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This is the third lecture of the year as part of the 2019 ICE London Knowledge programme.
Held in association with the City of London Corporation, speakers will present updates on the air quality challenge in London, and address how engineers can tackle some of the key challenges associated with pollution in the capital.
The event will recap the findings of the 2017 ‘Engineering Cleaner Air’ report into civil engineering solutions for London’s air pollution, and cover recent developments such as the Ultra Low Emission Zone and London’s participation in International No Car Day on Sunday 22 September, and the latest research into air quality undertaken by the City of London Corporation.
The event will be followed by networking drinks and canapes in the exhibition space at One Great George Street.
Project Director at Sir Robert McAlpine
Paul has over 45 years’ experience in the Construction Industry as a Civil Engineer and Project Manager. He is currently Framework Director working for Sir Robert McAlpine on the 10-year framework redeveloping Broadgate for British Land. More recently Paul was the vice chair for ICE London Air Quality Taskforce, which delivered its report ‘Engineering Cleaner Air’ in October 2017.
Paul’s input into the final report focused on Construction Industry Practices and the wider impact on London’s air quality based on his detailed knowledge and experience of complex inner London construction projects.
Air Quality Manager at City of London Corporation
Ruth Calderwood has worked in air quality management for over 20 years. She has initiated a number of research projects including the impact of biomass on urban air quality, the use of standby generators for demand side response and the impact of urban form on local air quality.
Ruth is chair of the London Air Quality Steering Group and co-chair of the Air Pollution Research in London Network. She is a Trustee of Environmental Protection UK and is currently overseeing the development and implementation of a new Air Quality Strategy for the City of London Corporation.
Architect – Urban Generation
Julie is a chartered architect with significant experience in professional practice, research and teaching. Since completing her PhD she has worked as an independent researcher and consultant on climate responsive urbanism and the energy exchanges that characterise densely built urban landscapes.
The research focus is on the interdependent influence of built-form on background conditions to promote comfortable healthy environments that encourage more sustainable urban practice. This research is multi-disciplinary in its approach and draws upon the expertise of architects, engineers, planners, geographers and climatologists at both academic and practitioner levels.
Associate Director – Infrastructure at Arup
Heleni is an Associate Director at Arup, leading a team of Infrastructure engineers in London. An enthusiastic promoter of low carbon in infrastructure, Heleni advances and coordinates sustainable design and whole life carbon strategies on infrastructure projects and the built environment.
She is the Arup Regional Sustainability Skills Leader, responsible for supporting and coordinating sustainable development skills and expertise across the region. Heleni has close links with academic establishments and has acted as the Industrial Supervisor for several research projects.
Founder and Director, Clean Air in London
Simon Birkett is Founder and Director of Clean Air in London and has campaigned since 2006 for full compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere.
Between 2015 and March 2019, Simon was the air pollution stakeholder on the High-Level and Intergovernmental Stakeholder and Advisory Group for UN Environment’s sixth Global Environment Outlook (GEO6). At a local level, he chairs the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum which produced the first ‘made’ neighbourhood plan in central London in December 2018. Before campaigning, Simon spent 21 years at HSBC in several roles including latterly as Group Head of Financial Education in the corporate sustainability team.
Strategic Communications Specialist – Air Quality, Transport for London
Catherine designed and led the ULEZ stakeholder engagement campaign ahead of its launch in April. She is passionate about improving air quality in London and has spoken on the subject at various national and international events.
With lots of experience in navigating London’s political landscape, Catherine firmly believes in the value of collaboration and that when it comes to improving air quality and ultimately, the health and wellbeing of all Londoners, it’s vital that stakeholders work together.
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