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Engineers must lead emissions-cut campaign

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ENGINEERS NEED to be in the forefront of the campaign to cut carbon emissions, a leading scientist for global responsibility will tell ICE members next month.

Director of the campaign group Scientists for Global Responsibility, Dr Stuart Parkinson, will argue that civil engineers have a 'special responsibility' to lobby for greater energy efficiency in construction.

The Changing the Climate meeting being held at Great George Street on 10 May will highlight government's commitment to the Kyoto protocol which pledges to cut greenhouse emissions by 5.2% by 2012.

areth Jones, divisional director for sustainable energy consultant ESD, will explain to the meeting why engineers should act now, even though the measures have yet to affect engineers directly.

He will talk about the European Union emissions trading scheme - currently being piloted - under which companies are allocated a fi ed number of carbon allowances. Each allowance is equivalent to a tonne of carbon dioxide which can be traded with other firms.

'The targets between 2005 and 2007 will not be that onerous and the impact not that great, ' said Jones. But he anticipates subsequent targets will be increased and 'start to bite'.

Jones believes carbon trading could affect construction costs and how contracts are awarded.

Construction materials could be given a carbon credit rating according to the way they are manufactured and the level of embodied emissions contained.

Ultimately, entire engineering projects could be assigned carbon credit ratings, said Jones, allowing clients to choose designs with lower carbon emissions.

. Changing climate - carbon emissions in civil engineering will be held at the ICE at 6pm on 10 May.

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