Brownfield Land Scotland 2021

2-3 February | Virtual Event

About the virtual conference


This highly popular annual event is returning for its 14th year and will be taking place virtually on 2-3 February 2021..


This virtual conference will provide you with first-hand experiences and practical solutions specific to the management of brownfield and contaminated land in Scotland. The presentations will be available to watch online live and you will be able to interact and network with others using our virtual face-to-face networking platform. There will also be virtual face-to-face roundtable sessions, allowing you to discuss pertinent topics in a smaller, more participative format.


Bringing together contaminated land and environmental health officers from local councils, regulatory agencies, brownfield consultants and contractors, this highly popular annual conference is one not to be missed.

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What is a virtual conference?

Much like an in-person conference, a virtual conference is an online event that brings together top industry experts and industry peers. All content, presentations, and panel discussions can be viewed live from a desktop computer or mobile device. You will also be able to speak with peers using our virtual 'face-to-face' networking platform. All presentations will be available on-demand so you can watch them at a time that suits you. 


Network 'face-to-face' with other environmental and waste professionals, using our virtual networking platform.

Content on demand

Join live panel discussions, presentations and a variety of digital formats or watch at a more convenient time from our content hub to suit your needs. Engage with our speakers in live Q&A and polling to get insights and answers to your questions.

Sustainable event

In addition to being able to attend despite global travel restrictions, you can access all of the event content without travel and accommodation expenses and support an environmentally friendly event. 


Why attend?

Be informed and inspired

You will get practical advice from a range of specialist presentations, including insight into new strategies, innovations and techniques to tackle your most pressing challenges faced when risk assessing and remediating contaminated and derelict land in Scotland.

Hear current thinking

Written by you, for you; this programme has been written based on research with local authorities and consultants across Scotland to ensure it focuses specifically on those issues most pertinent to you now.

Time efficiency and focus


Remove yourself from day to day distractions and benefit from a series of focused presentations, designed to tackle key issues and impart practical advice and guidance.

Who should attend?

  • Contaminated Land Officers

  • Contaminated Land Specialists

  • Managing Directors

  • Operations Directors

  • Regional Directors

  • Environmental Engineers

  • Environmental Officers

  • Environmental Consultants

  • Environmental Health Officers

  • Principal Consultants

  • Policy and Communications Officers

  • Geologists

  • Environmental Scientists


Morning: Tuesday 2nd February


Optimising the Role of Brownfield in Meeting Scotland’s Housing Targets within Changing Planning and Green (Net Zero) Frameworks


10.00 Welcome from Environment Analyst

10.05 Opening Remarks from the Chair

10.10 Exploring What the Changes to Planning Frameworks Mean for Brownfield Land Development 

  • Outlining the current status of the new Scottish Planning Act and National Planning Framework (NPF4)

    • details of the interim position statement

    • implications of recent delays to the Draft NPF4 on local development planning

  •  Exploring the role of brownfield land in new planning frameworks - is more being done to ensure it is considered in new development?

  • What do proposed changes mean for Local Council Planning, Environmental Health & Contaminated Land Officers, and their consultants & contractors?


10.30 Exploring the Development of Regional Land Use Partnerships to Achieve Effective Land Reform and Help Accelerate Scotland’s Move to Becoming a Net Zero Economy

  • Examining the key barriers to housing delivery in Scotland and how brownfield land fits within this:

    • what changes are needed to the way land is currently assembled and allocated

    • the implications for Local Councils and Local Development Planning

  • Outlining the development of Regional Land Use Partnerships; their role and function

  • Examining how they can help deliver Scotland’s ambitions on climate change and net zero and support a green recovery

  • Achieving a collaborative approach to land-use decision-making:

    • effective public engagement 

    • balancing economic, community and environmental priorities and aims

    • implications for Local Council involvement



10.50 Next Steps to Delivering Scotland’s Approach to Transforming Vacant and Derelict Land

  • Outlining the key recommendations put to the Scottish Government by the Vacant & Derelict Land Taskforce

  • Exploring the transformation of Scotland's vacant and derelict land

  • Where does contaminated and derelict land sit within sustainable place-making and Scotland’s national well-being agenda?


