Future Footprints 2021 – Timber, steel and concrete: A carbon comparison

Date: Thursday 14th October 2021 Timings: 12:30 - 14:30


Join the Alliance for Sustainable Building Products, The Green Register and natureplus for a Future Footprints webinar, part of the natureplus Europe Event Series 2021, which will explore the environmental impacts of three major structural construction materials – timber, concrete and steel.

ASBP first held Future Footprints seminars with a similar focus back in 2013, exploring resource efficient approaches to construction with talks from a range of material experts. The landscape has changed significantly since then, with an ever-growing focus on the whole life cycle of a product, from embodied and sequestered carbon through to their disposal or reuse at end of life.

In addition to this, there has been a notable scarcity of both raw materials and building products both in the UK, Europe and worldwide, leading to higher costs for both manufacturers and clients, and longer lead times, which is having a knock-on effect on the delivery of construction projects with many sites temporarily closing.

At this event we’ll reflect on the steps made by the major players in the construction products industry to maximise resource efficiency and reduce the environmental impacts of their products, with a particular focus on embodied and sequestered carbon. This will be followed by what is sure to be a lively debate, facilitated by an invited carbon expert, where we will discuss the significant role these industries have in meeting our net zero targets.

This event is the UK entry for the natureplus Europe Event Series 2021, with a number of events hosted by natureplus representatives from across Europe. Click here to find out more about the events series.


Simon Corbey, Director, ASBP
Tilmann Kramolisch, Managing Director, natureplus
Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture, The Concrete Centre
Roy Fishwick, Managing Director, Cleveland Steel and Tubes Ltd.
Charlie Law, Sustainability Director, TDUK
Mark Lynn, Vice-Chair, ASBP


12:15 Registration and pre-event networking (breakout rooms)

12:30 Welcome from the event hosts - Simon Corbey, Director, ASBP and Tilmann Kramolisch, Managing Director, natureplus

12:40 A quick introduction to the whole life cycle approach – Sequestration, embodied carbon and more - Simon Corbey, Director, ASBP

12:55 Low carbon concrete - Elaine Toogood, Head of Architecture, The Concrete Centre

13:15 Reused steel - Roy Fishwick, Managing Director, Cleveland Steel and Tubes Ltd.

13:35 Short break

13:40 Timber: embodied and sequestered carbon - Charlie Law, Sustainability Director, TDUK

14:00 Debate facilitated by invited expert - Mark Lynn, Vice-Chair, ASBP

14:25 Summary of discussions

14:30 Close


  • £20.00 - Members (ASBP, The Green Register, natureplus)
  • £35.00 - Member of partner organisation*
  • £50.00 - Non-members/general admittance

*ACAN, AECB, Building Performance Network, BWF, CIBSE, Fit for the Future, Good Homes Alliance, Passivhaus Trust, STBA, The Green Register and Woodknowledge Wales.

Bookings via The Green Register. Event hosted on Zoom. Delegates will receive joining instructions a few days before the event.

Click here to book (via Green Register)

Special offer! You can book a discounted “3 for 2” ticket for 3 online events as part of natureplus Europe Event Series 2021 which includes the opening natureplus Symposium "Carbon storage and capture for free?" on 12th October, our Future Footprints 2021 event on 14th October and an event by IBO – “Carbon neutral by 2050 – the roadmap of the Austrian Cement Industry” on 21st October.

Click here to book for 3 online events (via natureplus)   

If you have any queries, please contact Richard Broad (richard@asbp.org.uk) or Larry Tate (larry@asbp.org.uk).

Further information

Alliance for Sustainable Building Products is a non-profit membership organisation formed in 2011 with a mission ‘to lead the transformation to a healthy low carbon built environment by championing the understanding and use of demonstrably sustainable building products’. We take a holistic approach to sustainability through our ‘Six Pillars of Sustainable Construction’ and our activities include conducting research, knowledge sharing, authoring guidance and delivering training to improve understanding and aid implementation.

The Green Register is an independent not-for-profit organisation delivering high quality, affordable training in sustainable construction to all industry disciplines. Through our membership and events, we connect professionals working in sustainable construction to one another and to those seeking their services.
Within our extensive training programme, you can explore all the key aspects of sustainable construction in the company of like-minded professionals. Learn about the impact of greener building practices and discover how you can help to create a built environment that saves energy and waste, champions low-carbon materials and is healthier for people and planet.

natureplus – ASBP is the UK representative for the association natureplus, based in Germany but with a distinguished reputation across Europe. The natureplus eco-label is designed to pull the market and sets exacting criteria for construction products and indoor health, requiring measured results from the lab, alongside criteria on embodied carbon.

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