Engineering Cleaner Air report launch, London

2 October, 2017 | 15:00 - 17:00

See the full report on engineering cleaner air
See the full report on engineering cleaner air

About this event

The ICE London Air Quality Taskforce wrote its interim Engineering Cleaner Air report earlier this year to look at the issue of air pollution in London. After months of feedback and industry consultation, the taskforce will launch its full report on air quality in the Capital and how the civil engineering community can provide solutions to the current challenges.

Join us on the 2 October to hear from the final recommendations from Peter Hansford, Chair of ICE London Air Quality Taskforce and Chair of Construction and Infrastructure Policy at UCL; and Simon Birkett, Taskforce member and Founder and Director of Clean Air in London. Industry stakeholders will also give their perspective on the recommendations and how to take these forward to make a difference to the City's air quality.

For further background information, please read the interim report.


Chair: Peter Hansford

Peter Hansford

Former Chief Construction Advisor and ICE President

Peter was government chief construction adviser from 1 December 2012 until November 2015. He was previously an executive director at the Nichols Group where he was engaged in strategic consulting and advising on infrastructure developments and capital investment programmes. He has over 30 years' experience in the development and delivery of major infrastructure and building projects.

Peter is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and a Fellow of the Association for Project Management. He served as president of the Institution of Civil Engineers from November 2010 to November 2011.

Peter was a member of the steering group for the Infrastructure UK cost study to seek ways of reducing the cost of major infrastructure projects in the UK. Peter has worked for government, public and private clients, consultants and contractors in a variety of industry sectors in the UK and overseas. He has been executive director, Infrastructure at the Strategic Rail Authority and a non-executive board director of Crossrail.

Simon Birkett

Simon Birkett

Founder and Director, Clean Air In London Campaign

Simon Birkett is Founder and Director of 'Clean Air in London' which has campaigned since 2006 to achieve full compliance with World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines for air quality throughout London and elsewhere.

Simon is a member of the High-Level Intergovernmental and Stakeholder Advisory Group for the United Nations Environment Programme's sixth Global Environment Outlook due to report in 2018. He is also a member of the Executive Council of the European Chapter of the International Society for Environmental Epidemiology and Chairs the Knightsbridge Neighbourhood Forum. He obtained a first class honours degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Melbourne and a Master of Science from the London Business School before working for Schroders then HSBC for 21 years including latterly as Group Head of Financial Education in the Corporate Sustainability Department. Simon has been included in Evening Standards' list of Top 1,000 most influential people in London in each of the last two years.

Simon is quoted frequently in the UK and international media and has over 26,000 followers on Twitter and 35,000 on Facebook.

Edward Hardy

Edward Hardy

Chief Executive, Considerate Constructors Scheme

Edward Hardy has been Chief Executive of the Considerate Constructors Scheme since 2009, and is responsible for the Scheme's strategic growth, development and operational activities.

Edward has been instrumental to the success and ongoing development of the Scheme - which has grown rapidly; now conducting around 15,000 monitoring visits to construction sites, companies and suppliers throughout the UK and Ireland every year. His extensive knowledge and expertise of the Scheme, and how to encourage the UK construction industry to embrace the concept of considerate construction, has made the Scheme the 'go to' organisation for supporting construction sites, companies, suppliers and clients and to advise them on raising their standards and best practice above and beyond statutory requirements.

Edward joined the Scheme in 1998 and was appointed as General Manager in 2003, before becoming Chief Executive. Edward spent his early career in corporate sales, developing and training sales teams for a large UK gas supplier and assisting the development and management of sales teams for Telstra Australia.