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State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2050 Net-Zero Target launch

Event organised by ICE

01 July 2020

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Last year the Government introduced legislation to make the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050 a legally binding commitment. Meeting this will require no small amount of work from the infrastructure and build environment sector.

Currently, the UK’s economic infrastructure networks contribute a large proportion of total annual carbon emissions. Transport and electricity from power stations alone were responsible for more than half of the UK’s total in 2018. Reaching this target will only be possible if clear, stable and well-designed policies to reduce emissions further are introduced across the economy without delay.

Planning and delivering the infrastructure the country needs takes decades and the way we live is also rapidly changing due to our aging population, increased effects of climate change and the growth in new technologies. However, over the coming years the Government will have to make important decisions on how the country will meet the target of achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.

This year’s State of the Nation 2020: Infrastructure and the 2020 Net-Zero Target builds on the Committee on Climate Change’s (CCC) Net Zero – The UK’s contribution to stopping global warming by examining the role the UK’s infrastructure networks and wider built environment sector can play in meeting the target.

During the online event, attendees will understand more about the report’s recommendations, as well as hear from key government and industry stakeholders on their views of the deliverability of the report.

The event speakers and panel members include:

  • Keith Howells, ICE Vice President and State of the Nation Steering Group Chair, who will give an overview of the report and its recommendations
  • Kemi Badenoch, Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury; who will, in a video, provide the Government’s response to the report’s recommendations and outline the latest work that is being done towards meeting the 2050 target
  • Andy Mitchell, Chair, Construction Leadership Council; who will detail the construction industry’s response to the report
  • Prof Keith Bell, Member, Committee on Climate Change; who will give an overview of the advice that the Committee initially gave to government on achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, and future plans, including forthcoming advice to government

Please note: this session will be recorded. Recordings may be used by the ICE for communications purposes. If you require further details, please contact [email protected].

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