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RCEA Annual conference: environmental challenges for major transport infrastructure projects

Event organised by Railway Civil Engineers' Association

25 April 2024

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The RCEA is delighted to host three talks on the challenges of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (often referred to as capital carbon), adapting infrastructure to our changing climate and improving biodiversity when building new infrastructure. Our speakers represent three of our biggest client organisations, Network Rail, Transport for London and the Department for Transport, together with specialist consultancy Expedition Engineering. 

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The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The Railway Civil Engineers Association

The RCEA promotes professional development and knowledge transfer in railway engineering with areas of interest including main line, metros, London Underground and light rail.


14:00 - 14:05

Introduction and Welcome

14:05 - 14:30

Transport for London's Approach to Decarbonising Infrastructure - Jane Wright, TFL

14:30 - 14:45

Audience Q&A

14:45 - 15:10

The Green Construction Board's Low Carbon Concrete Routemap - Dr. Peter Winslow

15:10 - 15:25

Audience Q&A

15:25 - 15:40


15:40 - 16:05

Joining up Decarbonisation, Climate Adaptation and Biodiversity in Transport Infrastructure - Dr. Tom McLenachan

16:05 - 16:20

Audience Q&A

16:20 - 16:30

Round Up


Meeting Closed


Stephen McCormick

Stephen McCormick

Network Rail

principal engineer (buildings and civils),

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Stephen McCormick

Over thirty-two years’ experience in Rail, starting with British Rail’s InterCity Civil Engineering Design Group, Swindon. This was followed with 10 years working on Thameslink, of which six years was spent on London Bridge Station Redevelopment.

Over a 25-year period, I was Co-Founder and Director of two consultancy practices providing design services to the railway industry.

Currently, Network Rail’s Lead Discipline Engineer working on Transpennine Route Upgrade (TRU) covering TRU East, West and Central.

Dr Peter Winslow

Dr Peter Winslow

Expedition Engineering


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Dr Peter Winslow

Pete is a chartered structural engineer and practice R&D lead, with almost 20 years of experience within the engineering and construction industry. He is an innovative and creative problem solver capable of developing practical engineering solutions to cost, carbon and programme challenges.

Pete is able to resolve engineering, design and construction challenges in new ways by combining his practical and technical knowledge. Alongside his colleagues Ed McCann and Ian Small, he leads the Construction Innovation team at Expedition. Pete is also on the USL executive board.

He has worked with a range of clients from design to delivery. Pete took the lead on the record-breaking Old Oak Common Station for HS2, which is set to be the best connected and largest new railway station ever built in the UK. He also heads up our portfolio of innovation work with Network Rail including delivering real cost and carbon savings to Network Rail’s network-wide renewals with his expertise. He advises the Environment Agency on engineering-led decarbonisation initiatives.

Carbon savings and efficiency engineering are a passion of Pete’s. He takes practical steps to help the industry achieve sustainability goals by leading the mobilisation team for the UK Concrete Decarbonisation Taskforce. He is also an external advisor on the technical committee for CARES UK Reinforcing Steel Sustainability, and is an external peer reviewer for GCB Low Carbon Concrete Route Map.

Dr Tom Mclenachan

Dr Tom Mclenachan

Department for Transport

senior policy advisor

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Dr Tom Mclenachan

Dr Tom Mclenachan is a Senior Policy Advisor in the Infrastructure Carbon team at the Department for Transport, UK. His work focusses on driving consistent whole life carbon assessment in infrastructure, building carbon management capability and supporting carbon reduction strategies in DfT and across Government.

He has contributed to key technical standards, for example sitting on the Technical Advisory Panel for the update to PAS 2080, and Government Guidance, such as IPA’s Best Practice in Benchmarking. He has represented Government at COP 26 and joined the ICE’s Carbon Champion Review Panel in 2022 – recognising exceptional performance in carbon reduction.

He is also the co-founder and Executive Director of Equal Aqua, an international NGO that is tacking inequalities in access to Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in East Africa, as well as addressing associated environmental issues. Working primarily in Uganda, Equal Aqua’s flagship projects include building rainwater harvesting tanks for schools from recycled plastic bottles, leading menstrual hygiene workshops for community groups, and restoring biodiversity through tree planting and other activities. In 2020 Equal Aqua was awarded the Points of Light Commonwealth award for its pioneering work in the WASH sector.

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Annabelle Molina