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First-ever ICE Carbon Champions revealed

16 September 2021

Twenty-seven engineers have been awarded the title ICE Carbon Champion, recognising their efforts in reducing carbon in infrastructure.

First-ever ICE Carbon Champions revealed

More than 20 civil engineers can officially call themselves Carbon Champions, with their efforts to quantifiably reduce the carbon emissions on projects having been recognised by the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

To celebrate the sustainable efforts being made across industry, the institution has announced its first cohort of ICE Carbon Champions at an online event, co-hosted with programme supporter Bentley Systems, today. Twenty-seven individuals, working across nine projects in three countries, were praised for their work reducing carbon emissions.

The first champions range from organisations including Stantec UK, Transport for London (TfL), BAM Nuttall, Arup and Keltbray. The projects come from various regions in England, Scotland and the Middle East.

Lara Young, chair of the ICE Carbon Champions Review Panel, said: “Civil engineering is all about transforming lives and improving the way we live. Finding sustainable ways to design, deliver and optimise infrastructure is a critical for our generation.

“It’s been inspiring see such impressive carbon reduction efforts in practice, making tangible difference to the way we live today. These individuals, and their teams, are building sustainable resilient infrastructure that is fit for our futures, and to celebrate that is important.”

About the ICE Carbon Champions initiative

The ICE Carbon Champions programme recognises decarbonisation efforts from across the civil engineering community, and provides recognition for project owners as well as best practice insights and expertise for the wider industry.

The programme is part of ICE President Rachel Skinner’s Shaping Zero initiative, designed to enable civil engineers to implement the drive to net zero. It forms part of the ongoing efforts of the institution to place the decarbonisation of the industry at the heart of its, and the sector’s, agenda, in line with the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs).

Rachel Skinner, ICE President, said: “It is human nature to think that disasters and problems will happen to someone else, somewhere else, but the reality is climate change is and will continue to affect each and every one of us – and we all have a responsibility to make positive change.

“These individuals, through their hard work and innovative thinking, are doing just that – delivering real change within the industry to help reduce the amount of carbon produced by infrastructure. In celebrating these achievements we want to recognise this, but also educate and inspire others to look at what they can do in their own projects.”

How to become an ICE Carbon Champion

Teams or individuals can apply to be recognised as Carbon Champions. They are required to give details of the project they work on, as well as the carbon saving they have made or plan to make, uploading their calculations and methodology as evidence.

The projects will be used as case studies of carbon reduction in practice, creating data-driven insights and raising awareness of how engineers are contributing to net-zero targets. The Champions will be the first members of an all-new ICE Carbon Community, actively collaborating and seeking to implement and share latest carbon reduction approaches.

Meet the ICE Carbon Champions

ICE's 27 Carbon Champions are:

  • Mohamed Al Deab, Arup
  • Mohamed Hussein, Khatib Alami
  • Ben Hellawell, Transport for London
  • Peter Roseff, Stantec
  • Nick Moss, BAM Nuttall
  • Adam Ferguson, BAM Nuttall
  • Steve Caucutt, BAM Nuttall
  • Aaron Lucid, DB Group (Holdings)
  • Andrew Rayner, Network Rail
  • Kiro Tamer, Keltbray
  • Darren James Keltbray
  • Ian Fawcus, Kier
  • Adam Robinson, Environment Agency
  • Kaye Pollard, Mott MacDonald
  • Charlie Bell, Mott MacDonald
  • Ruth Gregory, FJD Consulting (& Design)
  • Simon Moon, FJD Consulting (& Design)
  • Dom McIlgrew, FJD Consulting (& Design)
  • Chris Jefferson, FJD Consulting (& Design)
  • Graham Lloyd, Wills Bros Civil Engineering
  • Cian McGuiness, RPS Group
  • Douglas Halliday, Wills Bros Civil Engineering
  • Adele Ramsden, Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • Stephen Bisset, Scottish Power Energy Networks
  • Keith Fernandes, Wills Bros Civil Engineering
  • Chris Landsburgh, Wills Bros Civil Engineering
  • Stuart Angus, Wills Bros Civil Engineering

ICE Carbon Champions by project

Boston, East Midlands |Boston Barrier - Environment Agency/ BMMJV/Mott MacDonald

Cornwall, South West |Helston (River Cober) Flood Alleviation Scheme- Kier

London | Colindale Station Redevelopment- Transport for London (TfL)

London | Fuel Saving Tournament - Keltbray

UK-wide / Birmingham | Ancillary Design of Railway Trackside Structures - FJD Consulting (& Design) Ltd

Wiltshire | SouthPoint Business Park - Stantec UK

Scotland | Glasgow Airport Investment Area – cable crossing - Wills Bros Civil Engineer Ltd & Scottish Power Energy Networks & RPS Group

Middle East | How to reduce carbon dioxide emissions on infrastructure projects in the Middle East - Arup

  • Emma Beer, media relations manager at ICE