30-31 March 2021

New Horizons

Building the Recovery


Tuesday 30 March

As the construction sector works towards becoming a net-zero carbon industry, the demand for more environmentally friendly processes and building products that enhance the sustainability of new buildings and infrastructure is increasing. The mineral products industry will play a pivotal role in helping to combat climate change and decarbonizing construction to ensure the UK meets its net-zero target by 2050.


Renewable energy, electrification, hybrid technology, hydrogen power, and CCUS (carbon capture, utilization, and storage) will all have a part to play.

Hillhead Digital will provide an opportunity for delegates to gain a better understanding of the climate-related issues and challenges facing the industry, and to learn about the newest technological advances and product innovations, energy-saving solutions and carbon-reduction programmes to achieve a sustainable future.

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Susannah Streeter

The day will be hosted by Susannah Streeter a leading broadcaster and financial commentator.  Susannah has anchored flagship BBC business news programmes on TV and radio and moderated at major summits, conferences and events, around the world, including the recent World Green Economy Summit in Dubai.

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Susannah Streeter

Get involved in the decarbonization debate

Click here to register your interest.  After completing this short form, a member of the Conference team will be in touch to provide more details on our selection criteria and assist you with the submission process.  If you require guidance before completing the form, please call 0115 945 3889 or e-mail us. 

Your content must be relevant to one of the three sessions outlined below.  The format for each of these sessions follows a short introduction and overview to each topic by Susannah Streeter; proceeded by four presentations with live questions at the end of each of them; and then finally a panel discussion at the end of each session.  

To ensure a fast-paced and punchy delivery which lends itself to the online environment, your presentation needs to be between 10 and 25 minutes in length, depending on the nature of your material and guidance from the Organisers.

Technical support and guidance will be provided to assist you with your presentation. 

Important dates

Friday 15 January 2021 Submission deadline
Friday 22 January 2021 Decision date
Friday 12 February 2021 Draft version deadline
Monday 8 March 2021 Final version deadline




Sessions include

  1. With climate-related issues and challenges facing the industry, will carbon mitigation or carbon adaptation (carbon offsetting vs carbon reduction), or both, be the answer as the construction sector works to become a net-zero carbon industry? Collaborations with innovators in carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS) and other ‘clean technology’ players are leading the way in advancing the decarbonization of production plants to help achieve a more sustainable future.

  2. The mineral products industry with its vast fleet of fossil-fuelled heavy excavators, loaders, haulers and processing equipment will have an important role to play in helping to combat climate change. Fuel substitution and energy transition will be at the heart of efforts to decarbonize mobile plant and equipment, to ensure the UK meets its net-zero target by 2050, with biofuels, electrification, hybrid technology, and hydrogen power all having a key part to play in the inevitable energy switchover.

  3. With growing demand for more environmentally friendly processes and building products to enhance the sustainability of new buildings and infrastructure, quarries are increasingly turning to energy-saving technology and renewable energy sources, asphalt producers are continuing to innovate with eco-friendly reduced-temperature mix technologies, whilst the energy-intensive cement industry has its sights firmly set on net-zero carbon cement and a vision of circular concrete production.

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