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State of the Nation 2021: Six ways for civil engineers to act on climate change

Event organised by ICE

05 October 2021

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Join ICE President Rachel Skinner and members of the State of the Nation 2021 project board as they set out how civil engineers can tackle the climate emergency.

With infrastructure responsible for more than half of the UK’s carbon emissions (and similar numbers globally), it is time that we seriously address how to do things differently. Civil engineers are responsible for infrastructure – and that makes them responsible for supporting efforts to change and make our planet more sustainable.

Next month, the UK Government is hosting the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. Leaders of the world will come together to show true global leadership to tackle climate change, driving home to importance of acting now.

Each year, ICE produces a State of the Nation report which aims to stimulate debate and highlight the actions needed to improve the UK’s infrastructure services.

Last year’s report examined UK infrastructure’s contribution to achieving the net zero carbon target by 2050 and recommended a series of policy solutions. State of that Nation 2021 builds on last year’s recommendations and focuses on the role of civil engineers in this challenge. It underlines the actions the profession must take to act on climate change.

The State of the Nation 2021 report accepts that we all have a role to play and outlines:

  • our assessment of the current state of the nation as regards the current infrastructure carbon footprint and its trajectory;
  • our assessment of our civil engineers’ current state of readiness to tackle carbon through regional workshops and
  • our checklist of six key actions civil engineers must take to act on climate change.

Join ICE President Rachel Skinner and members of the State of the Nation 2021 Project Board as they set out our key actions for civil engineers to tackle the climate emergency.