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The climate challenge: where do you think we go from here?

Event organised by ICE

18 October 2023
18:30 - 20:00 BST (GMT+1)
Creative Innovation Centre CIC
The Memorial Hall
Paul Street
Taunton, TA1 3PF
United Kingdom

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Setting the climate challenge in context is crucial to exploring the opportunities for civil engineers and associated professionals to take action to repair and reverse the damaging impacts of climate change.

Our collective response to the climate and the ecological crises so far has been off the pace and scale that is needed to meet the goal of the Paris Agreement of limiting warming to 1.50C.

This event will discuss what the civil engineering sector can do to help deliver a world where people and the complex ecological systems that support life are not irreversibly harmed by infrastructure and construction.

In this context, two key questions will be explored:

  • What are the solutions that are being implemented in the civil engineering sector that can lead to rapid and transformative system change while ensuring everyone’s basic needs are met?
  • Where should professionals in the civil engineering sectors prioritise their actions – energy supply, transport, land, food, industry, systems, or governance?

The evening will also include a case study exploring the ‘real world’ impact of climate change on highway maintenance in Somerset. The example will discuss a range of climate and weather impacts and how local authorities can ensure that highways are designed and maintained to withstand the changing climate patterns effectively.

The event is hosted by the ICE Taunton City Club. Doors to the venue open at 18:00, so why not get there early and start a conversation with your fellow attendees!


18:00 - 18:30

Doors open and networking

18:30 - 20:00

Main event


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Karuna Tharmananthar

Karuna Tharmananthar

Climate Action Taunton


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Karuna Tharmananthar

Karuna is a retired chartered engineer with experience of working in both public and private sectors, holding senior positions, including his last role at North Somerset Council as Deputy Director for Development Environment. This included implementing interventions to help with economic development and regeneration with a focus on those areas with hard to reach and disadvantaged people. In addition, he is hugely concerned about the welfare of people and the planet and volunteers as an advisor with Citizens Advice Taunton. Karuna is a founder member of Climate Action Taunton, a small charity with the aim of supporting individuals and communities to take action to mitigate the damaged being done to our climate and the natural environment.

Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Somerset Council

head of highway operations

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Andrew Turner

Andrew is an ICE chartered civil engineer. He has over 30 years of experience working in the public and private sectors with specialisms in highway maintenance, flood risk management, and traffic management. He also worked for the Transport Research Laboratory and the Department for Transport undertaking research and consultancy into winter service and highway maintenance.

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Yasemin Gurbuz

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