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Climate innovation for Aotearoa NZ’s built environment

26 October, 2021 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Join leading built environment businesses for a practical discussion on the sector’s need for climate innovation and where it should come from, as we look towards 2030 and 2050.

What are the biggest climate challenges facing the built environment? How can these challenges be turned into opportunities? What existing solutions should be championed? Where are there gaps and how should we be looking to fill them?

Our panellists will discuss these questions, facilitated by Ian Short from The Connective, former CEO of Climate-KIC, the world’s largest climate change innovation initiative.

This panel discussion is brought to you by Auckland Unlimited, Auckland’s economic and cultural agency, which is in the process of establishing a climate innovation hub. This will be a new demand-lead, cross sector collaboration that will bring together the organisations required to develop, demonstrate and scale the solutions needed for a climate resilient and low-carbon Tāmaki Makaurau and Aotearoa New Zealand.


Ian Short (Facilitator) – Founder of The Connective, former CEO of Climate-KIC, the world’s largest climate change innovation partnership, and of the Institute for Sustainability.

Sean Lockie – Sean has had a 20+ year international career at the forefront of built environment sustainability and climate change solutions. Sean has recently joined ARUP as part of the leadership team, heading climate change innovation. Prior to joining ARUP, Sean was a co-founding Director of the Healthy Clean Cities (HCC) programme at EIT Climate-KIC the EU’s largest innovation agency looking at solving the climate crisis through systems innovation. This programme is now activating 100 cities in Europe as part of the ‘Green Deal’ to bring about a radical innovation in; citizen activation, procurement, policy / regulation, education, production and supply chains, finance, business models and governance. He has also held leadership roles at Atkins, the Building Research Establishment and is a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Alec Tang – Alec Tang is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (FIEMA). He has spent the bulk of his career developing and delivering innovative sustainability solutions across business, academia and the public sector. Most recently, Alec’s work has been focussed on the creation of low carbon, resilient and equitable urban environments, initially leading Auckland Council’s Chief Sustainability Office through the development of Te Tāruke-ā-Tāwhiri, Auckland’s Climate Plan (, and latterly as Director of Sustainability at Kāinga Ora: Homes and Communities. Alec also currently lectures on sustainable business at Auckland University of Technology.

Fiona Short – Fiona is a Registered Architect and Group Lead of Sustainability at Warren and Mahoney Architects. Her passion is helping project teams deliver regenerative impact through their residential, civic, commercial and education projects. Fiona is currently a supervisor of PhD research into embodied carbon in New Zealand architecture.

Helen Jenkins – General Manager, Sustainability at Fletcher Building


26 October, 2021
9:00 am - 10:00 am