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Did you know that in 2018, 29.5 million tonnes of soil from construction sites were disposed of in landfill in the UK. Only 0.6 % of this was hazardous, which means a huge amount of this vital resource is being lost during construction. Soil also is the largest store of carbon on land, storing nearly twice as much carbon as all the plants and atmosphere combined. When soil is disturbed, carbon is emitted to the atmosphere as CO2 – this means we need to manage soils carefully so that carbon remains stored in the soil. 

Past Events
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European Geosciences Union

Members of the Soils Task Force will be speaking at Europe's largest geoscience conference, the 2023 European Geosciences Union General Assembly in Vienna, Austria.

The presentation Building on soil sustainability: Principles for soils in planning and construction will feature in a session on Soil Policy and legislation: the role of science, transdisciplinary research and data.

The EGU is a non-profit international union of scientists with about 18,000 members from all over the world, last year 14,000 participated in the General Assembly.

14:00–18:00 (CEST) 27.04.2023
EGU General Assembly 2023, Vienna, Austria

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London Launch Event

Join us at this free in-person event, hosted at JTP's award-winning studios at Pennington Street Warehouse, where you will have an opportunity to:

  • hear about the principles from the report and discuss these with the authors;

  •  learn more about why soils matter for sustainable development; and

  •  meet others with an interest in sustainable planning and construction.

Speakers include:

  • Prof. John Quinton, Lancaster University

  • Noel Farrer, Landscape Institute Vice President and Director, of Farrer Huxley

  • Martin Ballard, Wilmott Dixon

30.11.2022, JTP Studios, London, UK

Urban soil - a vital ecosystem to protect and enhance, not waste for disposal

Soil is one of our most precious non-renewable resources and its health and the many ecosystem services it currently provides are under significant threat. Long term protection of soils and support for enhancing their function is vital for climate mitigation and adaptation, and stemming biodiversity loss. The construction industry has a leading role to play in ensuring the sustainability of our soils. This seminar, focusing on research from Lancaster University and the cross-sector Soils in Planning and Construction Task Force, will be of interest to local planning authorities, clients, developers, design teams and contractors.


Curated by Soil in Construction

07.03.2023, ExCeL London.

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South West Launch Event

As one of the founding members of the Task Force, Cornwall Council is co-ordinating a briefing for other Council’s and industry experts as we launch this initiative across the South-West, on World Soil Day. You will have the opportunity to learn more about Soils in Planning and Construction, to meet experts in this field from the task force along with industry and local authority colleagues and to network with fellow professionals.  

05.12.2022, Exeter, UK

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