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

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. Session introduction by Susannah Streeter
  3. The transition to a net-zero future will require all organisations, in all sectors of the economy, to play their part. In this session we’ll explore the ‘big picture’, what’s happening globally and how the UK compares. We will also look at the implications of the 6th Carbon Budget recommendations for 2037, and new reporting and disclosure requirements that are being introduced, to give you an understanding of the potential implications for your business. 
  4. Hanson UK’s parent company, HeidelbergCement, has set an ambitious target for net zero carbon concrete by 2050. The Mineral Products Association has also launched its own roadmap to beyond net zero by 2050 and there are a number of opportunities available to achieve this.

    As well as focusing on the progress made to reduce CO2 emissions since 1990, Marian’s presentation covers the developments and innovation currently being looked at by the company to deliver further reductions through fuel switching, hydrogen use and CCS.

  5. O.C.O Technology specialise in carbon capture, sustainable construction products and waste treatment. They operate three plants in the UK and have operations around the world.

    Built on more than 20 years of award-winning research, accelerated carbonation technology has helped make us a world leader in permanent capture of carbon and the only producer of a carbon negative aggregate.

    O.C.O is currently only one of a few companies in the UK to hold E.A ‘end of waste’ approval, classifying the finished aggregate as a product.

  6. Shell has played a vital role in powering the UK’s industry, transport systems and homes for over 120 years. Central to our success has been our ability to innovate and adapt to changing customer needs.  Our aim is to thrive through this energy transition by providing the mix of lower carbon products that our customers will need, while continuing to supply the oil and gas that society needs today and for years to come. In this invigorating session, Jane Lindsay-Green, B2B Low Carbon Offers Manager from Shell UK, will discuss ways in which we are helping our customers to transition to cleaner energy solutions. 
  7. Break / Explore the exhibition
  8. 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.

  9. Session introduction by Susannah Streeter
  10. Leading global equipment manufacturer JCB continues to deliver innovative solutions to meet customer demand from across the world. As a vertically-integrated manufacturer, working in the construction, agricultural and industrial sectors, JCB is a designer and manufacturer of its own award-winning diesel engines. However, JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer, Tim Burnhope, will explain how the company is not only continuing to develop a clean diesel offering, but how JCB also leads the way in the adoption of net zero driveline solutions, including the growing range of electric products.
  11. With the price of fuel going up and the legislation getting stricter towards noise and carbon emissions, the time is right for electric solutions in aggregates industry. However, the diesel power has clear advantages as well. 

    Metso Outotec has pioneered the hybrid-powered crushers and screens for decades, being one of the first to offer a complete line of more sustainable diesel-electric solutions. The Lokotrack e-Power range offers the best of both worlds – the economy of electricity and flexibility of fuel. Is now the time to make the switch? We look at the facts, figures, and customer experiences to find out. 

  12. The UK Quarry industry undertakes an enormous amount of pumping on a daily and hourly basis. Moving the dewatering and wash plant supply pump sets to Stage V engines or IEC4 electric will lead to a large reduction in NOx and fuel burn, leading to a smaller carbon footprint of any UK operation. DXB Pump will highlight the benefits of moving to Stage V engines and remove the myths and concerns of using Stage V in a quarry on a daily basis and how it will drive profitability in your own quarry.  
  13. Both politically and socially decarbonization is a major focus for all parts of society. The construction industry is not exempt from this pressure both from legislation and due to customer demand. There are many technology options available to reduce construction equipment’s dependence on fossil fuels, some of these technologies are more suitable than others. In this session Terex would like to discuss how this topic relates to tracked mobile crushing and screening equipment, looking at local and global market trends, the various technology options and the overall benefit of them. 
  14. xlectrix Power and our UK & Ireland Partner, Green Power Systems UK, will be pioneering the construction site of the future concept. Hartl Crushers are well known in the material processing industry and it was out of their own use, with their electric Mobile Solutions, that lead to the development of BESS technology to hybridize oversized and high fuel consuming diesel generators. This is based on offering both on- and off-grid solutions. DG hybridization, Peak Power Boost, Plug and Play for rental / construction / inner city applications save both the environment as well as costs for customers.
  15. Break / Explore the exhibition
  16. 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.

  17. Session introduction by Susannah Streeter
  18. Concrete has supported the evolution of man for thousands of years; its durability is evident across the globe. Today as our world is changing to respond to climate and environmental impacts, we all need to evolve our thinking when it comes to concrete. Collaboration and early engagement are key to driving success for cleaner construction. Low-carbon concrete is already available and proven. Learn about how Tarmac can help you to specify concrete to save carbon now. 
  19. Presenting Coomtech SMR technology using a patented, unique, managed turbulent air-drying technique capable of running at 25% of the energy, carbon release and costs of traditional thermal drying systems for bulk solids.
  20. Already recognised for its forward-thinking approach to fleet and energy management, Derbyshire-based Longcliffe Group has set itself the ambitious target of being carbon neutral by the time of its hundredth anniversary in 2027. The complex jigsaw of efficiency savings, wind/hydro/solar generation, investment in new transport solutions, and expansion of nature reserves and farm & forestry offsets, all makes for a heady mix!  
  21. Sustainability, sometimes a misunderstood word open to journalistic or political spin. In this webinar Rick will discuss how durability is a key factor in achieving this goal. The recent introduction of Total Styrelf Long Life polymer-modified bitumen can extend asphalt service aiding Sustainability Through Durability. Total’s global patented expertise with innovative modification of binders now contributes to asphalt life cycle optimisation reducing future maintenance interventions, cost, climate impacts and travel disruption. The session will highlight a long-term trial partnership with Highways England on the strategic network currently underway to fully understand the impact of these new generation of binders. 

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