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 – Prof Kathy Pain, Professor of Real Estate Development at Henley Business School, University of Reading.  Her presentation is BEB 9-10-18 Kathy Pain

6.40pm Keynote – Mike Pitts, Interim Challenge Director – Transforming Construction, Innovate UK.  His presentation is in 4 parts BEB 9-10-18 Mike Pitts 1BEB 9-10-18 Mike Pitts 2BEB 9-10-18 Mike Pitts 3BEB 9-10-18 Mike Pitts 4

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

Cecilie Muller, Global Cities Consulting lead, Accenture

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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Prof Kathy Pain – University of Reading

Professor Kathy Pain holds the Chair in Real Estate Development at the University of Reading’s Henley Business School where she is a Director of Research for Real Estate & Planning. Kathy holds a PhD in Geography, is a Corporate Member of the UK Royal Town Planning Institute and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society. She is the Globalization & World Cities (GaWC) Research Network Associate Director for Global City Planning. Kathy has published extensively on the economic growth and sustainable development of global cities and mega-city regions. Her research has informed academic and policy thinking in the UK, Europe, North America, the Middle East and the Pacific Asia region. Her recent 2016-17 research ‘Supporting Smart Urban Development’  for the Urban Land Institute and the New Climate Economy Coalition for Urban Transitions, has identified the significance of compact, dense urban form, international business and financial services, innovation and green environment, for investment returns and resilient development.

Formerly, Kathy co-directed the 2003-06 study, POLYNET: Sustainable Management of European Mega-City Regions with the late Professor Sir Peter Hall and was co-author of The Polycentric Metropolis: Learning from Mega-City Regions in Europe. She was the UK director for cities research in the European Union 2010-12 study, TIGER – Territorial Impact of Globalization for Europe and its Regions and co-author of Changing Urban and Regional Relations in a Globalizing World: Europe as a Global Macro-Region: She was co-author and editor of The Planning and Governance of Cities in Globalization published in the Routledge ‘Global Cities’ Critical Concepts in Urban Studies series:

Mike Pitts – Innovate UK

Dr Mike Pitts is Interim Deputy Director for the Transforming Construction ISCF Challenge at Innovate UK. He was previously Head of Urban Systems covering the priority areas of Urban Living and Smart Infrastructure. Mike has also led on embedding sustainability across Innovate UK’s strategy and programmes since he joined in November 2012. He has also led Clean and Cool entrepreneur Missions in 2013 to Brazil and 2015 to San Francisco. Mike also ran the Resource Efficiency programme during 2013/14.

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.

Cecilie Braemer Muller – Accenture

As Global Cities Consulting Lead, Cecilie is overseeing Accenture’s portfolio of business with city and regional administrations and national urban development agencies, specifically related to Consulting. She is responsible for developing innovative solutions and assets that can accelerate sales & delivery and for sharing international best practices between Accenture’s smart city projects, selling and delivering smart city projects, fostering new ecosystem partnerships and actively participating in research and conferences. She has worked internationally supporting sales/delivery of 20+ global cities projects.  She helps clients develop innovative strategies creating value cases across both the public and private sector. She has a focus on environmental & economical sustainable place-making in urban areas. Her experience includes defining the future city of 2030; for United Nations on city developments in the global south; with the Future Cities Catapult on Advanced Urban Services; on Smart City Analysis; with Tokyo Metropolitan Government on Economic Growth, for The World Economic Forum on Circular Economy Platform and on many other urban-related challenges globally.