We have seven years left to change the way we construct, operate and use our built environment, both buildings and infrastructure together, to be fit for a net zero carbon world.  The engineering community has contributed to the problem, creating a built environment that is out of balance with the capacity of the planet. We now have a big role to play in resolving these complex and interdependent problems and help cities return within a safe operating space. 

The presentation will explore the decarbonization progress to date and present the whole life carbon management framework that will help us accelerate the decarbonization transition.


Heleni is an Associate Director at Arup, driving Climate Action and Sustainable Development in the Infrastructure Group, London.  An enthusiastic promoter of whole life decarbonisation of Infrastructure, Heleni advances and coordinates sustainable development and whole life carbon strategies for the built environment.  She combines her deep engineering knowledge with the belief that the construction industry is key for the net zero carbon transition and contributing towards environmental regeneration, responding to the climate and biodiversity crises. 

Heleni has close links with academia and has acted as the Industrial Supervisor for several research projects. She supports and coordinates sustainable development skills and expertise, including integration of Planetary Health principles in planning and design.  She firmly believes that climate, biodiversity and environmental degradation are interlinked and solving them requires deep understanding of complex natural systems and how the built environment interacts with them.   

A member of the Green Construction Board and the Institution of Civil Engineers Net Zero Taskforce, she is actively involved in accelerating decarbonisation in Infrastructure and the built environment.  She is co-authoring the revision of PAS2080:2016 Carbon Management in Infrastructure, due to be published by BSI in 2022.