‘Delivering Net-Zero Carbon Buildings - a new skillset for the future’
October 07th 2021
The Challenge of understanding the skills gap
Head of Smart Cities
Scottish Power Smart Solutions
Euan Norris is ScottishPower Smart Solution’s Head of Smart Cities, who has a clear objective and passion to implement the energy services and solutions that enables Cities, Local Government and Communities, across the UK, deliver ‘Net Zero’ and a better future, quicker. An experienced energy professional, Euan Joined ScottishPower in 1997 and has since held several positions across the Energy Retail and Network’s businesses covering Energy Strategy & Planning, Regulatory and Commercial policy development, Innovation and deployment of Real-Time Systems that support the accelerated uptake in renewable generation technologies. In 2015 successfully led the team that delivered the award winning Accelerating Renewable Connections (ARC) NIC project, implementing innovative technical and commercial solutions that facilitated circa. £300m of capital investment to connect renewable generation to the grid achieving connection an average of 3-years ahead of traditional connection timescales.
Away from work, Euan coaches the next generation of football referees across Scotland following a successful career as a Category 1 match referee, officiating in the Scottish Premier League regularly as well as representing his country undertaking appointments at International level, culminating in his appointment as a match official at the 2012 European Championship held in Poland and Ukraine.
Director of Environment
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Managing Director of Real Estate Finance, Large Corporate
Charlie heads up the Large Corporate Commercial Real Estate team at Natwest, a team of relationship bankers that serves the largest operators in the Real Estate sector in the UK with all of their banking needs from borrowing to clearing services, as well as supporting access to debt capital markets. The customer base spans the listed REITs, large private Estates and private equity sponsors.
Charlie also has responsibility for leading the bank’s Sustainability agenda for the Real Estate sector, with the primary goal of supporting customers on the journey to net zero carbon emissions.
Prior to joining Natwest in 2017, Charlie held roles with Santander, Lloyds Banking Group and HBOS, starting in a general corporate relationship team in 2001. In 2006, Charlie moved to a dedicated real estate team and has specialised in this sector since that time.
Relationship banking perfectly complements her degree course, having graduated from Reading University with a BSc in Mathematics and Psychology in 2001.
Charlie is a Trustee of a small start-up charity, The Kids Network, that provides mentoring services to primary school children across London, a role which she has held for three years and very much enjoys. Charlie is also a keen runner and cyclist, with the Berlin marathon under her belt and three bicycles in her collection to date.
Head of Sustainable Finance
Rishi Madlani has worked for NatWest Group for over 15 years across the London, Amsterdam and Frankfurt offices. Rishi is Head of Sustainable Finance and Just Transition for the Group which encompasses the bank’s activities supporting the transition to a lower carbon economy and increasing funding to areas with a wider social purpose. Over the last 2 years the bank provided 9.9bn of funding to support activity in the climate sector and the bank has now set a £20bn funding and financing target to support climate and sustainable finance.
Rishi also serves on the boards of the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association and RenewableUK.
UK Director of Energy & Sustainability
Chairperson: Rishi Madlani, Head of Sustainable Finance, NatWest Group
The aim of this session is to bring together experts who will share their views on the skills needed now and in the future, to meet the challenge for radical transformation across the Built Environment. We will also be polling attendees on the big questions posed over the course of the event. A brief will be written following this, to feed into the UKGBC’s ‘Whole Life Carbon Road Map’ that they are taking to COP-26.
Background: Under a new climate law, the EU has committed to cut carbon emissions by at least 55% by 2030, compared with 1990 levels. The UK’s commitments are by 2035, to have cut carbon emissions by 78%. This is a huge undertaking and to meet these commitments, we need to halve the energy use of the UK’s buildings over the next 9 years, by making buildings energy efficient and fit for the future. Transforming homes, offices etc into energy efficient, net zero carbon buildings, will require strategic thinking, new materials and new products. This will create the need for new, greener jobs which will require new skills as well as a climate decision making, and reflection embedded into every one of these roles. There is a huge amount of work to do and the challenge is too great for any one organisation to tackle alone. To understand and address the skills gap requires collaboration and knowledge-sharing across sectors.