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Engineers urge carbon action plan

International engineering consultants last week agreed to push for a carbon reduction deal at the forthcoming Copenhagen climate change summit.

Delagates at the 2009 FIDIC conference in London agreed to pen an open letter to governments attending December’s climate change summit, appealing for a deal which they say will help end war, poverty and starvation.

“Engineers from around the world have proposed solutions to these issues.”

Nelson Ogunshakin, Association for Consultancy & Engineering

“Seven hundred consulting engineers from around the world have proposed critical engineering solutions to these issues,” said Association for Consultancy & Engineering chief executive Nelson Ogunshakin.

FIDIC chairman John Boyd put forward the proposal for an open letter, saying he had been inspired by debates at the conference. A number of actions were agreed including:

  • Identifying and using brand ambassadors and investing in schools and careers earlier
  • Investing in the right people and giving appropriate training
  • Commiting to proper and sustained funding for advocacy
  • Creating standards for sustainable design and carbon accounting
  • Developing policies to ensure that professionals act with integrity

2009 FIDIC conference

A full report of the conference will appear in NCE next week.

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