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ICE East Midlands holds first Liveable Cities event

04 February 2019

The region's industry professionals met to discuss how cities can deal with growing populations and meet the government's climate change targets. 

ICE East Midlands holds first Liveable Cities event

Built environment professionals have been discussing the challenges cities face in achieving climate change targets by 2050 as part of ICE East Midlands’ Liveable Cities programme.

The programme seeks to ask how cities can sustain the needs of growing urban populations while moving to sources of low carbon energy. It’s inspired by the UK government’s commitment to reduce emissions by at least 80% of 1990 levels by 2050.

The first of four Liveable Cities events, hosted by ICE East Midlands Chair Matt Huddleston, took place in Derby at the end of January.

Industry workers from across the region attended to hear from Professor Chris Rogers, from the School of Engineering at the University of Birmingham, who researches urban sustainability and resilience.

He discussed approaches to urban development that put people at the centre of thinking, which he referred to as “liveability”, when engineering contextual, resilient and sustainable cities.

Mike Peverill, Freelance Environmental Consultant, also talked about the effect of climate change on urban areas and the community groups within them, and the importance of data collection in planning and development.

“By 2020, it is predicted that some significant proportion of the world’s population will live in urban areas,” said Huddleston.

“It’s critical that cities manage the demands of infrastructure in a way that is resourceful, adaptable to future needs and environmentally sustainable.”

Keep up-to-date on future Liveable Cities events here.

  • Richard Davis, Apprenticeship Manager at Institution of Civil Engineers