Brownfield Regeneration Summit

By Environment Analyst's Brownfield & Regeneration Network

November 2021 I Online Event

About the event


This online event is brought to you by Environment Analyst's Brownfield & Regeneration Network, a thriving community of brownfield consultants and contractors, which also welcomes the participation of property professionals, developers, planners, investors and regulators for networking and learning opportunities.


The Summit, which is taking place on 9-10 & 23-24 November, brings together our popular annual Remediation and Brownfield Waste Management conferences with a specific focus on achieving sustainability and net zero goals through brownfield regeneration and redevelopment.


The event will offer a unique mix of regulatory & guidance updates, technical presentations, strategically-focused panel discussions and business-leader roundtables, so there’s something for your whole team.



Brownfield Regeneration Summit programme

Achieving Sustainability and Net Zero Goals through Effective Brownfield Planning, Remediation & Waste Management Strategies

Tuesday 9 November 


Session One


9.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks from the Chair


9.35 Opening Keynote on Sustainability in Regeneration 


10.00 Update on the Planning Bill and its Implications for Local Development Planning 

  • Reviewing new planning policy direction - key objectives and timescales:

    • the outcome of local authority consultation

  • Assessing the implications of new planning regulation for brownfield regeneration and meeting net zero ambitions:

    • how can the planning system truly drive sustainable development and improved social value?

    • integrating biodiversity and nature-based solutions into planning

    • what other reforms are needed to assist in achieving these aims eg local authority resources and funding, land disposal  

  • Exploring how the aims and objectives of the Environment Bill will be embedded into new Planning reforms  


10.30 Exploiting the Availability and Use of Geospatial Data to Enable Innovation & “Joined-Up Thinking” in Local Development Planning & Facilitate Sustainable Regeneration 

11.00 Embedding Sustainability into Regeneration and Local Master Planning Policies, Strategies and Practices: Local Authority Perspective 


11.30 Session close


Session Two


13.00 Business Leader Panel Discussion on Sustainability


Discussing how we can work towards better defining sustainability and net zero goals within brownfield and embedding these into regeneration projects and land portfolio management strategies


Session Three


15.00 Panel Discussion on Funding Available to “Unlock” Sites & Facilitate Urban Brownfield Regeneration 

  • Exploring the sources and mechanisms of funding available for brownfield and contaminated land redevelopment and urban regeneration and how to access them 

  • Effectively using the range of insurance, tax incentives, and other financial security mechanisms available to unlock potential development sites 

  • Outlining the support and expertise available to Local Authorities to remediate and de-risk sites and what is expected of them 

  • Detailing the One Public Estate Programme and how it is supporting councils to regenerate brownfield sites 

  • Leveraging opportunities for developers to achieve Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) through development and other schemes

  • Optimising potential benefits through partnerships and collaborative development proposals 

15.45  Effectively Managing & Mitigating Environmental Liability for Contaminated Sites  

  • Identifying likely current and future liabilities and associated costs

    • what are the key factors affecting these

    • exploring liability under the “Polluter Pays” Principle

    • to what extent can a landowner protect themselves against future contamination liability?

  • Examining mechanisms for transferring environmental liability to enable regeneration of contaminated sites 

  • Exploring opportunities for contaminated land to facilitate sustainable land use and be re-purposed for projects such as renewable energy: clarifying the extent to which land use change is permitted / enabled under current planning policy  


16.30 Session Close


Wednesday 10 November 


Session Four


9.30 Demonstrating the Sustainability of a Project as part of a Remedial Strategy

  • Measuring the carbon footprint of a remediation project

  • Using new carbon tools and applying SURF-UK principles to choose the most sustainable remedial option

  • Tools to quantify the impact of brownfield regeneration in reducing carbon, enhancing biodiversity, and adding social value.


10.30 Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on the Design & Effectiveness of Remediation Strategies


  • Incorporating future climate change projections into an environmental risk assessment - assessing the impact that effects such as increased rainfall, strong winds and prolonged dry spells could have on the movement of contaminants    

  • Exploring the consequences of this on the effectiveness of certain remediation processes (eg natural attenuation) 

  • Designing resilient and sustainable long-term remediation solutions to accommodate future changes in environmental and site conditions as a result of climate change

    • what impact will this have on currently used techniques? 


