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COP Conversations: Is adaptation the Cinderella of climate change? Online

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 20 October 2021
  • 16:00 - 18:00
COP Conversations: Is adaptation the Cinderella of climate change? Online

About this event

The Climate Change Committee (CCC) has described climate adaptation as the Cinderella of climate change, “still sitting in rags by the stove: under-resourced, underfunded and often ignored.”

In the run up to the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26), where climate adaptation is a key theme, the webinar will explore what’s happening locally and regionally to adapt critical infrastructure to climate risk.

ICE’s State of the Nation 2021: Six ways for civil engineers to act on climate change report also highlights the need for urgent action to enable infrastructure systems to cope when they are hit by climatic extremes. One of the key actions recommended in the report is ‘Be responsible for resilience’ asking civil engineers to refine their expertise to tackle this intensifying challenge.

Speakers

Peter Kydd, Chair of the South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), will set the scene on climate adaptation nationally and regionally. He’ll draw on new evidence from the Climate Change Committee (CCC) that shows action on adaptation has failed to keep pace with the worsening reality of climate risk. He’ll also highlight how COP 26 must be a turning point in our collective efforts to avert, minimise and address the loss and damage that is already occurring from climate change.

Lesley Hodgson, Senior Environmental Project Manager, Environment Agency will highlight the work being done in Devon and Cornwall and across the South West to help communities and wildlife adapt to the impacts of climate change. 

Georgina Lockwood, Senior Engineer with Arup talks about railway resilience in the face of climate extremes, drawing on her work at Marine Parade, Dawlish to protect the main railway line connecting Plymouth with the rest of the UK.

About the webinar series

The session is part of the award-winning Future Plymouth 2030 programme intended to discuss collaborative journeys required to achieve reduced carbon development, presenting some of the tools necessary to realise a sustainable city and help to define a better path for a viable future for Plymouth in South West England. The webinar series, which has been organised by RIBA, is sponsored by ICE South West and supported by a range of organisations in the Plymouth area.
 

Speakers

Lesley Hodgson

Lesley Hodgson

Senior Environmental Project Manager, Environment Agency

Lesley is a Senior Environmental Project Manager at the Environment Agency, with extensive experience of delivering innovation in the built environment from retail, tourism & cultural heritage to infrastructure and strategy. Lesley is leading projects, working with natural processes to deliver resilience and adaption to climate change. As a charted civil engineer and past-chair of ICE South West,  Lesley's career has focused on championing sustainable development with over 20 years’ experience working in public, private and third sector in the UK and internationally.  Lesley provides mentorship support to colleagues and through the 30% Club, celebrates inclusion and diversity to realise sustainable development goals.

Peter Kydd

Peter Kydd

Chair, South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP)

Peter took over as the Chair of SWIP in 2020. He has been a member of the Partnership since its formation in 2017 and also acts as the energy sector expert. He has over 40 years’ experience in senior roles for consulting firms, primarily with Parsons Brinckerhoff (now WSP) and he continues to be retained by WSP as a consultant, advising on decarbonisation, clean growth, climate change action planning and tidal power. In 2008, he led the consortium of consultants undertaking the Severn Tidal Power Feasibility Study for the UK and Welsh Governments and has been advising government on tidal power ever since.

Georgina Lockwood

Georgina Lockwood

Senior Engineer, Arup

Georgina is a Chartered Civil Engineer in the Arup Bristol Geotechnics team. Having transferred from Facilities Management she has a unique background in asset management and geotechnical engineering. With over 8 years’ experience in earthwork renewals, specifically Design and Build within the rail sector, she has an in-depth understanding of the rail industry allowing her to undertake the role of Project Management and Contractors Engineer Manger (CEM) on nationally significant projects. She adds value to clients through her breadth of knowledge and detailed understanding of the construction constraints of building adjacent to a live railway.

Event venue

Online
Online
United Kingdom

For more information please contact:

Lidia Pearce

e: [email protected]

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