Rise and Design: Designing for Net Zero

Friday 11th June 2021: 10:00 – 12:30

Watch the recording of the event HERE

While we've been focussing on the COVID pandemic, the environmental crisis hasn't gone away. If anything it's just got worse.

Is now imperative that all of us - countries, businesses, individuals find ways to go about our lives making zero impact on the planet.

It won't be easy, but then designers love a challenge, so we brought together a few of them to share their stories of how they're meeting that challenge.

And to inspire you to do the same.

Speakers included - 

Steve Abbott, Hyperdrive Innovation.

Sunderland based Hyperdrive are at the forefront of the global shift to electrification for moving people and things around. Their battery systems power cars, boats, trains and diggers, and perhaps planes next. Steve will give us some insights into the challenges faced by the industry, and the innovations that are overcoming them.

Paula McMahon, Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd

Paula is the Institution of Civil Engineers Teesside Chair, North East Vice Chair and Panel Chair of the ICE Proceedings: Civil Engineering journal. Paula is also the current North East ICE STEM Ambassador of the Year, North East Apprentice Ambassador of the Year and holder of the European Women in Construction and Engineering Lifetime in Engineering Award.

Paula will share her enthusiasm on the need for us all to work towards NetZero and how Civil Engineers can help contribute by sustainably designing the infrastructure of the future.

Ilona Alcock, Elevate

Ilona is the co-founder of Elevate (the world’s first Carbon Literate business development organisation), and hase a passion for sustainability both personally and professionally, having created a Green Tech conference and webinars for the GM Green Summit. Clients include Electricity North West, Bruntwood Works and Lorien Global.

Ilona will talk us through the concept of carbon literacy, sharing examples of businesses that have taken huge and small steps towards achieving the goal of net zero, and perhaps inspiring us to do the same.


Supply Chain North East sees four key partners joining forces to work with over 800 businesses between 2018-2021 supporting businesses to identify opportunities in new and existing markets. An integral part of the North East Growth Hub, Supply Chain North East is delivered across the region by RTC North, Generator, North East Automotive Alliance (NEAA) and North East Process Industry Cluster (NEPIC). Supply Chain North East is receiving up to £3,148,514 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.