Revisit the Brownfield Summit 2020

June 08, 2020

If you missed the virtual Brownfield Summit in May, then fear not, as the recordings of the sessions are now available to view on the Environment Analyst website. In particular, you can now catch up on RSK Director Tom Henman’s Brownfield Summit 2020 presentation, where he explored the risk of carbon dioxide arising from disused mines.

This year, in light of the coronavirus pandemic, the annual conference went virtual for the first time. Between 12–27 May, more than 1000 brownfield professionals from a broad range of backgrounds joined the virtual conference to hear a variety of speaker presentations and live panels, with sessions covering ground gas, groundwater and data collection and analysis.

Tom’s presentation, “Examining the Risk of Carbon Dioxide Arising from Disused Mineral Mines and the Implications: Recent Findings”, provided an insight into a research project RSK completed for the Scottish Government. RSK was appointed by the Scottish Government to carry out a research project into the prevalence of CO2 from disused mineral mines and the resulting risk to residential buildings, the findings of which were published recently. The talk provided an interesting introduction to the project, followed by case studies on identified incidents of mine-related CO2 emissions in the UK, including the Gorebridge incident in Scotland, and the key findings of the research report, including expert views on the adequacy of current standards and guidance versus the use of mandatory gas protection measures in coalfield areas.

“A big thank you to Tom for presenting as part of the virtual Brownfield Summit,” said Amanda Rafferty, Environmental Analyst Events Producer. “Judging by the comments and questions, the audience found it extremely informative and when we asked attendees for feedback on the event your presentation scored very highly, cited as a highlight by a couple of delegates.”

Members can revisit Tom’s presentation, as well as all the talks from across the event programme, on the Environment Analyst website.