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Unwin Lecture to focus on latest carbon reductions and future step changes

29 September 2020

Experts from across the Carbon Project will address this year’s Unwin Lecture, focusing on updated carbon emissions data from UK infrastructure as well as areas for necessary improvements in future. 

Unwin Lecture to focus on latest carbon reductions and future step changes

The latest work undertaken as part of the Carbon Project will be unveiled at the Unwin Lecture on Thursday 8 October, as experts from the project’s workstreams reveal the latest carbon emissions data, what it means for infrastructure and what step changes are required in future.

Launched earlier this year, the Carbon Project is designed to turn recommendations from the 2020 State of the Nation Report into reality, with three of its members set to address this year’s lecture.

Front and centre at the event will be research funded by the ICE’s Research and Development Enabling Fund, which reveals the level of carbon emissions from the UK construction sector between 2010 and 2018.

The research has been carried out by Dr Jannik Giesekam, Research Fellow in the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions (CREDS) at the University of Leeds, and will be the first time such data has been updated since the Government’s Infrastructure Carbon Review in 2013.

Dr Giesekam, member of the Identifying Systems-Level Reduction in In-Use Carbon workstream, will detail his research findings, examine the differences between capital carbon, operational carbon and user carbon, and also identify where step changes need to be made in order for the UK to meet its 2030 climate targets.

Workstream chair, Tim Chapman of Arup, will also address the lecture and explain why a systems approach is crucial to make the necessary step changes in carbon reductions, while Maria Manidaki of Mott MacDonald will analyse what this latest data means for practitioners.

Chapman said: “These fresh data on sources of UK infrastructure emissions will equip the sector with the vital information necessary to choose how to achieve Net Zero as quickly and painlessly as possible.”

Read Tim Chapman’s recent blog: A Systems Approach to Net Zero

  • Anna Plodowski, knowledge content producer at ICE