inspirational speakers, to network, spark ideas and encourage collaborations to tackle global and local challenges around the climate emergency. More information and registration coming mid April.

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Future Plymouth 2030 is organised by RIBA Plymouth in collaboration with the Sustainable Earth Institute and Low Carbon Devon project at the University of Plymouth (supported by the European Regional Development Fund), and with support from Plymouth City Council, local construction companies and professional institutes.

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