Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Remediation Solutions

17th May 2022 11:00
Duration: 2hr

We’re pleased to announce the launch of a two-part webinar series on the subject of brownfield regeneration.

The successful delivery of societal resilience to changing climate depends on increased adaptation and acceptance by both society and industry of the need to rapidly embrace change.  Such is anticipated to drive both innovation and opportunity throughout all sectors. Our sector is no different.

Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration is a two-part webinar series where we will share some of the more recent policy changes that will increasingly influence how we deliver sustainable brownfield development in the UK.  This will include the provision of policy updates, their associated opportunity and legal perspective on responsibilities and risk. On a more practical basis we will also present awareness of the tools available to assist decision making to sustainable remediation options and waste classification.

Sustainability in the Delivery of Brownfield Regeneration: Sustainable Remediation Solutions, is the first webinar in this series. In this first session we will introduce the Environment Act and the now mandatory 10% biodiversity net gain (BNG) target for developments in England. We will discuss how it may profoundly alter the economics of site remediation, how developers may leverage opportunities to achieve BNG through development and how to maximise natural capital benefits in remediation. We will then take a tour of some of the tools currently available in the UK to support the decision-making journey and the identification of sustainable remediation solutions.

This webinar is two hours in length and will feature three influential and leading UK speakers, each with an aim to share and increase awareness, direct listeners to available resource and provide an opportunity for open discussion. These presentations will be followed by an opportunity for audience questions to the expert group.

The narrative and detail presented will be of particular interest to developers, consultants and contractors alike.

Please note that both webinars in the Sustainability in the delivery of Brownfield Regeneration series are available at a reduced, bundle rate. Members of the AGS may purchase both webinars for £40 (or £25 for one) and Non-Members can purchase both webinars for £45 (or £30 for one). Prices exclude VAT.

If you are an AGS member, please select your AGS member company at the checkout to obtain the member rate.



Maximising the Natural Capital Benefits of Remediation Projects

Stephanie Wray, Managing Director at Nature Positive

The remediation of contaminated sites, and the productive reuse of marginal, derelict and vacant land,  is often focused solely on built development or a return to agriculture.  This is the result of the traditional approaches to valuing land which prioritises built / manufactured capital over natural or social capital.  The Global Post-2020 Biodiversity Framework, to be signed by political leaders around the world at COP15  in Kunming, China this year heralds a new approach to dealing with natural resources and sets out a vision for a world living in harmony with nature.  As governments around the world seek to make the targets emerging from COP15, and COP26, into a strong, measured and prioritised set of actions, it is clear that we all need to change the way we act, think and measure success.  Part of this is the recognition of land as a limited resource and ensuring that our demands on land and the natural environment are sustainable.  In this context, we need to be able to understand the best end use of remediated sites, which may not always be built development.  In this presentation, Stephanie will explore the tools and techniques available for identifying, mapping, quantifying and monetising natural capital which can help to shape the right outcomes for remediation projects around the world.  Using a number of case studies she will demonstrate sites where their remediation would deliver the greatest value to society through aspects such as biodiversity net gain, prevention of soil erosion, protection of pollinators, coastal protection, prevention of flooding and carbon sequestration.  She will also explore the means of ensuring the right natural capital assets are supported in the right places.  When we accept that our economies are embedded within the natural environment, and not external to it, it is clear that we need to take account of the value of nature in how we manage land.  Using this ‘inclusive wealth’ model in remediation projects allows us to demonstrate the benefits of non-built solutions.  Green end uses of land, which deliver ecosystem service benefits can be a financially viable alternative, particularly in the light of developing global markets for carbon and biodiversity offsets.

What tools are now available when considering sustainability? 

Nicola Harries, Technical Director at CL:AIRE

The presentation will introduce the concept of Sustainable Management Practices, showing how companies can start to improve sustainable thinking, decision-making and action across all land contamination activities. In addition you will be provided a whistle stop tour of some of the different tools that are now available if you want to carry out a simple sustainability assessment.


Alexander Lee
Technical Director, Environment at WSP

Alex is the AGS Contaminated Land Working Group Leader, current Chair of the UK National Brownfield Land Forum and a resident upon the National Land Quality Mark Steering Group. He is a SoBRA Accredited Risk Assessor and accredited under the discipline headers: human health, permanent gasses, vapours and controlled waters.

A chartership scrutineer for SoBRA and the British Geological Society including for Chartered Scientist and Chartered Geologist, he also has responsibility for quality and technical improvement across all WSP UK ground and water teams with over 27 years’ experience.

Alex is a regular expert witness and typically oversees WSP more complex projects. He remains a regular chair and presenter at both domestic and international conference and contributor and author to UK industry guidance. He is currently working with the Environment Agency on Informing regulatory considerations of climate change impacts and adaptation for waste deposit, landfill and land contamination.

Claire Petricca-Riding
National Head of Planning & Environmental law at Irwin Mitchell

Claire advises on all aspects of planning and environmental law.  Working with a wide range of clients from across the real estate, manufacturing, energy, maritime and waste management sectors, Claire’s practical approach and guidance enables them to successfully navigate their individual planning and environmental challenges and ambitions within the evolving regulatory framework.

Stephanie Wray
Managing Director at Nature Positive

Stephanie is the founder of Nature Positive, a specialist management consultancy in the RSK Group that helps organisations to understand the business risks associated with their dependence or impact on the natural environment. She is also a founder of RSK Wilding, a commercial rewilding consultancy.   An expert biodiversity and sustainability consultant, she has over 25 years’ experience in the assessment of impacts of major infrastructure projects, and corporate biodiversity foot-printing.  She has worked in the UK, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and in diverse sectors including energy, oil and gas, mining, construction, manufacturing and retail.  Prior to joining RSK, Steph was Global Environment Director for Hyder Consulting, now Arcadis. A past President and Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Ecology and Environmental Management (CIEEM), Steph is chair of CIEEM’s Strategic Policy Panel.

Nicola Harries
Technical Director at CL:AIRE

Nicola Harries is a chartered geologist and chartered scientist and has over 30 years’ experience within the environmental industry. She has responsibility for managing and delivering on a number of CL:AIRE research projects, and co-ordinates the National Brownfield Forum (industry/government/regulator forum), the National Quality Mark Scheme for Land Contamination Management Steering Group, the Sustainable Remediation Forum UK (SuRF-UK) and SuRF – International.

AGS Members: £30.00
Non-members: £36.00
inc. VAT

AGS Members: £30.00
Non-members: £36.00
inc. VAT