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Debate: Are consultants or contractors leading carbon reduction in our sector?
Organised by the ICE London Graduate and Students Committee, the Big Debate returns this year to consider whether consultants or contractors are leading on carbon reduction in the construction industry.
It is well documented that the construction industry is one of the world's greatest contributors of carbon emissions. The UN Global Status Report states, ‘Decarbonising the construction sector is critical to achieve the Paris Commitment and the United Nations (UN) Sustainability Development Goals (SDGs): responsible for almost 40% of energy and process-related emissions, taking climate action in buildings and construction is among the most cost effective.’
With temperatures rising and the frequency of extreme natural events increasing, everyone has a responsibility to society and the environment to take matters into our hands. But who is leading this charge in the construction sector, and what methods are being taken to innovate and drive change? This event will feature four industry representatives who will demonstrate what they are doing to help. The event will conclude with an audience vote.
The images is credited to Angela Benito (@angelareinosa)
Graduate Civil Engineer, BWB Consulting
Dominic is a Vice Chair for the ICE London Graduate and Student committee, leading the Informing Opinions team who he has been a member of since 2018. Working with BWB Consulting Ltd, Dominic specialises in drainage, earthworks and infrastructure and he is a passionate advocate for net zero design.
Through his roles with the Graduate and Student committee as Vice Chair and as Diversity Ambassador, Dom has strived to push diversity in the industry and to promote the ICE.
Joint Managing Director, Stepnell
Mark trained as a civil engineer and has been Managing Director of Stepnell, a regional contractor, since 2004, and joint MD since 2015. In this role Mark is responsible for jointly leading a staff of four hundred in three regions to deliver a wide range of buildings and projects. Mark is also Chairman of EvoEnergy, a renewable technology company that designs and installs large scale solar and battery installations nationwide. Mark believes that the next iteration of construction work will be heavily focused on carbon reduction and is trying to position his team to take maximum advantage.
In his spare time Mark chairs the Major Contractors Group, part of the NFB, where he authored “Transforming Construction for a Low Carbon Future”. He is a Governor at Moulton College, a construction college near Northampton and vice chair of Constructing Excellence Midlands – The regional best practice club.
Eva has been working as a structural and civil engineer for 12 years making an impact on a diverse range of projects from lightweight pedestrian footbridges through to heavy infrastructure on site. She has also worked on highly architectural buildings, sculptures and in public engagement.
Eva is currently leading the practical implementation of low carbon solutions for her clients, moving towards Net Zero, and heading the shift to circular design throughout Expedition's business. Her leadership has resulted in clients making the right strategic moves at the right time, fundamentally improving the sustainability of her projects.
Graduate Structural Engineer, Ramboll
Brogan is a Structural Engineer at Ramboll who has a passion for sustainability, diversity and collaborative design. She was recently awarded WES Top 50 Women in Engineering – Sustainability 2020.
Brogan specialises in building refurbishments and has also designed sculptures for London Design Festival. She champions sustainability and is leading the Circular Solutions initiative in Ramboll Structures.
Brogan was appointed Lead Communication Officer of the ICE London Graduate and Student committee in 2018. She also won ICE London STEM Ambassador for her commitment to promoting sustainability in STEM outreach activities.
Director of Environment, Skanska
Adam is Director of Environment for Skanska UK, and is responsible for environmental management and community investment, including Skanska UK’s commitment to operate with Net-Zero Carbon Emissions by 2045. Adam is also a member of the Construction Leadership Council’s Green Construction Board. Adam joined Skanska in 2007 and has held different roles including Business Improvement Manager, Programme Manager and more recently Business Transformation Director.
Before joining Skanska, Adam spent four years as a British Army Officer, and is also Chair of Trustees and co-founder of the Sophie Hayes Foundation, a charity which supports survivors of modern day slavery.
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