11.00 Session Close


Session Five 


13.30 Innovative Remediation Solutions 


This session will include case-study presentations offering practical techniques and technologies for remediating different contaminants, including low-carbon solutions


Tuesday 23 November 


Session Six


9.30 Welcome & Opening Remarks from the Chair


9.35 Keynote Presentation: Waste Minimisation and Re-Use of Materials in Brownfield, Construction and Development 


10.00 Regulatory Update on Managing Waste in Brownfield Construction & Development

  • Clarifying Definitions of Use - progress on waste classification and what is “suitable for use”, where

  • Detailing the outcomes of the Waste Quality Protocols Review and what this means for construction and development waste 

10.30 An Update on DoWCoP v.3 and the Implications of Potential Revisions for Brownfield Development

  • Examining how to get the best out of DoWCoP to maximise excavated materials reuse on site

11.00 Detailing Key Legal Considerations to Minimise Your Liability in Waste Management

  • Outlining the current legal and regulatory guidance relating to:

    • waste definition and classification – the consequences of incorrect classification

    • applying waste acceptance criteria (WAC)

    • environmental permitting for waste  

  • Examining the current landfill tax regime in England, Scotland and Wales and the associated risks of non-compliance

  • Examining legal liabilities under the revised Duty of Care and how you can mitigate your risks

  • Identifying the legal barriers to achieving a circular economy and how they can be overcome

11.30 Panel & Audience Discussion: These presentations will be followed by a Panel Discussion on the Circular Economy & Sustainable Re-use of Soils in Brownfield Regeneration. 

  • Exploring the best way forward for achieving circular economy and sustainability goals within current waste regulation and policy frameworks

  • What changes are needed to the planning & development system to incentivise re-use of soil and waste materials (eg soil hospitals, incentivising re-use)

12.15 Session Close


Wednesday 24 November 


Session Seven


9.30 Welcome Back


9.35 Better Understanding the Value and Benefits of Soil to Optimise its Contribution to Biodiversity & Net Zero Goals

  • Exploring the changing views towards soil being a commodity of value rather than a waste: better understanding the microbio benefits of soil  

  • Detailing how soil can contribute to biodiversity and carbon sequestration to achieve the UK’s net zero ambitions

10.05 Best Practice Guidance for the Management of Surplus Soils  

10.35 Detailing how Enhanced Landfill Mining (ELM) can Maximise Recovery of Resources to Off-set the Costs of Site Remediation and Facilitate a Circular Economy Approach  


  • Detailing the current situation regarding landfill mining in the UK and the factors influencing this: 

    • clarifying the Regulatory position

    • examining the technical considerations, e.g. type of landfill, type and age of waste, hazardous waste implications, landfill gas risks, and processing technology

    • in-situ vs ex-situ landfill mining

  • Exploring next steps to realising the full potential of ELM in managing and re-using waste and reclaiming landfills for development  


11.05 This session will include case study-based presentations on landfill redevelopment and waste management in regeneration projects


Designing-out Waste and Pollution from the Outset to Add Value to Construction & Development Projects 


12.00 Session Close


Why attend?

Be informed and inspired

This conference will explore opportunities to integrate sustainability and net zero goals into brownfield regeneration through effective 
planning, remediation & waste management strategies.

Hear current thinking

Written by you, for you; this programme has been written based on research with local authorities and consultants to ensure it focuses specifically on those issues most pertinent to you now.

Time efficiency and focus


Remove yourself from day to day distractions and benefit from a series of focused presentations, designed to tackle key issues and impart practical advice and guidance.


Who should attend?

  • Principal Consultant

  • Technical Directors / Manager

  • Managing Director

  • Contaminated Land Officer / Specialist

  • Environmental Consultant

  • Environmental Protection Officer

  • Planning Officer

  • Regeneration Head / Director / Manager

  • Geologist

  • (Geo-)Environmental Engineer

  • (Geo-)Technical Specialist

  • Remediation Manager / Engineer

  • Land Quality Manager / Advisor

  • Scientist / Scientific Officer


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