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Creating alignment to deliver climate outcomes: NEC clause X29 in theory and practice

Event organised by ICE

20 June 2024
12:30 - 13:30 BST (GMT+1)
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How do you reconcile the climate ambitions with the demands of project delivery, and even tiered procurement?

In this CPD knowledge event, hosted jointly by ICE Yorkshire & Humber and the Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) Yorkshire, we will explore one way in which alignment of the whole project team can be created and reinforced proactively through commercial management.

Richard Patterson, procurement specialist at Mott MacDonald and NEC expert, was part of the NEC4 drafting team for clause x29, which is designed to help drive the achievement of net zero greenhouse gas emissions and other related climate change and biodiversity targets within projects. He will share his insights into the operation of the clause.

Nikolaus Moore, senior commercial manager at Skanska, will share his experience and learning having pioneered the adoption of the x29 clause to deliver specialist geotechnical works on a major highways project in the East of England.

This engaging session aims to explore how well-crafted contract clauses, specifically the NEC4 x29 secondary option, can be used as a powerful tool to align and incentivise parties towards achieving crucial climate outcomes. Attendees will have the opportunity to engage with the mechanisms in theory, and also with a live case study project, gaining practical insights that can applied towards our shared climate ambition.

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The Chartered Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors (CICES) is the leading international professional body for specialists in geospatial engineering and commercial management in infrastructure.


Richard Patterson

Richard Patterson

Mott MacDonald

Procurement and NEC specialist at Mott MacDonald

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Richard Patterson

Richard is a chartered civil engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers (FICE) and procurement and NEC specialist with global development, engineering and management consultant, Mott MacDonald.

He was part of the drafting team for NEC4, has been part of the ICE’s working group on procurement, contracts and carbon/net zero and contributed to NEC’s soon to be released secondary option relating to ‘net zero’.

Richard leads on NEC for Mott MacDonald and delivers in-house and client training and training for NEC Training, including their 4 day ECC Project Manager accreditation course.

He is very keen on getting NEC used more widely and has given NEC training in Australia, Bangladesh, Brunei, Ethiopia, France. Germany, Hong Kong. Ireland, New Zealand, Qatar, Peru, Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sri Lanka and the USA.

Mr Richard Patterson has contributed to two NEC books, had 7 NEC papers published in ICE’s Proceedings and sat on the Editorial Advisory Panel of the ICE’s journal, Management, Procurement and Law. He is also a frequent contributor to the NEC website and newsletter (52 articles at the last count). Most of his articles are linked from his Linked-in page at: