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ICE calls for evidence submissions to new low-carbon inquiry

Construction companies, government departments, opposition parties, regulatory bodies, and industry figures are all being called upon to submit evidence to the Institution of Civil Engineers’ latest inquiry on low-carbon infrastructure.

The inquiry is the second of the ICE’s new select-committee style State of the Nation reports, and will be looking into how infrastructure can be designed, developed, maintained and operated to deliver significant reductions in carbon emissions against current levels.

ICE’s Director General, Tom Foulkes, said: “Our existing vital infrastructure networks are going to need major upgrading, and the design, construction, maintenance and operation of our infrastructure will have a significant impact on the UK’s emissions levels and our ability to meet ambitious environmental targets.

“This new inquiry will examine how engineers can deliver large reductions in CO2 emissions across our networks, ultimately providing a low-carbon vision for the future.

“We’ve had a fantastic response to our first inquiry on Defending Critical Infrastructure, receiving over 40 written submissions and conducting more than 10 evidentiary hearings. We hope to gain even more support with this new project.”

The inquiry findings will be used as the basis for a major ICE report to be issued in autumn 2009. The report will offer apolitical, authoritative, and objective comment on the current environmental impact infrastructure has on society and promote leading edge thinking on how to significantly reduce infrastructure related emissions and change individual behaviour.

Key questions include:

  • Which low-carbon engineering solutions have the potential to deliver the greatest reductions in emissions over the next 50 years?
  • Which available low-carbon engineering solutions are being effectively implemented?
  • How can standardised low-carbon practices be rolled-out across infrastructure sectors?
  • What legislation, regulation and/or market incentives are needed to deliver wholesale change?
  • What are the barriers (political, social, economic and institutional) to the delivery of low-carbon infrastructure and, in turn, a low-carbon economy?

The ICE is inviting written submissions of no more than 3,000 words. Deadline for submissions is Wednesday 20 May. Oral evidence sessions will be held in the first two weeks in June. For more information go to

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