Rushlight Built Environment Briefing

Smart Sustainable Cities

Tuesday 9 October 2018

5.30pm – 9.00pm

Hosted by  

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 25 Moorgate, London, EC2R 6AY


Cities provide homes for more than 50% of the population, 80% of world economic output and 70% of all energy consumption.  Urban areas therefore need to lead the way in reducing fossil fuel emissions, becoming more resilient to climate change and addressing the other sustainable development goals.

BSI define Smart Cities as a term that denotes the effective integration of physical, digital and human systems in the built environment to deliver a sustainable, prosperous and inclusive future for its citizens.  This includes the use of ICT, but does not limit the term smart to denote just the use of ICT.

The key elements of a sustainable smart city include

  • offering a sustainable agricultural ecosystem and plentiful access to raw materials
  • favouring efficient building design, sustainable energy systems, green transportation and green living
  • providing zero footprint water consumption through low and high tech means (rainwater collection, recycling systems)
  • exhibiting an awareness of its own context and local impact
  • resilience to long-term changes

The use of technology to enhance the lives of urban dwellers and to make significant advances in addressing the SDGs is being actively proposed.  Smart solutions are being pursued to encourage and manage a more diverse base for energy generation, optimise the use of existing energy resources, monitor and manage the demand for energy and to incentivise positive environmental behaviour and decision-making.  Smart innovation is accelerating the transition from the internal combustion engine in transport to electric vehicles and other reductions in the carbon intensity of transport and logistics.

This built environment briefing shall look in detail at the ways in which a city can operate sustainably and in a smart way, what is already happening, what the latest innovations are and what the future holds for city living in the next 20 years.


5.30pm Registration

6.00pm Welcome: Andrew Bond, Partner, Smith & Williamson

6.10pm Introduction: Clive Hall, Rushlight Events

6.15pm Keynote – inv

6.40pm Transport in a Smart City – TfL inv

7.05pm Panel discussion and Q&A, augmented by

Peter Radford, Principal, Amber Infrastructure and MEEF

Diana Davidson, Managing Director, Vertemis Ltd

Peter North, Senior Manager – Smart Energy Systems, Greater London Authority

8.00pm Networking and drinks

9.00pm Close

Who should attend?

Smart technology developers, sustainability consultants, investors and financiers, public sector managers, planners, transport and logistics developers and planners, architects, architectural technologists, other sustainability professionals, surveyors, interior designers, property investment and fund managers, estates and facilities managers, property developers, builders, analysts, corporate financial advisors, advisers and other followers of the market.


Each delegate place costs £40 + VAT and the number of places are limited.

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Peter Radford – Amber Infrastructure

Pete is a qualified chartered accountant and has worked in the finance industry for 13 years. He started his career with RBS in their Structured Finance team which included issuing over £2bn of debt facilities across the local authority, education, infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. While at RBS he was part of the team that provided debt finance to Amber’s London Energy Efficiency Fund (LEEF) and  Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres Fund (SPRUCE). Pete subsequently joined Amber in 2011 and is currently a Principal in Amber’s Sustainable Energy team. Most recently Pete has been working on Amber’s Mayor of London’s Energy Efficiency Fund (MEEF), a new £500m fund investing in low carbon projects within the Capital.”

Peter North – GLA

Peter is Senior Manager – Smart Energy Systems, at the Greater London Authority (GLA). His role is to support both the public and private sector to develop and deliver larger-scale low to zero-carbon urban heat network projects to deliver a zero-carbon London by 2050. His responsibilities also include the development of the GLA’s smart energy programme that focuses on London’s SME and home demand-side response potential and the application of advanced process control.  His professional career has been in the energy sector in the development, design and implementation of private and public-sector energy projects. His technology experience ranges from nuclear and fossil fuels, to combined heat and power, district heating and renewables including waste. His work has involved the commercial development of energy projects combining engineering with commercial structuring and financing.  He holds a BSc in Engineering and an MSc in Building Services Engineering. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Chartered Engineer.

Diana Davidson – Vertemis

Diana is a social entrepreneur with a track record in digitally transforming healthcare, transport, utilities, infrastructure, education, data centres, retail, sport, real estate, industry, commerce, homes and cities.  She qualified as one of the first Chartered Environmentalist Members of the Energy Institute to specialise in the Internet of Things in 2010 – uniquely accrediting a decade of digital management experience in FM, energy and urban design where she pioneered integrated, enterprise, automated, predictive, mixed reality, SaaS, PaaS and smart services.  Now, her work in cleantech with Fortune, FTSE, AIM, NASDAQ, Government and startup organisations is futureproofing communities – growing global award winning Industry 4.0 solutions in energy generation, infrastructure and consumption systems which are improving the health and wellbeing of millions of customers well into the future.