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Engineers demand Copenhagen invite

International engineering consultants have written to United Nations secretary general Ban Ki-moon requesting an invitation to give evidence at the Copenhagen Climate Change Summit in November.

The open letter, written by FIDIC as a key action from last month’s annual conference in London, states that it is “vital that agreement is reached not simply on carbon emission targets but on meaningful action to mitigate and adapt to climate change which already affects our world”.

The letter will also be sent to the relevant world bodies and the leaders of the G20 countries.

“The engineering profession globally is ready to use its enormous skills and innovation to ensure we meet the targets.”

FIDIC letter

The letter adds: “We believe that consulting engineers are part of the solution to the result of resource conflicts, natural disasters, security of energy and transport supply, economic crises, and massive poverty.

“The engineering profession globally is ready to use its enormous skills and innovation to ensure we meet the targets.”

ACE chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin said: “Climate change is the biggest challenge humankind faces. The consultancy sector is ready to play its part to tackle it but we need a firm mandate from the Copenhagen conference to help governments reach their carbon emission targets.”

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