ACAN @ COP26: Deconstructing Carbon

Date: Wednesday 3rd November   Time: 12:00-13:30   Location:

ACAN and the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products bring you a hybrid in person/online event, Deconstructing Carbon.

Embodied carbon has made it onto the Government’s to do list. Responding to mounting pressure, from all corners of the industry, to tackle the scandalously high level of carbon dioxide emissions that are spewed out by our construction activities, the recent Net Zero Strategy included a promise, although typically non-committal, to finally look into the problem.

That’s not all. Behind the scenes, two Government departments have kicked into gear, Parliament’s Environmental Audit Committee has held an inquiry, and in a particularly strange turn of events, Michael Gove’s speech at Conservative Party conference condemned the ugliness of buildings that have high ‘embedded’ carbon.

We’re finally talking about the carbon emissions caused by making buildings, but the true meaning of the term remains somewhat elusive. In an attempt to demystify the subject, ACAN have brought together some of the leading experts from architecture and academia who will deconstruct the term ‘Embodied Carbon’ and leave you with a sense of clarity and purpose as all of your questions are answered…

What is Embodied Carbon? Why is it so important? How can we reduce it on a project level? What kinds of policies should we adopt to tackle it at a national level? Our expert speakers will reveal all:


Kat Scott, dRMM. Sustainability and Regenerative Design Manager at dRMM. Kat is a Steering Group Member for Architects Declare UK, leads the Circular Economy workstream at the London Energy Transformation Initiative (LETI) and is a coordinator at ACAN, focusing on biodiversity and ecological issues

Jannik Giesekam, University of Strathclyde. Chancellor’s Fellow in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. His research and consultancy focusses on climate change mitigation in industrial supply chains, with a particular emphasis on the UK construction industry. This includes work on the policy and practices required to deliver net zero carbon buildings and infrastructure and a more circular economy. Jannik’s recently took his expertise to parliament – where he

Architype Edinburgh. Architype have led the industry for over 35 years in sustainable design, winning the AJ100 sustainable practice of the year award three times. The practice uses Passivhaus and Passivhaus Plus to achieve true zero carbon design and their projects consistently demonstrate operational, embodied and lifecycle carbon solutions.

Andrew Waugh, Waugh Thistleton Architects. Andrew Waugh is a founding Director of Waugh Thistleton a world leading architecture practice in the use of engineered timber to reduce embodied carbon emissions. The practice is working on a number of research projects looking into policy levers that could accelerate the shift away from carbon intensive construction materials towards low carbon alternatives such as timber.

Key details

  • Date: Wednesday 3rd November 2021
  • Time: 12:00-13:30 (GMT)
  • Location: IN PERSON (limited tickets) Many Studios. 3 Ross Street Glasgow, G1 5AR
  • Virtual: Tickets available for virtual viewing of the event


Registration is free, booking is essential. In-person tickets are very limited and available on a first-come first-serve basis. 


Please note that if you are attending this event in person, we will be operating this event in line with Scottish Government Covid regulations. We ask that you please keep your mask on while you are standing within the premises. We will be providing seating for you to enjoy your drinks without your mask on.

We have limited in person tickets to this event to comply with covid regulations. If you are no longer able to attend the event, we kindly ask that you cancel your ticket on Eventbrite to help us keep track of attendance. Thank you!

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