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The route to net zero workshop, South West

Event organised by ICE

27 January 2021

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The South West Infrastructure Partnership (SWIP), supported by the University of Bristol and ICE South West, is running an interactive online workshop to elicit cross-sector information using a digital canvas tool.

The route to net zero: Co-producing an integrating route map for South West infrastructure decarbonisation is the first in a series of workshops in 2021 that will feed into the creation of an integrated route map for the decarbonisation of infrastructure in South West England.

Please download the participant briefing document for details about how the workshop will operate and pre-reading requirements.


Effective and efficient decarbonisation depends on an integrated and systemic approach across all societal service and economic sectors, including the infrastructure that underpins them.

A major challenge is that responsibility for decarbonisation is distributed across many sector stakeholders, with varying scales of remit, all of whom need to account for their sector’s interdependencies with other sectors.

Failure to join up thinking, purpose and practice across these stakeholders will undoubtedly lead to ineffective and inefficient decarbonisation actions. Joined up decarbonisation solutions will undoubtedly create greater value and impact.

Given infrastructure’s integrative and underpinning role, it is crucial that its own decarbonisation actions dovetail with those of the sectors it supports. Thus, the infrastructure sector’s decarbonisation route map must align and integrate with those of the other sectors.

While decarbonisation route maps will have many generic components, they will also have sector and place specific elements, which need to be properly understood and integrated. The South West has a unique combination of geographical, environmental, and economic factors that decarbonisation schemes must embrace.

Route mapping co-production process

The South West Infrastructure Partnership's initial decarbonisation workshops, held in 2020, confirmed the need to develop an Integrating South West Regional Infrastructure Decarbonisation Route Map that will underpin attaining the net zero goal.

SWIP is now initiating a co-production process to generate this route map. All infrastructure stakeholders in the South West are encouraged to participate.

The route mapping process is coordinated by the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Bristol.

The process consists of a series of online workshops that will elicit sector and cross-sector information using a digital canvas tool.

The coordinators will synthesise the information into a consolidated draft route map for the SWIP community to shape further and ultimately endorse.

The kick-off workshop will be held on Wednesday 27 January 2021 from 12.30-14.00. This start with short summaries of the priorities and timelines from the perspectives of national, local authority, transport, water, energy, digital, and construction sectors.

Following a short digital canvas training exercise, breakout sessions will enable participants to comment and add further thoughts (especially on barriers to progress) using the digital canvas.  The workshop will conclude with a summary session and discussion of next steps.

The digital canvas will remain open for participants to add to between workshops. The coordinators will produce the first draft integrated route map within three weeks of the kick-off workshop.

After registering for the initial workshop, you will receive an email containing joining instructions.

Further development

After a month, a second 60-minute online workshop will review and elaborate the draft route map in a similar manner. After a further month, the capstone 60-minute workshop will review the final draft route map.

SWIP will subsequently hold a formal launch event, with the endorsed route map being published on the SWIP web site. The route map will be reviewed annually.