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This is an event as part of ICE President Rachel Skinner’s virtual visit to North Wales.
Climate change is a broad term used to refer to changes in the earth’s climates at local, regional or global scales, and can also refer to the effects of these changes. In recent decades, the term ‘climate change’ is most often used to describe changes in the earth’s climate driven primarily by human activity since the pre-industrial period (c. 1850 onwards), particularly the burning of fossil fuels and removal of forests, resulting in a relatively rapid increase in carbon dioxide concentration in the earth’s atmosphere.
Global warming is a term often used interchangeably with climate change, as it is one of the most important measures of global changes. Global warming refers to the rise in average global temperatures, which is linked to significant impacts on humans, wildlife, and ecosystems around the world. Because there are more factors and impacts than only rising surface temperatures, the term climate change is used to include these additional impacts. There is strong consensus among scientists, representing 97% of actively publishing climate scientists, that human influence has been the dominant cause of observed warming trends since the 20th century.
The Welsh Government has recently created a ‘super’ Ministry of Climate Change and already in place is the Well Being of Future Generations Act. The debate will consider climate change in Wales from three perspective, flood risk management; net zero from a Contractor’s perspective to mitigate climate change and the HyNet initiative.
12:30 Opening comments by ICE Wales Cymru Director, Keith Jones
12:32 Welcome by ICE Wales Cymru Chair North Wales Branch Chair, Kerry Evans
12:35 President to introduce the discussion
12:50 Huw Williams, Gwynedd Council – Flood Risk Management
13:00 Alun Griffiths Contractors – A Contractor’s perspective
13:10 Ben Clarke of HyNet – The HyNet Initiative
13:45 Close by Kerry Evans
President, Institution of Civil Engineers 2020 – 2021, Executive Director, WSP Patron - Women in Transport
Rachel 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.
Rachel 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.
Huw is the Head of YGC, a department of Gwynedd Council, delivering high quality services in the fields of climate change, flood, coastal erosion risk management, community’s adaptation as a consequence of climate change, project management, highways, structures, environment, architecture, cost consultancy, and geotechnical.
Huw is an ICE Fellow, Chartered Engineer, and has been the Project Director of the Fairbourne Moving Forward and the Pwllheli Pilot study projects. Huw offers multi-disciplinary solutions to communities under risk from climate change, include all associated procurement processes.
Operations Director for North Wales, Alun Griffiths
A highly enthusiastic and driven operational leader with over 10 years’ experience in the civil engineering industry working on a variety of challenging technical projects. Responsible for the sustainable delivery of turnover with a proven track record of ensuring absolute compliance with SHEQ policies and procedures.
A strong and dynamic leader that leads by example to set high standards of professionalism for the benefits of the business whilst striving for continuous improvements and innovation. An emotionally intelligent team player, who has the ability to influence and motivate employees to maximize engagement and ensure accountability for a high performing team in a challenging and changing environment.
Ben is a Chartered Engineer with wide ranging experience across the onshore gas industry including major projects, connections and customer service. Ben’s experience includes the design and build for multiple site upgrades on natural gas and LNG sites including novel storage and ballasting projects.
Recently Ben has led several studies for high profile hydrogen projects including HyNet pre-FEED network design and Southampton cluster decarbonisation study. Ben has a proven capacity to lead and manage both departments and projects meeting both business and client requirements. Ben is the current President of the Institution of Gas Engineers & Managers (IGEM).
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