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Carbon inquiry seeks evidence

ICE members are being urged to submit evidence to the institution’s latest inquiry, which will focus on how infrastructure can be designed, developed, maintained and operated to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions.

“Our existing vital infrastructure networks are going to need major upgrading, and the design, construction, maintenance and operation of our infrastructure will have a significant impact on the UK’s emissions levels and our ability to meet ambitious environmental targets,” said ICE director general Tom Foulkes.

“This new inquiry will examine how engineers can deliver large reductions in CO2 emissions across our networks, ultimately providing a low-carbon vision for the future.”
Findings from the inquiry will form the basis of a State of the Nation report, which will provide independent, authoritative and objective comment on the environmental impact infrastructure has on society.

The report will also explore how to significantly reduce infrastructure related emissions and change individual behaviour.
Key questions listed in the call to evidence - which has also been sent out to companies, government departments, opposition parties and regulatory bodies - revolve around legislation, regulation and low-carbon engineering solutions.

This is the second of the ICE’s new select committee-style State of the Nation inquiries.

The first focuses on defending critical infrastructures and has completed the evidence gathering stage.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to our inquiry on defending Critical Infrastructure, receiving over 40 written submissions and conducting more than 10 evidentiary hearings. We hope to gain even more support with this new project,” said Foulkes.

For full details for how to submit evidence go to

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