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ICE statement on QEII Bridge protest

18 October 2022

In response to the ongoing Just Stop Oil protest at the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge, Nick Baveystock, director general at the Institution of Civil Engineers, said:

"Civil engineers are at the forefront of tackling climate change and are working daily to meet the challenges of decarbonising energy supplies.

"There is no doubt that governments around the world could move further in phasing out fossil fuels, however the acute energy crisis has forced some to prioritise energy security and sourcing new supplies.

"We believe there are more constructive ways to make this point and have made representations to government on the value of prioritising energy demand reduction and energy efficiency improvements.

"The individuals involved in this protest are not ICE members.

"Our members are expected to adhere to our code of conduct at all times, which states that all members shall have full regard for the public interest, particularly in relation to matters of health and safety."

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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.

  • Nick Baveystock, director general at Institution of Civil Engineers