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Following the launch of her Shaping Zero film last year, ICE President Rachel Skinner outlines the next phase of ICE's programme for the coming year - Carbon Champions.
Today marks the initial launch of the next part of the ICE’s Shaping Zero programme for this year: I’d like to invite you all to help us, by becoming ICE Carbon Champions.
Please read on to find out more.
To build and accelerate my Shaping Zero efforts, we are keen to recognise people and teams who are already on the path to reducing carbon. Our goal is to encourage a fast-growing team of ICE Carbon Champions, keen to share, collaborate and learn from each other.
This means that we are on the hunt for case studies and evidenced stories of carbon reduction, large and small. We have kept the process as simple as possible. Any initiative, project or investment could fit with this; we want to hear from you and your team if you are making a conscious effort to cut carbon. Full details about how to submit are here, but in a nutshell:
Your project, programme or investment can be at any stage: strategy, concept, design, construction or already in operation.
Your initiative can be at any scale and in any sector. We want to showcase good practice from the very smallest project to the largest programme or system.
There’s just one catch: to submit your initiative you need to have some form of measurement attached (even if very simple or from first principles) so we can understand the planned and/or actual benefit to carbon emissions.
Become an ICE Carbon Champion
In my last blog and in my Shaping Zero film, I explained net-zero carbon using a bath analogy. This time, I want to explain the link between infrastructure and carbon dioxide emissions, and how this is hard-wired to climate change.
Carbon dioxide is the primary driver of climate change in 2021, driving global warming along with other potent greenhouse gases. This warming is accelerating and it is disrupting our natural systems, increasing the frequency and intensity of natural disasters and extreme weather. It poses a wholesale existential threat to our long-run future unless we can bring carbon emissions down, fast, to a ‘net zero’ level where our natural systems and technologies can cope.
In short, a massive 70% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions are linked to infrastructure through its creation and use. To get climate change under control, we must cut this in half by 2030.
Coming up next: Where are my carbon emissions?
Thank you once again for taking the time to read this. I can’t wait to confirm the first group of ICE Carbon Champions – and I hope to be able to showcase your great ideas and best practice to the ider industry and beyond. Please click the link above to take part.
Application terms and conditions and guidance can be found here.
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