UKGBC has launched a pilot series of Collaboration Cafés, as part of our role as an Accelerator to the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero campaign. The events are designed to convene built environment peer groups to knowledge-share about the practicalities, implications, and challenges of becoming net zero businesses.

This Collaboration Café will be held on 23rd February 2023 and is open to UKGBC’s Contractor and Construction Products / Materials members. Existing Race to Zero signatories and organisations not yet signed up to the Race are welcome to attend. Bringing these two sub-sectors together, we will hone in on the challenges, collaboration opportunities, and solutions available to both sides for reducing scope 3 emissions across supply chains in mutual support of organisational net zero goals.


  • 14:00 – Arrival & refreshments
  • 14:15 – Welcome & introduction
  • 14:30 – Following the World Café Method, three rounds of conversation in small rotating groups. Exploring the practicalities, implications, and challenges of taking action to become a net zero business with particular focus on scope 3 supply chain emissions.
  • 16:30 – Whole group discussion & insight sharing
  • 17:00 – Networking & refreshments
  • 17:30 – Close

This event is for UKGBC Contractor and Construction Products / Materials members onlyone attendee is invited to register per organisation, with places limited on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. If you are not a member within these sub-sectors, UKGBC reserves the right to politely decline your registration.

Other upcoming Collaboration Cafés:

  • 30th March 2023 – Real Estate Agents & Services. Register here 

Previous Collaboration Cafés:

  • 22nd September 2022 – Designers & Technical Advisors
  • 27th October 2022 – Finance
  • 24th November 2022 – Developers, Owners & Occupiers.

What is a Collaboration Café?

Collaboration Cafés will follow the World Café Method, a global movement creating collaborative dialogue around questions that matter. They offer an informal and uncompetitive space for UKGBC members to share insights, synthesise lessons and tackle shared challenges they face at the organisational level. Cafés will bring together groups of sub-sector peers twice a year, with the view to also convene a larger multidisciplinary group at regular intervals.

Why did UKGBC launch Collaboration Cafés?

UKGBC is dialling up its convening power by bringing members together more frequently to knowledge share on topics of interest and expertise. We believe radical collaboration is key to empowering organisations to make and act on ambitious commitments, and that UKGBC is uniquely placed to facilitate this. As an Accelerator to the UNFCCC’s Race to Zero campaign, we see this challenge as a springboard for such discussions. UKGBC updated its membership requirements in May 2021 to mandate that all UKGBC Gold Leaf members join the Race and advocate for all other business members to do the same. Cafés will offer a supportive space for members on their journey to becoming net zero.

How does this relate to UKGBC’s existing Advancing Net Zero work?

UKGBC’s Advancing Net Zero programme continues to promote and support the acceleration of net zero carbon buildings. Collaboration Cafés provide a complementary space for members to tackle becoming net zero at the broader organisational level. Where relevant, Collaboration Cafés will also explore challenges and opportunities for built environment stakeholders to act on the recommendations of UKGBC’s Whole Life Carbon Roadmap.

Will Collaboration Cafés only focus on emissions?

Whilst halving global emissions by 2030 is an urgent priority, the Race to Zero rallies organisations to do so in a way that also protects and enhances the prosperity and wellbeing of people and nature. Discussion topics will vary with the intention to cover a wide array of themes looking at sustainability in its broadest sense, and in response to member feedback and needs.

Who is this event for?

Interest in climate change mitigation

An event to discover how the built environment can accelerate net zero, and discuss where we are on our journey.

Interested in building new connections across the industry

Meet others from across the built environment, make connections and share knowledge.

Event details

Open to

All are welcome.

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