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Clarke urges construction to drive low carbon economy

Former Atkins chief executive Keith Clarke has used an ICE backed lecture to urge construction leaders to drive forward the creation of a low carbon economy.

Addressing a full audience at ICE headquarters he said, “We have finally moved beyond the rhetoric. Clients, academics, governments and the general public definitely want to hear what we have to say but we need to capitalise on that opportunity if we are to have any impact.”

Clarke, an ICE Fellow, has been delivering a series of lectures under Brunel lecture series banner. His was the 8th Brunel lecture series, and he had travelled the world delivering over 25 lectures and addressing over 2,500 people. He concluded in his final address in London saying that “we’re now on the cusp of a revolution”.

Decision time

“We have a decision to make,” he said. “Engineers are key in moving towards a low carbon society, but we need to think - do we wait to be told what problems to solve or do we lead in defining the questions?”

The Brunel Lecture Series was established by ICE in 1999 in memory of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, one of the world’s most respected pioneering engineers. Seven lecture series have been delivered around the world so far, covering issues of international importance such as technology for the third millennium, sustainable development, poverty alleviation and water security.

Arup international development director Jo da Silva will be present the 9th Brunel International Lecture series, Shifting agendas: From response to resilience - the role of engineering in disaster risk reduction. The series will begin on 21st May 2012. Visit to register.

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