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Rachel Skinner, ICE President launched ICE Carbon Champions in January 2021 to build on and accelerate efforts following her online inaugural address and specially commissioned, film - Shaping Zero.
ICE Carbon Champions is aimed at recognising individuals and teams who are already on the path to reducing carbon. The goal is to encourage a fast-growing group of ‘champions’ who are keen to share, collaborate and learn from each other and contribute to the need for real and urgent action to actively reduce carbon emissions across the whole industry.
During the webinar, the President will talk about her Shaping Zero campaign, the creation of ICE Carbon Champions, why infrastructure and built environment professionals should take part and the process of applying.
The session will also feature people who are applying to become Carbon Champions, including Craig Small, Project Director, Kier Infrastructure (Kier Bam) and Stephen Beggs, Director, Curtins.
The webinar is being staged in partnership with Constructing Excellence South West with the aim of raising awareness about carbon reduction initiatives in construction across the region.
The webinar is one of a series of online events as part of the 2021 ICE Presidential Visit to South West England.
Applications are encouraged from any initiative that relates to carbon reduction. These can be big or small, at any lifecycle stage, and anywhere in the world.
ICE is interested in all efforts to reduce carbon: examples might include net zero strategies, lower carbon design, lower carbon materials, less wasteful construction, or simply using less carbon in the workplace.
Entries must include a quantifiable amount of carbon saved and a method in relation to the carbon reduction calculation. This can follow any method you find useful.
For team examples, all those involved should have played a significant part in reducing the carbon impact on a project, but only one of these individuals needs to be an ICE member.
Submitted projects will be assessed and verified by a panel of experts, with the case studies and data also used to provide valuable insight for The Carbon Project - the ICE’s long-term programme to share knowledge and best practice on delivering low-carbon solutions.
Apply to become an ICE Carbon Champion at ice.org.uk/knowledge-and-resources/carbon-project/carbon-champions-form.
President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Rachel Skinner is the 156th President of ICE and is an Executive Director (Transport) at WSP. She is a Patron of Women in Transport (a not-for-profit) having been one of its founding board members since 2005. She is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a chartered engineer and a chartered transport planner. Rachel chairs the Carbon stream of the Infrastructure Client Group (ICG) and was recently invited to join the external expert panel established to support the UK Department for Transport’s Acceleration Unit that is focused on a faster, better and greener recovery beyond COVID-19. She served two years as an Infrastructure Commissioner for Scotland from late 2018.
In 2016, Rachel was listed as one of The Telegraph’s inaugural UK Top 50 Influential Women in Engineering in 2017 she was named the Most Distinguished Winner and Best Woman Civil Engineer at the Women in Civil Engineering Awards, and in 2019 she was confirmed by the Financial Times as one of the UK’s Top 100 Women in Engineering. Rachel has authored, scripted and hosted publications and films on topics including 'Shaping Zero' about net zero carbon for infrastructure, 'Making Better Places' on place-making and future mobility, and before that about digital technology and its potential for infrastructure, industry innovation and collaboration. She is regularly invited to give keynote conference presentations and to chair international and national industry events. Rachel is involved with strategic projects for clients across the public and private sectors, including leadership of a growing portfolio of future mobility projects in the UK and overseas.
ICE South West Chair, Principal Engineer, WSP
Katy is a Principal Engineer at WSP and became Chair for the ICE South West Regional Committee in 2019. She graduated from the University of Plymouth in 2012. After a year with SKM in London, Katy moved back to the South West to AECOM, moving to WSP in 2017. Katy became a Chartered Member of the Institution in 2016 and was selected as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Women in Engineering in the UK & Europe by Inclusive Boards and the Financial Times in 2019. Katy has worked on a variety of projects based in the South West, including the helipad at Derriford Hospital, the South Yard Development in Devonport, Plymouth, and is currently based on site supporting the delivery of multiple highways schemes based around Plymouth.
In 2019, Katy completed a voluntary project, ‘STEM Build Malawi’, constructing a science and IT facility for a secondary school, leading an international team of 25 women to complete the construction and deliver STEM workshops with the students.
Project Director, Kier Infrastructure (Kier Bam)
With over 25 years’ experience in the civil engineering construction industry, Craig has worked on a diverse range of small and large civil engineering projects in the UK & overseas. During his career he has spent a considerable amount of time delivering civil engineering infrastructure projects in the rail, marine & nuclear sector in the South West region.
Craig is a Project Director working for Kier Major Project – Infrastructure for the past 13years. Craig currently leads the Kier BAM Nuttall Joint Venture team at Hinkley Point C, Craig was responsible for the successful delivery of the Early Works contract on the nuclear licensed site and his current role is Project Director for the large multi-disciplinary team delivering a complex infrastructure package for EDF Energy. Living and raising his family in Plymouth, Craig has a vested interested in constructing high quality infrastructure projects in the South West, now and for the future.
Stephen is an experienced Director with a demonstrated history of working in many sectors of the construction industry. Based in Bristol and leading a strong team of civil and structural engineers in a broad range of projects. Current projects include a major commercial development on a historic site in the heart of Bristol, the conservation of the 200m-long Newport Transporter Bridge and the re-development of Swansea City Centre with a 3,500 seat arena and bespoke footbridge.
Stephen also leads on Curtins' carbon reduction initiative: raising carbon awareness, measuring embodied carbon, talking to our clients and reducing the impact of our designs as we seek to address the climate emergency.
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