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Next steps: what should the net zero infrastructure priorities be for day 1 of the next UK Parliament?

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Date
21 March 2024
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Overview

This event is linked to the launch of a new ICE Next Steps policy programme on ‘day 1’ infrastructure priorities for the next UK Parliament. The newly published briefing paper can be found here: What should the ‘day 1’ priorities be for a new UK Parliament?

In 2024, the UK will head to the polls to elect a new national government. Whoever leads the next parliament will face a difficult task in an increasingly challenging economic climate.

The UK is committed to reaching net zero by 2050, with an interim target to reduce emissions by 78% by 2035 compared to 1990 levels. To achieve this, the UK’s Climate Change Committee suggests the UK needs to rapidly increase investment from £10 billion every year to £50 billion by 2030.

Two-thirds of the carbon emissions that cause global warming come from economic infrastructure: the services such as transport, energy, and heating that we rely on to survive and thrive.

With time running out, big decisions will need to be made on ‘day one’ of the new parliament if we are going to hit these targets. It’s crucial, therefore, that these decisions are the right ones.

About the next steps programme

There is no shortage of ideas on what to do about this complex challenge.

The difficulty decision-makers face is cutting through the noise and making the political choices that will benefit us most.

As one of the world’s most respected professional engineering associations, the ICE can play an important part in informing these choices. This programme, the fourth in the ICE’s Next Steps series, will make informed recommendations on which available options a new UK Parliament should prioritise.

Climate change is a global problem, and solving it will require all governments to work together. These recommendations won’t be one-size-fits-all. But they can look to other countries for examples, and could help the UK be an example for others.

Join us for a panel debate

This panel debate will kick off a series of public discussions that will explore this topic in honest, simple terms, and help decision-makers prioritise the policies, investments, and actions the UK most urgently need. Panellists will discuss the most important policy areas for achieving net zero, considering their economic viability, carbon impact and wider public benefit.

Speakers

Tim Chapman

Tim Chapman

Boston Consulting Group

Partner and Director

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Tim Chapman

Tim is recognised as a pioneer of change in infrastructure.

Joining Arup in 1987 as a geotechnical engineer he led design on many landmark buildings, overturning regulatory constraints to innovate whilst editing the ICE Manual of Geotechnical Engineering. Leading engineering on major global infrastructure schemes in the 2000s, including Crossrail, led to him chairing the committee which guided the industry on carbon reduction and ultimately his co-authoring of PAS2080:2016, the sole global standard for whole-life carbon management in infrastructure.

Tim continues to provide advice to Government on establishing better ways of delivering projects, including the Infrastructure & Projects Authority’s Value Toolkit. He helps government and clients to deliver successful projects, which achieve wider social value.

Roz Bulleid

Roz Bulleid

Green Alliance

research director

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Roz Bulleid

Roz is research director at the environmental thinktank and charity Green Alliance.

She began her career as a researcher and then worked as an environmental journalist, writing for a number of publications including ENDS Report, Environmental Finance, The Guardian and The Architects’ Journal, before becoming the associate editor of the daily EU news service ENDS Europe.

Prior to Green Alliance, Roz worked at the manufacturers’ organisation, Make UK, where she led the team working on climate, energy and environment policies affecting the sector, including emissions trading, energy pricing, chemicals regulation and air pollution.

Roz studied Biology and Geography at the University of Bristol and has an MSc in Science Communication from Imperial College, London

James Richardson

James Richardson

Climate Change Committee

Director of Analysis

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James Richardson

James Richardson has been director of analysis at the Climate Change Committee since July 2023.

From 2016 to July 2023, he was chief economist at the National Infrastructure Commission, where he led on production of the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, an in-depth assessment of the UK’s major infrastructure needs on a 30-year time horizon. He led net zero related work for the commission’s second National Infrastructure Assessment, due to be published 18 October 2023.

Prior to this, James was director, fiscal and deputy chief economic adviser at HM Treasury from July 2012 to March 2016 and director, public spending and chief microeconomist at HM Treasury from September 2008 to July 2012.

Denise Bower

Denise Bower

Mott MacDonald

director for external engagement

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Denise Bower

Professor Denise Bower is director for external engagement at
Mott MacDonald. She is responsible for client and partner relationships
and for Mott MacDonald's response to climate change across
the business.

Denise is well known in industry for her past roles as the
executive director of the Major Projects Association, a former member of
the UK Infrastructure Client Group and as a professor in the School of
Civil Engineering at the University of Leeds.

Denise is a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers and appointed
to the Order of the British Empire for her services to the engineering
and construction industries.

Juliette Sanders

Juliette Sanders

Energy UK

director of strategic communications

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Juliette Sanders

Juliette is director of strategic communications at Energy UK, the UK’s largest and most diverse energy trade association, representing business across the sector from large-scale electricity generators to retailers who sell energy to business and customers. She has a Masters in engineering from Cambridge University, and has held a variety of analytical and communications roles across low carbon generation at Equinor, Orsted and EDF Energy.

Juliette is passionate about inspiring and developing others in the energy sector; she was part of the initial team that set up Women in Nuclear, and is a founding member of the TIDE Taskforce – set up to improve equity, diversity and inclusion across the energy industry. 

She is also an honorary lecturer at the University of East Anglia. In her spare time she makes energy-related music, jewellery and dresses up as a wind turbine under the alter-ego Killah Jules to engage with the public.