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How can we achieve carbon zero in the management of water? Cardiff

  • Lecture
  • Cardiff
  • 11 February 2020
  • 17:30 - 19:30
How can we achieve carbon zero in the management of water? Cardiff

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Dr Jean Venables CBE FREng CEng CEnv FICE MCIWEM FCGI will talk about how can we achieve carbon zero in the management of water.

Many Institutions, including ICE, have signed up to a Climate Emergency Declaration and one of the targets is to minimise carbon. I want to explore how engineers can contribute to reducing both capital and operational carbon in the management of water.

Engineers influence the use and disposal of water both as individuals and as professionals. Engineers conceive solutions to clients’ problems, design and specify the components and in so doing determine the carbon footprint of their solution: in most cases for many years. Change has to start now with civil engineering infrastructure if the carbon target for 2030/50 is to be met.

Light refreshments will be served at 17.30, before the lecture, which starts at 18.00.

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This event is jointly hosted with CIWEM.



Jean Venables

Jean is a Past ICE President and received the Garth Watson Medal. Jean has received three awards in the UK honours system: the MBE for services to civil engineering, the OBE for services to flood defence, and the CBE for services to the civil engineering profession. She is also a Past President of the British Section, IESF (Société des Ingénieurs et Scientifiques de France).

The Universities of Kent, Kingston, Abertay and Nottingham have awarded Jean Honorary Doctorates. In recognition of her extensive work for the ICE on the development of technician engineers, the Jean Venables Medal is awarded by the ICE for the best performance of a candidate in the Technician Engineers Review.

She was Chairman, Thames Regional Flood Defence Committee, Environment Agency and her passion for flood risk management and the Thames led her to promote the Thames Estuary 2100 Project that created the long-term plan for flood risk management for the next 100 years. She was Chair, Thames Estuary Partnership, an organisation that brings together organizations with competing interests for the benefit of the Thames Estuary.

Current appointments:

  • Visiting Professor, Engineering, Environment and Computing, Coventry University;
  • Member of the Environment Agency’s Anglian (Central) Regional Flood and Coastal Committee;
  • Member of Council and the Technical Committee of RNLI, Royal National Lifeboat Institution;
  • Vice President, Association of Drainage Authorities;
  • Member, International Committee and Engineering Ethics Group, Royal Academy of Engineering
  • Trustee, Panasonic Trust

Member of:

  • RAcadE, ICE, CIWEM, Smeatonian Society, IESF

She has just stepped down as a member of the ICE Presidential Commission on Governance and Chairman of the Engineering and Environment Committee, WFEO (the World Federation of Engineering Organisations).

Event venue

Cardiff University School of Engineering
Trevithick Lecture Theatre (T2/09)
The Parade
Cardiff CF24 3AA
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Felicity White

e: [email protected]