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Deadline looms for panel's climate change report

ICE news

ENGINEERS HAVE less than two months to prove to chancellor Gordon Brown that they can combat the effects of climate change, ICE Council heard last week.

A working group set up by the Royal Academy of Engineering will report to Brown at the end of April.

It is looking at methods for tackling the effects of a variable and unpredictable weather system.

Brainchild of Academy president and BP group chief executive Lord John Browne, the 16strong panel was established. to look at climate change, assist developing countries and promote engineering in schools.

'Lord Browne explained that Gordon Brown would welcome a united engineering response on how to meet the challenges of climate change, ' ICE director general Tom Foulkes told the Council meeting.

'Timescales are tight - an initial proposal would be required by the end of April, ' added Foulkes. 'Subsequent funding and support could be made available if the initial response is favourable.' Since its launch late last year the committee, made up of members from all the major engineering institutions, has listed the areas that could help the climate issue.

They include: widespread rollout of electrication; developing carbon sequestration and bio fuels; scaling up existing clean technologies and developing the public understanding and awareness of the issues.

Working group participants Lord John Browne (chair) - group chief executive, BP John Armitt - chief executive, Network Rail Phil Blythe - professor of transport, Newcastle upon Tyne University Jacquie Burgess - professor of environment, East Anglia University David Clarke - head of technology strategy, Rolls-Royce Roland Clift - professor of environmental technology and centre for environmental strategy director, Surrey University Bill Coley - chief executive, British Energy Tom Delay - chief executive, The Carbon Trust Mark Fairbairn - executive director gas distribution, National Grid Mike Farley - director of technology policy liaison, Doosan Babcock Paul Golby - UK chief executive, E.On Keith Guy - director, Spiritus Roger Hitchin - technical director, BRE David Hone - group climate change advisor, Shell International BV Lord Ron Oxburgh - Former non-executive chair, Royal Dutch Shell Richard Parry-Jones - product development group vice president, Ford

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