11.10 Ensuring Environmental Protection & Governance in Scotland Post-Brexit

  • Examining the key environmental legal principles that have been transposed into Scottish Law via the Continuity Bill

  • Outlining the role and objectives of the new Environmental Standards Scotland:

    • timescales for its establishment as a statutory organisation and development of statutory powers

    • detailing how it will set, enforce and maintain environmental protection standards and governance 

  • Assessing the future direction of contaminated land regulation in Scotland



11.30 Q&A Discussion

12.00 Close of Session

Afternoon: Tuesday 2nd February

13.30 Welcome Back

13.35 Improving the Quality of Site Data & Optimising its Use in Developing a Robust & Workable Conceptual Site Model (CSM)

  • Engaging stakeholders and outlining site end-use from the outset to ensure you are collecting exactly the information that you need 

  • Practicalities of building a robust, accurate Conceptual Site Model (CSM) for a contaminated site:

    • ensuring your data is of the highest quality and fit-for-purpose

    • balancing opinion vs quantifiable, auditable results

    • building in adequate monitor – review – remodel capabilities 

  • Optimising new digital innovations and remote technology to improve the accuracy, speed and reliability of information 

  • Case Study



13.55 Designing an Appropriate Sampling & Analysis Strategy to Achieve Optimum Cost-Efficiency

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14.15 Case Study: Developing Effective Future Environmental Baselines to Facilitate the Development of Contaminated Land and Achieve Improved Environmental Enhancement 

  • Defining the current status and future appropriate baselines

  • Agreeing these with all stakeholders and the Regulator



14.35 Q&A Discussion



14.50 Face-to-Face Roundtable Discussions

Using our innovative virtual face-to-face networking platform Remo, this session will give you the opportunity to discuss a key topic of interest to you face-to-face with others in a more participative format. Each session will be led by a facilitator who will lead the discussion and encourage maximum debate and sharing of ideas. 

Roundtable Topics:

  • Attracting New Talent & Future-Proofing Your Skills Capability

  • Improving the Quality of Site Data & Reports

  • Effective Stakeholder Engagement & Collaboration 


15.45 Close of Session

Morning: Wednesday 3rd February

10.00 Welcome Back


10.10 Updated Good Practice Guidance on Mine Gas Risk Assessment


10.30 Assessing the Impact of Climate Change on Risk Assessment and Remediation


  • Incorporating future climate change projections into an environmental risk assessment - assessing the impact that effects such as increased rainfall, strong winds and prolonged dry spells could have on the movement of contaminants    

  • Exploring the consequences of this on the effectiveness of certain remediation processes (eg natural attenuation) 

  • Designing resilient and sustainable long-term remediation solutions to accommodate future changes in environmental and site conditions as a result of climate change

    • what impact will this have on currently used techniques? 



10.50 Q&A 



11.00 Spotlight on Innovative Remediation Solutions  

This session will include case-study presentations demonstrating the practical application of innovative approaches to remediating contaminated soil and groundwater, including newly emerging contaminants. 



11.45 Q&A Discussion


12.00 Close of Session



Afternoon: Wednesday 3rd February

Working Towards a Circular Economy Approach to Reusing Soil and Waste Materials in Brownfield Development Projects

13.30 Welcome Back


13.35 Examining the Regulatory Framework for Waste in Scotland and Likely Future Direction in View of Net Zero Targets

  • Detailing the Regulator’s perspective on waste management and re-use

  • Examining the application of CL:AIRE DoWCoP and Materials Management Plans and the likelihood of Scotland adopting this approach

  • Exploring how the management of waste materials from construction projects might be revisited beyond Brexit, in the context of a sustainable, circular economy approach



13.55 Developing & Using an Effective Materials Management Plan (MMP) for the Safe, Compliant & Cost-Effective Movement of Materials On and Off-Site

  • Examining the use of MMPs in England and Scotland – what lessons can be learnt?

  • Case study demonstrating how a clear, well-executed MMP as part of a remedial strategy can benefit a project 



14.15 Q&A

14.25 Case Study: Effectively Communicating Risk & Engaging with Community Stakeholders to Achieve Successful Project Completion 


15.00 Q&A


15.15 Close of Session


What did previous delegates think?



"A good opportunity to network and socialise with the contacts in the industry"


"Good quality speakers, good spread of up-to-date topics" 



“Well organised day with thought-provoking and interesting presentations"

East Dunbartonshire Council

“The range of topics covered provided a wealth of knowledge"


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