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Conference 2022: Surviving the climate crisis: how prepared is the construction industry?

Event organised by ICE

29 April 2022
09:00 - 17:00 HKT (GMT+8)

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The recently published IPCC AR6 report on physical science basis states unequivocally that human activities have been a primary cause of the warming of our atmosphere, ocean and land, and that the scale of recent changes across the climate system is unprecedented. Faced with the imperative to achieve the worldwide objective of net zero carbon emissions by the middle of this century, concerted mitigation efforts including transition to clean energy, reduction of energy consumption and greenhouse gas emission, and reducing CO2 in the atmosphere through restoration of the natural environment and engineering carbon capture – all involving the work of civil engineers – are required.

The future climate will be frequented with weather extremes – heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and tropical cyclones, causing more severe and frequent natural disasters such as flooding, landslides and wildfires worldwide. Critical to these risks from climate change and building resilience to protect the built and natural environment will be the work of civil engineers.

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  • Registration will be confirmed on a first-come-first-served basis upon receipt of payment and priority will be given to ICE members
  • Only successful applicants will receive a confirmation e-mail.
  • The registration fee is non-refundable.
  • Certificate of Attendance will be emailed to participants after the conference based on attendance record. Granting CPD hours is entirely at the discretion of the concerned professional body.
  • The above is subject to change without prior notice

Adverse weather arrangement

The event will be cancelled or rescheduled to another date in case of Amber or Red or Black Rainstorm Alert; or Typhoon Signal No.3 or No. 8 or above being in force by the Hong Kong Observatory at or after 7am. It may also be cancelled because of safety or other reasons.


The Institution of Civil Engineers (Hong Kong Association) shall not under any circumstances be liable or otherwise for death or any injury or for any damage to or loss or destruction of property or otherwise, in any such case arising from any accident or mishap, and whether during or after this event, in preparation for it, traveling to or from it or otherwise.


The event will be held at 9:00am – 5:00pm Hong Kong Time.

In view of the current pandemic situation in Hong Kong, the conference will be held ONLINE only.


Ed McCann

Ed McCann

Institution of Civil Engineers

president 2021-22

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Ed McCann

Ed graduated from Imperial College London in 1989 with a degree in Civil Engineering. During twelve years with Binnie & Partners he obtained a Master’s Degree in Hydraulic Engineering and worked on some fifty infrastructure projects all over the world.

He joined Expedition Engineering in 2002 where he has been the Project Director for many projects including the multi award winning Infinity Bridge and the Olympic 2012 Velodrome. He currently works on major projects and programs in the UK and internationally where he focuses on strategic engineering design and improving productivity across the asset lifecycle. 

Ed was instrumental in the growth and development of Expedition from a “back bedroom start-up” to Building Magazine’s Engineering Consultant of the Year in 2012.

In 2009, Ed and the two other owners of Expedition set up a social enterprise called the Useful Simple Trust and gave the company to the employees. He is now a Trustee of the UST, which has a number of award-winning companies specialising in Engineering, Communications Design, Architecture, Education and Sustainability.

He is a Royal Academy Visiting Professor of Innovation and a member of the UK’s i3P Strategic Leadership Group which is focused on innovating across the built environment. 

He co-created cross industry initiatives including: the Constructionarium, the Get It Right Initiative and the Expedition Workshed.

Ed has been actively involved in design education since 1999 and he is a Royal Academy of Engineering Visiting Professor of Innovation.


For more information please contact:

Ms Jenny Chan