25th October 2021

Meeting NetZero through Geospatial Innovation

Millie Smith

Geovation recently held a panel discussion and pitch session “Hitting Net Zero through Geospatial innovation” at the Knowledge Transfer Network’s Space & Geospatial Virtual Pavilion for #COP26Our first blog summarises the panel discussion and a subsequent blog will share the pitch session.


Towards net zero buildings: the challenge and opportunity 

The built environment is responsible for nearly 40% of global carbon emissions. To meet net zero targets by 2050, the built environment sector must reduce its emissions by 50% by 2030 in the UK. This is an enormous challenge and opportunity for new, innovative ventures and solutionswhether retrofitting existing building stock; minimising whole building lifecycle embodied carbon emissions through choice of materials, methodologies and processes; re-use of materials; or addressing the standards required to meet those targets.  


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Expert Panel Discussion 

So, Geovation was delighted to host a panel session of experts who are leading the way towards net zero buildings. 

Chaired by Donna Lyndsay, Innovation Lead at Ordnance Survey, the panel explored ways in which the built environment sector can help reduce emissions. The panel was: Marion Baeli from Paul Davis and Partners an expert in retrofitting existing building stock; Lewis Sharman from Carbon Coop, a Community Benefit Society pioneering “people powered retrofit and a former Geovation challenge winner; Audley English from Build-Eco, a multi-award-winning architect leading the design, manufacture and build of low carbon homes, and Geovation member; and Clara Bagenal George from Elementa Consulting & LETI, a voluntary group of built environment professionals to support the transition of the UK’s built environment to net zero carbon. 

The panel session commenced with an overview of what each company is doing to help the building environment contribute to the transition to Net Zero. This was followed by a discussion answering some vital questions including: how can we capture, manage and maintain the building attribute information we need for retrofitting now and in the future? Is there reuse potential for any demolition material and their thoughts on circular economy and re-use material for current building stock? What needs to happen to finance this going forward? 


Meet the Panel 

Donna Lyndsay is the Innovation Lead at Ordnance Survey and Vice Chair of the Space4Climate group and will be joining us as the panel session chair. She supports Ordnance Survey’s mission to be a world leader in geospatial services, delivering location insight for positive impact through the creation of innovative products and services with colleagues, partners and customers. The UK Space4Climate group is putting the UK at the forefront of global efforts to create and use trusted satellite data for climate action for all. Donna has over 30 years’ experience in Earth Observation, as founding director in start-ups and corporate directorships. 

Marion Baeli is an architect and associate at Paul Davis + Partners, a London based international practice known for their skilful integration of contemporary architecture within historic environments and expertise in high-end residential commercial, civic and mixed-use projects. Marion has a Masters in Sustainable Architecture, and her work focuses on promoting sustainable architecture and energy efficiency. She has expertise in residential retrofit, authoring the book: Residential Retrofit: Twenty Case Studies.

Customer Experience Manager from Carbon Co-op, Lewis Sharman, will be on the panel. Lewis has a degree in Product Design and is working towards an MSc in Building Information Modelling and Digital Built Environments. He has worked across a range of public services including the Northwest Construction Hub and is experienced in construction procurement and framework management. Lewis is part of the People Powered Retrofit service management team devising new client management systems. 

Carbon Co-op won the Ashden Award for Green Skills for their work on their People Powered Retrofit serviceannounced at the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, UK, at a ceremony attended by the President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado. 

Audley is a multi-award-winning architect and founder and Managing Director of Build-Eco.com “delivering the future via an innovative form of modular flat-pack offsite intelligent construction for the built environment”. His commitment within the built environment spans over decades in design and projects that build back greener, inspired by Buckminster Fuller and Walter Segal. Modern Methods of Construction (MMC), recently recognised for its many sustainable benefits supports his early belief in sustainability. Developed from the start of his career, it has led to a natural process in his thinking and inquisitive approach to sustainable architecture. Build-Eco’s Hurst Close project is featured on Good Homes Alliance website as a successful case study. 

Clara Bagenal George is an associate environmental design engineer at Elementa Consulting, a deep green engineering consultancy. In 2017 she initiated LETI a voluntary group of built environment professionals to support the transition of the UK’s built environment to net zero carbon. She is the lead editor for the recent LETI Climate Emergency Design Guide and LETI Embodied Carbon Primer. LETI is a network of over 1000 built environment professionals that are working together to put the UK on the path to a zero carbon future. 


Did you miss our session or want to find out more? Watch the recording here!