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ICE responds to Climate Change Committee's Progress Report

29 June 2022

Responding to the Climate Change Committee's Progress Report, published today (Wednesday), Chris Richards, Director of Policy at the Institution of Civil Engineers, said:

"Infrastructure professionals will take heart from the progress outlined in today's report – emissions and the cost of deploying renewable energy are coming down.

“They will also agree with the conclusions on what is holding back further progress: poor coordination and accountability across levels of government, a planning system that serves as a barrier and the shrugging of shoulders on climate adaptation and resilience.

"The rising cost of living has shown that the UK desperately needs to move away from energy sources that carry a high economic and environmental cost, and go big on renewables and energy efficiency.

“Engineers have the technical know-how and the ambition to build the low-carbon infrastructure of tomorrow, but policy changes and coordination at all levels of government are needed today."

Notes to editors

To arrange an interview or briefing with Chris or another ICE spokesperson, contact Kai Tabacek, media relations manager at ICE: 07818 939 701 / [email protected]

The Climate Change Committee's 2022 Progress Report to Parliament will be published on Wednesday 29 June at 00:01 on its website:

About the Institution of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1818, the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) is a UK-based international organisation with more than 95,000 members, ranging from students to professionally qualified civil engineers.

As an educational and qualifying body, with charitable status under UK law, we support our members throughout their careers, and help society to have trust and confidence in infrastructure professionals.

Under our Royal Charter, ICE has become recognised worldwide for its excellence as a centre of learning, a public voice for the profession and a leading source of expertise in infrastructure and engineering policy.

  • Kai Tabacek, media relations manager at ICE