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Civil engineering business faces up to climate change

A new study by the UK Climate Study Programme and Acclimatise has found that sectors employing civil engineers have the greatest awareness of climate change and its effects.
The survey looked at FTSE 100 and 250 companies, and asked them how aware they are of their company's carbon 'footprint'.John Firth, report author and managing director of Acclimatise said, 'Companies have to realise that they must take practical action to manage the damaging effects of inevitable climate change on their operations and their business strategies now or be exposed to risk across a range of business sensitive issues. There is no choice between mitigation and adaptation - businesses must pursue complementary actions on both.'The survey looked not just at how climate change affects business, but how they contribute to climate change.The four sectors of most concern for climate change experts were: Utilities, water resources, banking and finance and the chemical industry.Firth believes that while awareness is high, action is not. 'The worrying fact is that whilst awareness is increasing, this is not matched by positive action. This is a ticking time bomb for UK business,' he said.

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