In her debut blog, ICE President Rachel Skinner follows up on the huge debate and positive response sparked by her Shaping Zero film, launched at the end of 2020. Here she outlines the next steps we need to take to achieve net-zero by 2050.
What a whirlwind these recent weeks have been! Since you saw my Shaping Zero inaugural address and film, I’ve been busy sharing its key carbon message at dozens of events, including a United Nations ‘Race to Zero’ COP26 dialogue, keynotes such as the launch of our Brunel International Lecture series and the annual symposium held by our partners, the International Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, and at many other senior industry and government round tables.
I’ve also been out and virtually about in Scotland and Northern Ireland where I’ve had the pleasure of meeting with hundreds of ICE members over the past two weeks.
Before I go any further, I owe a “thank you” to many of you.
First, thank you for shattering all ICE event records when you joined, in your thousands, my live Shaping Zero address and the recorded versions that are now available online have been viewed over 6,000 times. (If you missed it, you can catch up with the Shaping Zero film here or my full address, here.
But beyond that, thank you to the many hundreds of you who took the time to share the most incredible feedback on the film and its core messages; I have been literally deluged with positive feedback and offers of support since it launched last month.
Most importantly, though, thank you to those of you who listened and have now started to share some serious ideas in response to my big question: “What are you going to do?”
What’s next for Shaping Zero?
All of you who have watched the Shaping Zero film will know that my focus is on net zero carbon – and specifically the opportunity and urgent need for civil engineers across the world to reduce the billions of tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions that relate directly to the design, build and long-term use of our infrastructure.
This has already sparked huge appetite for change across the ICE community – alongside a new appreciation of the scale and speed of action needed, and our enormous potential to shape the future in this area.