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ICE Strategy Session: contracts, climate change and infrastructure

Event organised by ICE

16 July 2024

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What role can construction contracts play in tackling climate change and improving sustainability in the infrastructure sector? Join us at our next ICE Strategy Session to find out.

A panel of legal and sustainability specialists will share examples of how contracts can create a framework to accelerate the decarbonisation of infrastructure and the uptake of nature-positive solutions.

The speakers will discuss projects and initiatives they have worked on to address climate change and meet net-zero goals.

They will also highlight the importance of working collaboratively to achieve faster and more effective outcomes.

After this session, at 11:00-12:30, a second session will showcase the work the ICE President’s Future Leaders have been doing to improve understanding of the interrelationships between natural and built environment systems. Please register to attend this event.


09:00 - 09:05

Welcome from chair - Dr Janet Young, director general, ICE

09:05 - 09:45

Fireside chat: How can construction contracts tackle climate change and address sustainability?

  • Anne-Marie Friel, partner, Pinsent Masons
  • Camilla ter Haar, barrister, 39 Essex Chambers
09:45 - 10:00

NEC X29: driving towards net zero and tackling climate change

  • Lewis Barlow, decarbonisation technical director, WSP
10:00 - 10:15

Construction Leadership Council (CLC): five client carbon commitments

  • Andrew Kidd, director of environmental sustainability, Lower Thames Crossing
10:15 - 10:30

Panel Q&A session

  • Lewis Barlow, decarbonisation technical director, WSP
  • Andrew Kidd, director of environmental sustainability, Lower Thames Crossing

End of session


Janet Young

Janet Young

Institution of Civil Engineers

director general and secretary

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Janet Young

Dr Janet Young joined the ICE as director general and secretary in January 2023.

She has extensive experience in the built environment sector, having most recently worked in the Cabinet Office where she was head of the Government Property Profession, leading the profession and driving the agenda for the property and estates function.

She has also been global director of estates for the British Council, director of estates for the Ministry of Justice, and head of asset management in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

She is a Major Projects Leadership Academy graduate of the Saïd Business School, and a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Institution of Royal Engineers, and Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Her PhD, Towards Zero Energy Buildings, looked at the challenges and solutions for low carbon and energy developments.

Lewis Barlow

Lewis Barlow


decarbonisation technical director

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Lewis Barlow

Lewis Barlow provides expert advice on whole-life decarbonisation for local authorities, developers and governments at the highest level. 

With more than 25 years’ experience of managing environmental risk and minimising whole-life carbon, Barlow is responsible for many internationally recognised advances in addressing the climate crisis. 

He is renowned for his skills and experience in reducing carbon on construction projects. He and his team won New Civil Engineer’s NCE100 Low Carbon Leader award for two consecutive years for their work to reduce carbon and share best practice across the infrastructure sector.  

Barlow wrote and presents the ICE’s Carbon Management in Infrastructure course and is skilled in the application of climate change projections to ensure project resilience. He was a member of both the steering group and technical advisory panel for PAS 2080:2023: Carbon management in buildings and infrastructure. 

He works across governments to develop decarbonisation technical guidance and policy to promulgate PAS 2080 and the consistent economic appraisal of whole-life carbon in business cases, providing pragmatic advice to help projects align with the transition to net zero. 

Anne-Marie Friel

Anne-Marie Friel

Pinsent Mason


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Anne-Marie Friel

Anne-Marie Friel is a transactional infrastructure and construction partner at Pinsent Masons, with 25 years of experience advising on major projects. She holds particular expertise in NEC contracts, collaborative contracting and joint ventures.   

Friel is currently advising a European public-sector transport operator on the approach to the implementation of ambitious sustainability targets in its supplier contracts on a major new transport development.  

She has been a steering group member of the respected Net Zero Infrastructure Industry Coalition since 2019. She co-leads the UK’s Digital Twin Hub, Governance and Trust working group.  

Friel authored the procurement chapter in the Manifesto on Achieving Carbon and Resource Neutrality in the European Construction Sector, published in December 2023 by three European industry bodies: the European International Contractors (EIC), the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) and the European Network of Construction Companies for Research and Development (Encord). 

She was also lead author of Procurement and Contracting for Climate Change Data and Digital Solutions, an academic paper published in 2023 in the ICE journal Civil Engineering. 

Camilla ter Haar

Camilla ter Haar

39 Essex Chambers


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Camilla ter Haar

Camilla ter Haar is a barrister at 39 Essex Chambers, with a broad practice that combines commercial and construction law.  

She co-authored Remedies in Construction Law, the third edition of which will be published in late 2024.  

She is co-host of the podcast series Construction and the Climate. 

Andrew Kidd

Andrew Kidd

Lower Thames Crossing

director of environmental sustainability

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Andrew Kidd

Andrew Kidd is leading National Highways’ approach to the decarbonisation of the Lower Thames Crossing. He is demonstrating that deep decarbonisation of infrastructure construction is possible and is making the project a pathfinder for the industry. 

Kidd has 20 years’ experience in delivering capital investment in infrastructure in both the public and private sectors. He has held senior leadership roles in multibillion-pound transport programmes and has advised project and business leaders.