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Why should you become an ICE Carbon Champion?

A massive 70% of carbon emissions worldwide can be linked to infrastructure. Civil engineers, as designers, builders and maintainers of this infrastructure, have a duty to solve the problems this causes for our climate.

ICE is leading the charge with the ICE Carbon Champions initiative – and we need your help.

We’re looking for real-life examples of projects that have achieved – or are projected to achieve - quantifiable carbon savings. A panel of experts will put the projects through a rigorous assessment that will result in successful submissions being named ICE Carbon Champion.

ICE will share these success stories to encourage others to do the same, so that in time, these practical examples of civil engineers eliminating carbon from infrastructure become the industry norm.

ICE members and non-members alike are invited to apply for ICE Carbon Champion status as an individual or team. Projects can be cross-organisational, at any stage or lifecycle of a project, of any size, and located anywhere in the world.

Meet ICE's Carbon Champions

Hear from some of our Carbon Champions in the below playlist.

How to apply

Share your carbon reduction stories for a chance to become an ICE Carbon Champion.

Download the Terms and conditions

An ICE Carbon Champion submission must include:

  • A clear and concise summary or what’s been delivered to actively reduce carbon emissions from a project.
  • Quantified carbon savings with a clear and robust methodology of how this is calculated and compared to a baseline.
  • A defined time period over which carbon savings have been calculated.

Apply now

Read more about our Expert Review Panel, who are assessing applications as they are submitted, using a criteria and matrix of their own design.

Chair: Lara Young

Group Climate Change Director, Costain

Lara is Group Climate Change Director for Costain Group, named Energy and Carbon Manager of the Year at the 2021 edie sustainability leaders award, Highways UK 2020 Associate Laureate, and is the instigator and driving force behind establishing and implementing Costain’s Climate Change Action Plan to transition to a net-zero organization.

Lara is leading the integration of the world’s first standard for managing infrastructure carbon, PAS2080 within the Costain Group. She was recently listed in the Energy Saving Trust “Eight Great Women list” for International Women’s day and named the 2021 New Registrant of the Year by the Society for the Environment.

Lara Young

Mark Edwards MEng(Hons) CEng MIMechE CEnv MIEMA

Technical Director, climate change and sustainability, Arcadis

Mark is a Chartered Mechanical Engineer and leads the Sustainability Advisory service at Arcadis, providing sustainability advice to clients in the built environment. Mark has considerable experience in the infrastructure sector working at both private and not-for-profit organisations specialising in resource efficiency, circular economy and carbon reduction.

He has a long history of either leading or participating in industry/sector initiatives to address issues, develop and embed new approaches, and further the sustainability agenda. Mark contributed to the ICE’s The Carbon Project working groups in 2020 before joining the panel of the Carbon Champions in 2021.

Mark Edwards

Kirils Holstovs MEng (Hons) GMICE

Engineer (Rail, Bridges & Structures), AECOM

Kirils is a civil and structural engineer performing bridge inspections and assessments as a part of AECOM’s Bridges team in Newcastle upon Tyne, which helps ensure safe and sustainable operation of the UK's railway and highway networks.

He is the 2021 New Civil Engineer Outstanding Contribution to Carbon Net Zero award winner and Graduate of the Year finalist. Kirils is a co-initiator of the COP26 Joint Statement of International Youth Organisations presented to senior policymakers at COP26 and endorsed by WFEO.

Previous roles include Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – where he was responsible for developing positions on infrastructure, devolution and digital transformation.

Kirils is the Climate Change Lead of the ICE NE Regional Committee, taking pride in generating, supporting and leading industry climate and sustainability initiatives.

Kirils Holstovs

Chris Landsburgh CEnv FIEMA FICRS GMICE

Associate Climate Consultant, AECOM

Chris is a Chartered Environmentalist and Fellow of IEMA and the ICRS.

He is working for AECOM as an Associate in the Climate and Sustainability team specialising in Carbon in Infrastructure for several international projects through concept, design and construction. Chris was part of ICE President Paul Sheffield’s Future Leader programme and was awarded the inaugural Society of the Environment’s New Registrant of the Year and named in edie’s 30 under 30.

Chris is currently undertaking a PhD in Carbon Responsibility with Francesco Pomponi and Bernardino D’Amico of Edinburgh Napier to ensure consistency, clarity and commonality within the Infrastructure Value Chain.

Chris Landsburgh

Paul Morris CEng FICE

Director, Civic Engineers

Paul is a Director at Civic Engineers with 20 years’ industry experience, he is a Chartered Engineer and a Fellow of the ICE.

Paul is passionate about carbon reduction and climate resilience and delivering human scale, urban infrastructure that has a positive impact on the communities it serves.

Paul is currently leading the engineering on exemplar projects such as the Climate Innovation District in Leeds, City of York Council’s net zero housing project and numerous public realm improvement schemes, with a particular focus on the incorporation of green infrastructure and nature in the built environment.

Paul Morris

Mike Theobald BEng (Hons) Mech Eng, CEng, MIMechE

Director, Energy Transition, WSP

Mike has over 30 years’ experience in the Power, Energy, Industrial and Infrastructure sectors.

Mike most recently joined WSP in 2021 to lead the firm’s Energy Transition sector, which incorporates Net Zero, Low Carbon Generation and Carbon Capture Technologies, Renewables and Conventional Generation.

Previous roles include Head of Business Environment Policy at EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation – where he was responsible for developing positions on infrastructure, devolution and digital transformation.

Mike provides leadership across the above sectors with responsibility for profit and loss, strategic planning, growth and integrated team delivery, and is also member of WSP’s UK and Global Energy team. During his career Mike has direct experience in business merger & management, turnaround, advisory, operations, partnering, EPC, EPCM, end to end project and programme management.

Mike Theobald

For reassurance and to avoid any conflicts of interest, no members of the panel assess submissions that involves their parent company.

Bentley Systems is an infrastructure engineering software company, providing innovative software to advance the world’s infrastructure – sustaining both the global economy and environment.

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Bentley Systems' support for ICE’s Carbon Champions initiative is helping to bring the deserved attention to individuals and projects leading low carbon pathways to future proofing their infrastructure.

Bentley’s industry-leading software solutions are used by professionals, and organisations of every size, for the design, construction, and operations of roads and bridges, rail and transit, water and wastewater, public works and utilities, buildings and campuses, mining, and industrial facilities. Offerings can be found on the Bentley Systems website.