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ICE Carbon Champions: Send us your success stories

27 January 2021

Our ICE Carbon Champions programme will formally recognise wide-ranging initiatives in support of the drive to net-zero carbon. Find out how you can take part here.

ICE Carbon Champions: Send us your success stories

We are delighted to announce a new ICE Carbon Champions programme that will formally recognise wide-ranging initiatives that are supporting the quest for net zero carbon. All Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) members at all grades and in all roles are invited to share the best examples of real carbon reduction in practice.

This effort is a direct result of the overwhelming response from the engineering community to President Rachel Skinner’s ‘Shaping Zero' rallying call around the need for real and urgent action to actively reduce carbon emissions across the whole industry.

Your submissions

You are encouraged to submit any initiative that relates to carbon reduction. In return, we will feature the very best examples in onward ‘Shaping Zero’ film content, you will be recognised your team as ICE Carbon Champions and you will be helping to facilitate best practice insights and knowledge sharing.

  • These initiatives can be big or small, at any lifecycle stage, and anywhere in the world.

  • We are interested in all efforts to reduce carbon: examples might include net zero strategies, lower carbon design, lower carbon materials, less wasteful construction, or simply using less carbon in the workplace.

  • Entries must include a quantifiable amount of carbon saved and a method in relation to the carbon reduction calculation. This can follow any method you find useful.

  • We are seeking examples from teams, all of whom should have played a significant part in reducing the carbon impact on your project. Applications are open to all and do not require an ICE member to be included.

Submitted projects will be assessed and verified by a panel of experts, with the case studies and data also used to provide valuable insight for The Carbon Project - the ICE’s long-term programme to share knowledge and best practice on delivering low-carbon solutions.

“It is a real pleasure to have received such a positive response to my Presidential Address and I want to thank those who listened and have begun to share some serious ideas in response to my big question: ‘What are you going to do?’,” said ICE President, Rachel Skinner.

“The ICE Carbon Champions project will recognise those behind outstanding carbon-reduction efforts and help build an international repository of practical measures to implement in the quest for net zero. I know there is a huge appetite for change and collaboration across the ICE community as well as enormous potential to shape the future in this area.

“I look forward to seeing those projects and teams who have already made progress in reducing our carbon emissions.”

The Carbon Project released early research into carbon reduction in October, revealing that, while emissions from UK infrastructure fell by almost a quarter between 2010 and 2018, the rate of reduction needs to accelerate in order to achieve the net-zero target by 2050.

Using data from Carbon Champions and their submissions, the project will soon finalise a report into systems-level carbon reduction while also working to update PAS 2080 - the global standard for managing infrastructure carbon.

Read the application Terms & Conditions and guidance.

Read more on our Carbon Champions initiative in ICE President Rachel Skinner's blog.

  • Katie Momber, climate community manager at ICE