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Come together, share learning and hear best practice in our year-round programme of online webinars and panel discussions. Hear from industry experts and get advice on current issues affecting the brownfield remediation and development sector.

Upcoming events

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​Regulatory Underfunding and the Drive for Net Zero  

10:00 BST on 27 September, Online panel discussion

 

Funding to the regulatory system that supports contaminated land assessment and remediation has been reducing over recent years. This has led to decreased involvement of both dedicated local contaminated land officers and the Environment Agency in many brownfield and contaminated land development projects. 

Efforts have been made within the sector to supplement this reducing involvement through self-governance, e.g. DoWCoP.  However, this has been hampered by uncertainty and regulatory concerns about applying this guidance, the permitting regime, and possible mis-use by certain companies. 

This Brownfield & Regeneration Network panel discussion, in partnership with Soilfix, will explore these issues, and the extent to which an underfunded, under-resourced regulatory system is presenting a barrier to brownfield development through significant delays, increased costs and additional carbon outputs on remediation projects and endeavour to find a possible way forward.

Chair:

George Evans, Managing Director, Soilfix Ltd

Panellists:

  • Steve Edgar, Managing Director, VertaseFLI
  • Nicholas Invernizzi, Head of Remediation, Berkeley Group
  • Richard Moakes, Managing Consultant, Ramboll
  • Graham Winter, Senior Advisor (Waste Strategy), Environment & Business, Environment Agency

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​Achieving Nutrient Neutrality in Brownfield Development 

13:00 BST on 19 October, Online webinar

 

Nutrient neutrality is a means of ensuring that a development plan or project does not add to existing nutrient burdens within a catchment or result in a net increase in nutrients received by sensitive habitats downstream. However, this has considerable implications for the planning and development of brownfield sites where it is often harder to provide the necessary mitigation onsite due to spatial constraints or the density of the development. 

In this webinar Simon and Wendy will outline the background to the nutrient neutrality issue, talk about the process of assessment and implications for inclusion of mitigation on site (with specific focus on brownfield sites), with discussion from the Local Planning Authority point of view, explanation of more strategic options, and how things are likely to develop in the next couple of years.  

Speakers:

  • Wendy Fergusson, Associate, Environment & Health, Ramboll
  • Simon Kennedy, Strategic Environmental Planning Manager, Partnership for South Hampshire

This webinar is for Brownfield & Regeneration Network members only. Find out more about membership here.

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​Remediation & Management of PFAS & Other Emerging Contaminants  

15:00-16:30 GMT* on 2 November, online webinar

 

Building on the discussions from our Groundwater 2022 conference, which focused on updated approaches to the risk assessment & management of PFAS & other emerging contaminants in groundwater, this webinar will explore innovative strategies and new techniques for the remediation and management of these contaminants of increasing concern.

Bringing together a range of perspectives, both UK and international, this online session will explore the considerations and approach being taken for different PFAS-contaminated sites, including:

  • Key risk drivers, practical concerns, and other questions that often need to be addressed; 
  • Developing a robust CSM to best understand where PFAS is present, the source, and likely migration; 
  • Deciding the most appropriate response with available solutions and technologies

Speakers will be announced shortly.

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Planned Brownfield & Regeneration Network event topics include:

  • Innovative Funding Solutions to Facilitate Brownfield Site Development 
  • Delivering Sustainability Goals on Small Sites
  • Practicalities of Landfill Development
  • Update on C4SLs Phase 2 
  • Making Brownfield Sites More Attractive for Investment
  • Improving Community & Stakeholder Communication & Engagement
  • Optimising the Use of Data to Better Understand Brownfield Sites

If you are interested in getting involved in one of these events, or have a topic you would like to suggest for a future event, please get in touch with amanda@environment-analyst.com.

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Use of a ‘Carbon Calculator’ Tool to Support Sustainable Remediation Design

​Steve Jackson, Director at Soilfix Ltd outlined how Soilfix are outlined how Soilfix are utilising their ‘Carbon Calculator’ tool to inform clients of the remediation option(s) with the lowest potential GHG emissions and the cost vs benefit of adopting alternative approaches, materials & ‘green fuels’.

Members can watch on-demand here

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Unlocking Barriers to Deliver Sustainable Brownfield Regeneration

​Hear panellists from RSK, NHBC, Urban & Civic and Stoke-on-Trent City Council explore how to unlock barriers (such as the skills shortage, the rising costs of materials, incorporating climate change and sustainability goals) to deliver sustainable brownfield remediation.

Members can watch on-demand here

Members can read the event report here.

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Legal Implications of the Environment Act for Brownfield Planning & Development

​Get an update on the legal implications of the developments to the planning system, biodiversity net gain and the Environment Act from Claire Petricca-Riding at Irwin Mitchell.

Members can watch on-demand here

Members can download the event report here.

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The Role of Regenerative Redevelopment in Sustainable Soil Management

Discover the role of regenerative redevelopment in sustainable soil management, new ways of protecting soils and the opportunities for delivering BNG.

Members can watch on-demand here

Members can download the event report here.

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Biodiversity Net Gain and Environmental Net Gain for Brownfield Sites

​Learn how biodiversity net gain (BNG) and natural capital assessments may deliver alternative uses for species-rich brownfield sites.

Members can watch on-demand here

Members can download the event report here.

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Sustainable Place-Making: Alternative Uses for Derelict & Vacant Brownfield Sites

Get insights from Forest Research, RSK Biocensus & Square Mile Farms into how projects can make better use of marginal and vacant brownfield sites, to achieve social, natural capital and sustainability goals.

Members can watch on-demand here

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Groundwater Spatiotemporal Data Analysis Tool (GWSDAT) – Introducing Version 3.1

This webinar with Shell introduces GWSDAT Version 3.1 and uses a number of case studies to demonstrate its use in achieving optimum groundwater monitoring and remediation.

Members can watch on-demand here

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IGNITION - Financing Urban Nature-Based Solutions to the Climate Emergency

Hear three partners from the Greater Manchester IGNITION project provide an overview of the milestones achieved in progressing towards a point where investment in nature-based solutions is business as usual.

Members can watch on-demand here

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Optimising Digital Innovations to Achieve Real-Time Data Collection & Improved Risk Assessment

Learn the role of technology in improving contaminated land, ground gas and groundwater risk assessments, through refinement of the conceptual site model and developing robust strategies.

Members can watch on-demand here

 

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Improving the Quality of Contaminated Land Reports

This session looked at the measures being proposed to address the quality of reports, including reviewing industry accreditation schemes, their role in improving standards and restoring confidence, and how to improve buy-in to the schemes.

Members can watch on-demand here