Net Zero Series

The podcast that delves a bit deeper into the important questions in building engineering services and construction. In this series we sit down with leading industry figures and discuss what they think about the state of our industry and what they expect to see change. In an uncertain world we aim to highlight what's going to impact your business and your career.

Net Zero Series 

Episode 4: Net Zero Meeting the Skills Challenge

Listen to the latest podcast in our Net Zero series with Mitsubishi Electric. BESA Director of Competence & Compliance, Helen Yeulet, talks with Lance Hitchins, Head of Customer Experience, looking after the Training Division and Ben Bartle-Ross, Senior Technical Trainer from Mitsubishi Electric about achieving the government’s target of 600,000 heat pump installation a year by 2028.

‘We need 50,000 renewables engineers to meet this target – we are looking for unicorns, this volume of engineers doesn’t exist yet!’

Mitsubishi Electric are training a variety of people, ranging from early adopters of the technology, college leavers and the older generation who recognise the changes that are coming (mostly men!) - but believe the renewables conversation needs to start at those early years and attract more diverse future engineers.

Have a listen and have a look at our Net Zero Hub to find out how you can be involved.


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Episode 3: An Hour is a Long Time in Politics

BESA and Affiliate Member. Mitsubishi Electric have joined forces to record the third instalment of their Net Zero Podcast series, this episode features BESA CEO, David Frise in discussion with former MP, David Gauke, and Martin Fahey, Head of Sustainability at Mitsubishi Electric.

They offer political insight and thoughts on how the building services sector can engage and influence the Net Zero agenda, helping the country to get through difficult times now and capitalise on the opportunities. 


Net Zero Series 

Episode 2: Next Generation on Net Zero 

BESA and affiliate member Mitsubishi Electric have recorded the second in their Net Zero Podcast series, this time live from the BESA Annual Conference on 12 October 2023.

This episode features BESA Future Leaders Stephen Hinson from HE Simm and Ibrahim Qadir from Vital Energi, Helen Yeulet, Director of Training and Skills at BESA and Martin Fahey, Head of Sustainability at Mitsubishi Electric.

They discuss the future of training and skills, and how the next generation can help achieve Net Zero goals within the built environment. 

You can find more about the BESA Future Leaders and take a look at our Net Zero Hub.


Net Zero Series 

Episode 1: Mission Zero with Chris Skidmore OBE

The first episode in our new Net Zero Series in collaboration with Mitsubishi Electric, we are joined by Chris Skidmore OBE, Chair of Independent Government Review on Net Zero. His ‘Mission Zero’ review, which was published in January, made 129 recommendations for delivering a prosperous UK ‘green economy’. These included speeding up decisions around low carbon heating, the role of energy efficiency in buildings, and accelerating the process for connecting renewable power generation to the country’s electricity grid.  

Chris is joined by David Frise Chief Executive, BESA, Martin Fahey – Head of Sustainability, Mitsubishi Electric and Chris Newman – Zero Carbon Design Manager, Mitsubishi Electric.

They discuss in detail:

  • How building services have adapted before and can do it again, with BESA members urged to help government understand detail
  • How the UK will be warmer and richer thanks to net zero, and will narrow the price gap between electricity and gas
  • The major barrier to net zero - our skills shortage
  • One trillion of inward investment possible this decade with 90% of global GDP focused on net zero
  • How we need to link net zero to safety agenda to drive compliance

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Previous Podcasts

The BESA Podcast with David Frise and Chandru Dissanayeke - October 2020

Hello and welcome to this week's guest Chandru Dissanayeke who has an eclectic career and now leads the industries implementation of the Hackitt Review. We discussed the new draft building safety bill and how it will change the industry.

If you're thinking dry, boring, civil servant - really think again. 

From a start in the entertainment industry to a career in the civil service he comes with genuine beliefs and a passion to see a better built environment. 

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The BESA Podcast with David Frise and Ann Bentley - November 2020

Our guest, Ann Bentley - Global Board Director at Rider Levett Bucknall has more than 35 years’ experience in the property and construction sector. 

Leading the construction business model and supply chain streams for the Construction Leadership Council in 2018 she was the author of the CLCs procurement for value report. We talked about her early days as an engineer, one of the few women to go into engineering at that time. We discussed the struggles and how it made her stronger and we also then talked about the procurement for value report and how that's going to change the way we operate in the future.

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The BESA Podcast with David Frise and Rudi Klein - December 2020

Rudi Klein for many people needs no introduction, he's been involved in the construction industry for over 31 years. 

He's a larger-than-life figure that many of us have seen around the industry. We talked about how he got into the industry, what the difference is between 30 years ago and now. We discussed his background which many of you, I think, will find surprising and how he is often robust in his defence of the underdog. 

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The BESA Podcast with David Frise and Mark Farmer - February 2021

Today’s guest is Mark Farmer whose founding director and CEO of Cast Consultancy.

It’s four years on since the publication of ‘modernise or die’ which was a seminal publication on construction and how it needs to change and change rapidly.

We talked about that change and what worked what hadn't and what further changes are needed in the wake of Grenfell and the pandemic and then we talked about net zero the building Safety Act implications the role of clients. 

Fascinating about his early career 26 years in one with one employer and then gave it all up to start again five years ago really interesting guy I hope you enjoy it. 

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