#CEweekLDN Webinar: Metals in construction and the circular economy

Date: Thursday 17th June   Time: 13:00-14:45   Location:

Join the Alliance for Sustainable Buildings Products (ASBP) for a free-to-attend webinar as part of #CEweekLDN, exploring the latest innovations and developments for metals in construction, and how these approaches can accelerate the transition to a more circular economy. 

What is #CEweekLDN?

#CEweekLDN, or Circular Economy Week London, is a showcase and celebration of the work being done the accelerate cities’ transition to a low carbon circular economy. 

The week brings together policymakers, business leaders, financiers and marketers, thinkers and practitioners from the public and private sector, to bring circular economy to life and share insights and success stories. 

The fourth annual #CEweekLDN takes place online from 12-18 June 2021. Find out more at https://ceweek.london/

Who is this aimed at? 

This webinar is aimed at built environment professionals and anyone with an interest in circular economy.

ASBP’s circular economy activity:  

The ASBP has been exploring the important topic of material reuse for over 5 years, with our Reuse Summit being held in December 2020. You can watch the summit on our website: https://asbp.org.uk/webinar-recording/asbp-2020-reuse-summit.

ASBP has partnered on various research projects, particularly involving steel reuse, and has convened a Reusable Products & Building Network. Our latest circular economy project, BIO-CIRC, investigating the waste bedding sector and the potential reuse of a problematic waste source – polyester duvets, which currently suffer from poor recycling rates and sanitary issues.


13:00 Welcome from ASBPSimon Corbey, Director, ASBP

Simon is a Chartered Surveyor, with a Masters in Architecture; Advanced Energy and Environmental Systems from UEL/CAT with a thesis on the BedZED lessons. He worked at Construction Resources (London’s first green building store); BioRegional, based at BedZed, where his duties included a LCA of B&Qs product range and setting up One Planet Products. Simon has worked under the umbrella organisation of the Sustainable Development Foundation, initially working for the Good Homes Alliance and now working for the ASBP to enable real change in the industry and help deliver low carbon healthy buildings. His work with the ASBP concentrates on seminars and learning events but also includes liaising with members and involvement with policy.

13:10 Centre for Circular Metals – Dr. Sumit Hazra, Senior Research Fellow, CircularMetal CE centre

Sumit Hazra completed his undergrad and postgrad degrees at the Mechanical Engineering Department of Imperial College, London. On completion, he joined the R&D division of an automotive supplier, where he was involved in the design of frontal airbag systems. Specifically, he was responsible for the stress analysis of airbag housings to ensure that they remained intact as the airbag deployed in the event of a crash event. He joined Warwick and WMG in 2004 and has been involved in 1) Determining the sensitivity of aluminium formability to real-world process variations. 2) The development of a novel wavelet-based method to predict the location and severity of subtle cosmetic defects in automotive skin panels. The technique was deployed within industry. 3) Determining the strain state in the thickness of a sheet when it is formed over small tooling radii with neutron diffraction methods 4) The statistical characterisation of the formability of automotive steels and aluminiums 5) The characterisation of yielding in aluminiums and steels using X-ray diffraction techniques 6) The roll formability of ultra high strength steels. Sumit’s research is funded by EPSRC, High-value Manufacturing Catapult, the UK’s regional development funds and automotive OEMs and suppliers.

13:25 CuSP: Copper Sustainability PartnershipHelen Powell, Head of Digital, Liquid PR

With ten years of agency and in-house experience, Helen has worked on digital and offline projects for clients including Yale, Cameron Homes, Walton Homes and HomeServe. Recently she has been working with Lawton Tubes and Mueller Europe in developing the Copper Sustainability Partnership (CuSP) website and campaign.

13:40 Reused steelRoy Fishwick, Managing Director, Cleveland Steel & Tubes

Roy has been working at Cleveland Steel, a specialist supplier of repurposed and reused steel pipe for construction and civil engineering, since 1991 and spent the last 10 years lobbying and promoting circular economy through steel reuse.

13:55 Innovating with aluminiumDrew Robins, Head of Specification, ARP

Drew is Head of Specification & Marketing at ARP, one of the UK’s leading producers of aluminium building products. A passionate advocate for the role that sustainable materials can play in the circular economy, Drew has twenty years’ experience in buying, selling, designing, and specifying sustainability with some of the construction sector’s biggest brands.

14:10 Metal recycling and the circular economy – Bill Firth, General Manager Business Development, EMR Metal Recycling Ltd

Bill is a General Manager for EMR and is actively developing a number of new business initiatives across the UK involving the production of low carbon recycled and reusable materials. These projects are underpinned by EMR’s Decade of Action which details our plans to achieving Carbon Net Zero by 2040. 

14:25 Discussion

14.45 Close

Date and time

Thursday 17th June 2021, 13:00-14:45


Registration is free, booking essential. 

Click ‘REGISTER’ to book your place (via Eventbrite). Following registration, you will receive an email with joining instructions for the Zoom webinar (a few days before the event). If you have any queries, please contact larry@asbp.org.uk.


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