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UK Green Building Council unveils 2019 Future Leaders intake

22 participants from the public and private sector working in the built environment will be involved in this year’s programme, which looks to build up industry expertise to tackle climate change concerns

The UK Green Building Council has unveiled the 22 participants that will partake in the latest Future Leaders programme, which is now in its sixth year.

The Future Leaders initiative is intended to bring together promising individuals working within the built environment to work together on tackling major industry issues and concerns, according to the UKGBC.

Addressing growing concerns over the impact of building services functions on climate change has been identified as a key focus for this year’s programme following recent global findings urging more drastic action to reduce carbon emissions. A series of workshops and training events are therefore intended to allow the latest intake, made up of individuals from across the construction industry working in both the public and private sector, to look at potential solutions and collaboration projects during the five-month programme and beyond.

Ongoing professional development is another focus of the programme that offers participants opportunities to learn new skills around business model development, innovation projects and leadership.

This year’s intake will begin collaborating later this month, with the programme building up to a presentation evening in June that will address decision makers in the industry.

Elfrida Hamilton-Russell, head of learning and leadership with the UKGBC, said the latest intake was intended to gather the most promising individuals presently working in construction and the building services sector.  She added, that this year’s programme will be launched at a time where pressure is growing on industry to reduce the carbon footprint of infrastructure and buildings.

Ms Hamilton-Russel cited the recent landmark report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which calls for drastic action to introduce stricter climate change targets in order to prevent the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), as an example of the heightened challenges facing industry.

She said, “In the wake of the IPCC’s Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5 deg C, there has never been a more urgent time to invest in the development of forward-thinking individuals who can reimagine and transform our built environment for the better.”

“The new cohort brings an incredible breadth of skills and experience and we look forward to nurturing their talent through this unique programme of leadership and innovation.”

The full list of participants can be seen here.

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