Future Plymouth 2030

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Future Plymouth 2030 is a series of 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. Webinars will include speakers from the University represented from areas including architecture, building engineering, creative industries, science communication, power electronics, geography and environmental science.

The second season of webinars will cover topics such as future energy, transport, local environment and flooding, climate change education, adaptive re-use of cities, and embodied energy.

Led by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in partnership with Stride Treglown Architects, the University’s Sustainable Earth Institute, Low Carbon Devon and Plymouth City Council – and supported by a host of construction companies and professional institutes – Future Plymouth 2030 has earned praise for the way it has focused on key issues relating to low carbon futures. This has included a host of awards nominations, including two shortlistings at Constructing Excellence South West 2021, and a further three in the Plymouth Business Awards so far.

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!


Wednesday 6 October 2021 |  RIBA Plymouth Branch and University of Plymouth Annual Lecture 2021

  • Speaker: Lynne Sullivan OBE RIBA

Wednesday 20 October 2021 | COP Conversations: Is adaptation the Cinderella of climate change?

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has described Climate Adaptation as “still sitting in rags by the stove: under-resourced, underfunded and often ignored.” In the run up to COP26, where Climate Adaptation is a key theme, this webinar will explore what’s happening locally and regionally to adapt our critical infrastructure to climate risk.


Tuesday 2 November 2021 | "2040" Film screening

Concerned about his young daughter's future, Australian filmmaker Damon Gameau travels the world in search of new approaches and solutions to climate change. He meets with innovators and changemakers in many fields to draw on their expertise.

A panel of local experts will discuss the film afterwards.

This is a hybrid event which will be hosted live at the University of Plymouth but can also be watched as a Zoom webinar.


Wednesday 17 November 2021 | Our community’s response to the climate emergency and carbon reduction [NEW WEBINAR TITLE]

  • Speakers: Jessica Vaughan, Planning Officer, Plymouth City Council; Antony Jinman, polar adventurer and 'local boy' from Wembury/Plymstock; and Caroline Blackler, PR and Comms for POP 

Visit the web page for full details.

Wednesday 1 December 2021 | Retrofitting buildings: the elephant in the room!

Including four guest speakers, this webinar looks at the challenges of making existing buildings perform better (including an insight into the Retrofit Assessor certification from the Retrofit Academy), and the Devon Climate Assembly's desire to retrofit existing building stock. Claire and Nadine will provide a case study of the gold-rated retrofit of the Sustainability Hub on the University campus.


Wednesday 15 December 2021 | Net zero carbon futures from a creative perspective

Wednesday 12 January 2022 | Futureproof housing: addressing the 'triple bottom line'

Wednesday 26 January 2022 | The biodiversity emergency and nature-based solutions (NbS)

Wednesday 16 February 2022 | How do children feel about the climate emergency?

Wednesday 9 March 2022 | Resolving transport issues for a sustainable future

Wednesday 23 March 2022 | Reduce reuse and recycle: how are we dealing with our waste?

Wednesday 6 April 2022 | Our community's response to the climate emergency and carbon reduction

Wednesday 27 April 2022 | Future electricity use and generation

Wednesday 11 May 2022 | Integrating nature into our buildings: biophyllic design

Wednesday 25 May 2022 | Structural and civil engineering solutions to the climate emergency

Wednesday 8 June 2022 | Local environment issues and flooding

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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.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

We are constantly monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact. The University remains open with a safety-first approach to ensure our campuses are ‘covid-secure’ for our staff, students, local community and visitors, in accordance with government guidance.

University advice and guidance on COVID-19


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