ICE Northern Ireland was invited to share State of the Nation 2021 findings with senior civil servants in the region.
The Department for Infrastructure (DfI) in Northern Ireland has asked ICE for its insights on climate change action, based on the institution’s State of the Nation 2021 report.
ICE Northern Ireland representatives attended an online meeting with Department for Infrastructure Senior Civil Service (SCS) Group.
DfI Permanent Secretary Katrina Godfrey identified that the report was not just applicable to civil engineers, and invited ICE to present the findings to senior DfI colleagues to open a conversation on how the recommendations can be taken forward locally.
State of the Nation 2021 calls on civil engineers to own their responsibility to reduce infrastructure’s carbon footprint, and use their influence to bring about change.
The DfI permanent secretary said that there is a role for everyone working in infrastructure to act, to encourage a shift to low-carbon behaviours, and a need for us to ‘rethink the traditional’.
Other points raised at the meeting included the need for there to be collaborative action, and for the industry to embrace opportunities arising from data analysis and digital progression.
A key theme raised throughout the meeting, at which all parts of DfI’s work were represented, was recognition of the importance of having the necessary difficult conversations - challenging ourselves, colleagues, government, and wider society.
This echoed the message delivered at the launch of State of the Nation earlier this year, the findings of which have been distilled into six key actions that civil engineers, and others, can take to act on climate change.
Following the meeting, ICE Northern Ireland chair Chris Caves said: “ICE Northern Ireland is keen to continue these conversations with DfI as part of our ongoing collaboration in 2022 and beyond."
About the Northern Ireland Department for Infrastructure
The DfI encompasses three core groups (Roads and Rivers; Planning, Safety and Transport Policy; and Resources, Governance and EU) and has a broad range of responsibility and activity across the infrastructure sector in Northern Ireland.
This includes the development and maintenance of the road network, the operation of public transport, water and sewerage services, and flood risk management.