Carol Lemmens, Global Advisory Services Leader



Carol Lemmens leads Arup’s global Advisory Services business and spearheads their circular economy work.

Arup is a global firm that works across every aspect of the built environment, employing over 14,000 people, in more than 40 countries across the world. Their portfolio includes some of the world's most iconic projects, such as Beijing's 'Birdsnest' National Stadium, the London Eye, Apple's new Cupertino campus, and the Sydney Opera House.

Carol was instrumental in the development of Arup’s position paper defining the circular economy for the built environment, 'Circular Economy in the Built Environment' (2016). This paper considers how circular economy practices can be scaled up from the individual component or asset level for city, regional and even global economies.

He coordinates Arup’s work as the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s knowledge partnership for the built environment, in which they collaborate to develop circular economy principles across cities, transport, energy and water. Carol also participates in research projects with the Foundation aimed at scoping a circular economy vision for India and China and projects aiming to bring principles to practice in the built environment at scale.

At Powering the change, Carol will discuss leading edge circular economy developments for the built environment, from 'buildings as material banks' through to the opportunities that arise when we shift traditional business models towards approaches such as asset facilities as a service and new collaboration models, with the aim of achieving the best circular solutions.


Carol Lemmens will be speaking at the session Reshaping our built environment - part 1.