14 March 2022 | Net Zero | Our Work

Final panellist confirmed for net zero webinar

Nick Blyth, Policy & Engagement Lead at IEMA, has been confirmed as the final panellist for the Local Council Roads Innovation Group’s (LCRIG) upcoming webinar – ‘Practical steps on the journey to net zero: Understanding the challenge’.



IEMA (Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment) is the professional body for everyone working, studying or interested in environment and sustainability.

The group is committed to supporting, encouraging and improving the confidence and performance of all these professionals, helping them to enhance their profile and recognition.

IEMA do this by providing resources and tools, research and knowledge sharing along with high-quality formal training and qualifications to meet the real-world needs of members.

Nick is IEMA’s Policy and Engagement lead on climate change, natural environment and corporate sustainability.

An IEMA fellow, Chartered Environmentalist and registered Environmental Auditor, Nick has worked in senior roles in the public sector, environmental consultancy and for UK NGOs.

For IEMA, Nick collaborates with leading stakeholders, working with Government departments, supporting advisory groups, engaging partners and in developing new UK and International Standards. He works closely with members in the IEMA Climate Change and Energy Network and with Corporate Sustainability professionals on critical challenges (including former Global Association of Corporate Sustainability Officers, GACSO).

Nick helped pioneer UK principles for Biodiversity Net-Gain (2016), worked with BEIS on ESOS (2014) and consultation and development of Streamlined Energy and Carbon reporting (2018). His work involves close engagement with IEMA members, drawing on their experience to inform new policy, standards and guidance. Nick is the Chair of ISO’s Climate Change Coordination Committee, overseeing the development of ISO Guide 84 and initiated ISO14068, a currently developing International Standard on Carbon neutrality and related terms. He also is a member of the Expert Peer Review Group for the UNFCCC Race to Zero campaign.


Event details

The webinar is the first in a series of events and will set out the breadth of the challenge faced with a focus on working towards solutions to help the sector reach net zero. There is still time to register with the event taking place next Tuesday (22nd March) at 11am.

With the roads sector under increasing pressure to adapt to improving environmental standards and meet the expectations of government and society; including bringing all greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 – LCRIG has teamed up with Colas and Breedon to deliver this exclusive series.

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Other confirmed panellists: 

Annette Pass was appointed Head of Innovation at National Highways in November 2017. She has 20 years’ experience at the government-owned company in research management, international co-ordination and Lean, where she has driven a continuous improvement culture within National Highways and its suppliers. passionate advocate of change and improvement in the construction industry, she has a strong record in leading and delivering improvements in asset management, engineering and technical assurance.


Susan Halliwell is Executive Director, Place at West Berkshire Council overseeing place shaping functions including planning, highways, economic development, public protection and environment, creating places where people want to live and work. Sue’s current focus is on delivering the council’s zero carbon ambitions for 2030.

Sue is also 2nd Vice President of the Association of Directors of Environment, Economy, Planning and Transport representing Place Directors of County and Unitary Councils across England. She is also a non-Executive Director of Low Carbon Hub, a Community Interest Company based in Oxford delivering de-centralised community funded renewable energy, grid edge technology and energy efficiency measures. 


David Ogden joined the Colas Ltd senior team in May 2020 as Operations Director with responsibility for the regional contracting activities in highways and aviation across the UK. 

For over 20 years, he has successfully delivered divisional and national accountabilities in operational, commercial, procurement and financial disciplines within the construction, utilities and highways sectors.   

Prior to joining Colas, David was Business Director for Highways at Amey, responsible for Local Government Highways, Streetlighting, Traffic Management and Ministry of Defence businesses, and also lead the strategic development and innovation programmes for the highways division. He is also actively involved in sector wide projects as vice chair or PIARC UK and a CIHT Council Member

The event will set out to examine the following:

  • What is net zero and why does it matter?
  • The role of central Government
  • What’s being done in local highways
  • How can central and local government work together?
  • The supply chain view
  • Putting plans into action

You can register for the event here

Following the launch webinar, a series of further webinars will be delivered throughout 2022, covering carbon reduction in fleet, materials, asset management and street lighting.