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Supporting low carbon futures through major infrastructure development webinar

9 September 2020

Webinar for ADEPT members only

The need for climate action and for green recovery at the local level is a clear priority for ADEPT. A range of supportive interventions are needed, and major infrastructure development must play its part, but what are the key drivers of this and how can the public and the private sector work collaboratively to create a place-based approach to green recovery in long-term major infrastructure development?

This will be the topic of a webinar on Tuesday 29 September (3-430pm), which will be supported by Radioactive Waste Management Ltd (RWM), a wholly-owned subsidiary of the government’s Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, and NuLeAF, an LGA Special Interest Group on nuclear legacy issues.

RWM is responsible for the construction and operation of a Geological Disposal Facility (GDF) for radioactive waste. This will be one of the largest and most significant long-term environmental protection projects ever undertaken in the UK. Geological disposal is recognised around the world as the best long-term option for management of higher-activity radioactive waste. Other countries such as Sweden and France have already identified their preferred GDF sites and construction is underway in Finland. The scale and longevity of the programme in the UK creates a unique opportunity for large scale, lasting change.

This multi-billion-pound infrastructure programme will offer substantial benefits over many decades to the community hosting the facility and can make a huge impact on a low carbon future. Place shaping and supporting green recovery will be key to this. Opportunities exist to:

  • Create new approaches across the whole project lifecycle – from innovative design, planning, construction and operation;
  • Develop place-based green recovery and regeneration through community-led investment, and;
  • With the support of our members and partners, to continue to develop new thinking and new learning to support our sector.

This provides a ‘real world’ case study to explore how we can drive place-based green recovery in partnership with local communities, identifying what we need to put in place now to stimulate new thinking and new learning, and what role ADEPT thought-leaders can play in maximising the benefits from this long-term investment in a green future.

Places on the webinar are limited. To reserve your place, please email [email protected]